We decided we wanted to do something different for our wedding guest book. I love the idea of having a special way to remember those who shared the day with us. I didn't want to have a book that would be tucked away after the big day and scarcely looked at. I searched for an idea that could be incorporated into our theme and decor. My mom and one of my sweet bridesmaids helped me create a "wishing tree" :)
It turned out perfectly! Our reception was held in a large room, so it really added height to the decor. I also loved giving guests the opportunity to write more than just their names. It was so fun to read everyone's notes when we got home from our honeymoon. Now we enjoy our tags on the wall in our living room!
To make the tree...
You will need:
3- 30-36" branches
2 cans of metallic gold spray paint
1 can of gold glitter spray paint
12-14" deep planter
3 bags of plaster
1 large bag of Spanish moss
Hot glue gun
paint stick to stir
1. Be sure to choose branches that are not brittle and snap at the touch. If you cut fresh branches, let them dry out for a few days before use.
2. Following the instructions provided with your plaster, carefully mix it inside your planter. I tried mixing the plaster in a bucket first, but it dried too quickly. Mix one bag, and insert your branches as desired while plaster is wet. Have a friend hold the branches in place as you add the last two bags. This can be tricky and messy! Have wet rags or paper towels on hand to wipe off any excess that may splash on the sides of the planter before it dries. Also, be sure to remove your ring for this process. ;)
3. Once the plaster is firm enough for the branches to stand alone, bring your tree out to an open airy area. Spray the branches with 2 even coats of gold spray paint. Hold the can 8-10 inches away, and spray from different angles. Apply a final coat using your glitter spray paint. Let dry overnight.
4. Complete your tree by gluing Spanish moss around the base to cover the plaster.
I couldn't believe how quickly branches could be transformed into a beautiful glittering tree. Stay tuned for a tutorial on how I made the tags for my wishing tree!