Snow Covered Branches
I made these snow covered branches as part of my
home decor for this winter. I just got all my holiday decorations put
away and I always have trouble figuring out what to display on my
mantle until Valentine's day. I got this idea while taking a walk by my
birch tree in my front yard. It always drops these long, intricate
sticks. I gathered a bunch of them, killed off the bugs, and gave them
an easy coat of Imitation Snow paint. This turned out to be an easy
winter craft that doubles as beautiful home decor. I could see using
these branches in a variety of different ways... they can be used to
create a swag, a centerpiece, or to adorn a picture frame. You can also
use the snow paint on pinecones, or anything else you want to give a
"winter look" to!
Needed to Make Snow Covered Branches:
- Branches/twigs from Nature
- Bleach or insecticide
- Imitation Snow Paint
- Wooden craft stick (popsicle stick)
- Vase or other container
1. Making these snow covered branches was very easy, and inexpensive
too! Go outside and find some branches laying around. This gives you a
good excuse to go take a walk or a hike. Pick them up from the ground,
do not clip them off live trees. If you do this in the winter like I
did, you probably won't have a bug problem. If you want to be
careful anyhow (like I did), kill any bugs by soaking the
branches in some water with a bit of bleach overnight, then rinse them
and allow them to dry. I
have also read that you can put the branches in a garbage bag, spray
them with insecticide, and then seal the bag for a day or so. When you
remove them you can give them a rinse and allow them to air dry.
2. Next I arranged these branches in a container first, so that any
trimming could be done before the painting. I also decided to
paint my branches while they were in the vase, so they could dry well.
You could paint all your branches while there are laying on
newspaper, however be prepared that they may stick to the paper a
arranged the sticks in the vase and placed it where I wanted it on the
mantle. Since I knew I was going to put it on the left side, I
arranged some of the longer twigs to come out from the right of the
vase. Some of my branches were naturally bent, or curved, to
so I arranged these to sway to the right. You can get creative
with your containers. It does not
have to be a vase; try a recycled Pringle can (decorate or spray paint
it), shabby-chic buckets or pails, or tall bowls. You can always put
floral foam in the bottom so you have something to push and hold the
sticks into, if needed.
3. The imitation snow I chose to use was called "Fantasy Snow" by
Delta. The 4 oz bottle cost me about $4.00 at my local craft store.
There are different types of artificial snow glues, so use one
of your choosing. "Fantasy Snow" by Delta was easy to apply and had
tiny foam balls with the glue, with a tiny bit of glitter for sparkle.
It gives a very subtle effect, which is what I was looking for. You can
always add more later. Begin by placing the vase of
branches over newspapers, because you will have some snow falling off.
You may also want to cover the vase or container with newspaper to
protect it. Then, follow the directions on the jar for applying the
snow to the branches. For the Delta Fantasy Snow, I mixed up the snow
with a wooden craft stick (popsicle stick). I used this same
stick to apply
the snow. I began at the tips of the branches, rubbing and scraping the
snow off the craft stick on to the branch. It it a bit time consuming,
but your effort will be well worth it.
4. Allow the snow covered branches to dry overnight. The glue part
dries clear, just leaving the little snowballs. If you want to add more
snow, allow the arrangement to dry overnight and then add another
layer to the snow covered branches the next day. I stopped at one coat,
as I liked the subtle effect. I
would love to see your photos if you make your own snow covered
branches, or if you used the imitation snow for another purpose. Please
a photo of your craft using the link at the end of this page. Please
mention the type of snow you used in the craft. Many thanks back to all of you!
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Thank you for the ideas - I love the idea of bringing some of the natural beauty of the outside into the home. I really like the snow effect on the winter...
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