Monday, May 16, 2011

Wishing Trees

I love 
Wishing Trees!

With "Wedding Season" coming up, I thought 
I'd share a few that have inspired me...

This elegant beauty is TDF!
From Here Comes the Guide 

Simple is beautiful too..
From Boho Weddings & Events

But Wishing Tree's 
are not just for weddings anymore!

Here's a wonderful example 
from The Party Dress for 
a baby shower wishing tree...
A wonderful Anniversary Tree
from The Knot

The possibilities are endless...
birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and so on...

Inspired to make your own?

Here's a helpful "How To" guide 
from Wedding Chicks

This is a really simple & fun project you can buy everything you need to create your own wishing tree from Blooms & Branches. You can purchase your manzanita branches for your wishing tree + they also sell entire kits as well, or if you want to make your own, here's the scoop...

Materials needed:
  • One 18" Manzanita branch
  • One 5 x 5 block of foam
  • One plastic container (8 inches in diameter, 7 inches tall)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Newspapers
  • Disposable container for mixing the plaster
  • "Wishing Cards" click HERE to get the template featured above
The foam block and Plaster of Paris were easily obtained at a craft store (Michaels Crafts in this case). The plastic container was purchased at Home Depot, and is actually a plastic flower pot. You can pretty much use any type of cute pot or planter that matches your theme.

Step 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. Use firm and steady pressure, being careful not to move the branch around. We don’t want to make the hole in the foam oversized. 2 or 3 inches ought to be enough. If something goes wrong, you can always turn the foam over and use the other side.
Step 2. Gently lift the 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.
Step 3. You can fill the rest of the container with Plaster of Paris, 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.
Step 4. Mix your Plaster of Paris according to the instructions on the can. 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.
Step 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.

Here's wishing you 
a Wonderful Day!

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