How to Make Manzanita Centerpieces

Overview

Manzanita centerpieces can be used for everything from formal weddings to theme parties. The branches are interestingly-shaped and very strong, allowing you to hang items from them to personalize your design. In addition, manzanita branches are easily obtained and relatively inexpensive, according to Real Simple. These centerpieces do not need water, unless you are adding real flowers to the container, so they last a long time and can be used over and over again with a few modifications.

Step 1

Fill your container with marbles, pebbles or anything else that will be sturdy enough to hold the manzanita branch upright. Large, heavy branches should be placed in a container filled with plaster of Paris. Be sure to plug any holes in the container before pouring in the plaster, and use a container that is opaque, not clear. Twelve cups of plaster per branch is recommended by the Wedding Aces website. Mix the plaster according to the directions on the package.

Step 2

Insert the branch into the container. If inserting into plaster of Paris, support the branch by leaning it against a wall or other item, and let it dry overnight. Rearrange the marbles, pebbles or other items around the branch, turning it until it is displayed to your satisfaction.

Step 3

Add a layer of dried moss, silk flowers, sand or other material to hide any plaster of Paris that is still showing, especially in short, wide containers such as wooden boxes. Use a hot glue gun or spray-on glue to attach the items.

Step 4

Decorate the branches. Drape crystals from them for an elegant look, or hang small votive candles holders to light up the centerpiece. Alternately, use hot glue to attach flower blossoms to the branches, giving the centerpiece a bonsai look.

Things You'll Need

  • Manzanita branches
  • Pebbles, marbles or rice
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Vase
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Spray on glue
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Decorative accessories of your choice

References

  • Wedding Aces: Manzanita Branch Centerpieces
  • Real Simple: Manzanita Centerpieces
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About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.