DIY Manzanita Branch Centerpiece Idea

When I saw the above centrepiece on Weddingbells I really appreciated how great of a statement the Manzanita Branches made in the reception hall. Try spray painting the branches to match your decor colours!

What you’ll need:

  • One 5 x 5 block of foam
  • One plastic container (8 inches in diameter, 7 inches tall)
  • Plaster
  • Newspapers
  • Disposable container for mixing the plaster

1. After preparing your work area to protect from plaster mishaps, start by inserting the base of your Manzanita tree into the block of foam.

2. Gently lift the and block and branch together, and place it into the container. Use gentle pressure to seat the block snugly down into the container, making sure it’s level.

3. You can fill the rest of the container with plaster, however for this demonstration we rolled up small sections of newspaper and stuffed them neatly around the foam block, leaving about 2 inches of space to the top of the container.

4. Mix your plaster according to the instructions. A heavier batch (not too soupy) is easier to work with and sets faster. Pour the plaster into the container, spreading it evenly over the top of the foam block. Fill to within 1/2 inch of the top. Be advised that a glass container may be a problem, as this material can expand and heat up a bit and could break the glass.

5. That’s it! Set your tree out of the way for about 20 to 30 minutes while the plaster cures. After the plaster has cured, place other materials on top and around the base to conceal the plaster.

Sources: Wedding Chicks,  Weddingbells, Union Eleven Photography

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