Do It Yourself, or DIY, wedding projects allow you to create your own personalized favors and touches that can be applied in any way you can imagine on your special day, for a shower, a party or whenever. All you need are some basic items and a little creativity.
We have lovely Manzanita Tree Do It Yourself Wish Card Templates downloads for you. Download here and you can purchase the card stock to print out here. The Wish Card Templates are designed to be printed on pre-perforated paper, so it’s a super easy DIY project!
You will see a small hole on the right hand side of each card. Use a hole punch and pull a piece of ribbon, raffia or twine through each wishing tag. Scatter across the table or place them in a beautiful bowl for guests to write their wishes to the two of you.
These instructions are for creating a base for one Manzanita branch, 18 inches high. This is a really simple and fun project brought to you buy bloomsandbranches.com where you can purchase your manzanita branches for your wedding wishing tree.
Materials used in this demonstration:
- One 5 x 5 block of foam
- One plastic container (8 inches in diameter, 7 inches tall)
- Plaster of Paris
- Disposable container for mixing the plaster
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.
1. After preparing your work area to protect from plaster misshaps, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.