When the guys at Rust-Oleum got in touch a couple of weeks back to see if I fancied taking part in a bit of a blogger challenge they were running to create a wedding craft the timing couldn’t have been better.
As you all know my sister is getting married next year and I am one of her bridesmaids, so far, as part of my Project Bridesmaid series, I have been focusing on myself and losing some weight so I’ll look good on the day. The time has come, however, to start actually taking care of my real duties.
To be fair my sister has organised almost everything, by herself, already. Where I come in is with some of her finishing touches for the big day. There is to be a shabby chic, crafty theme, so I’m well equipped to help out.
Having used the paints from Rust-Oleum before and knowing the kind of thing my sister was after I decided to create a ‘Wedding Tree’ for all her guests to hang tags off with messages of love and congratulations for the happy couple.
I hadn’t made anything like this before so I was winging it a bit but as it turns out it was really easy, it looks amazing and is completely individual. Interested? Here’s how.
What you need
- A Plastic Garden Pot (mine was from the pound shop) – £1.00
- A few large stones for weight – Free
- A few branches, nice and bobbly – Free
- 1 Block Floristry Foam (mine was from Ebay) – £1.50
- Approx 40g Florists Moss (also Ebay) – £7.98
- 1 x Spray Surface Primer 400ml – £9.49 – I used about 2/3 of the can
- 1 x Spray Painter’s Touch in Antique White – £9.49 – I used the entire can.
- 1 x Natural Effects in Cast Iron 750ml – £14.99 – I barely used any, with hindsight I would have been better with the spray version, for speed and cost.
- 1 x Spray in Gold Glitter 400ml (optional but awesome) – £9.49 – I barely used any so this will last for so many more projects.
Total cost – £53.94 with lots of paint to spare for more projects and a quick online search shows similar items starting at £30.00 without a pot, any decoration and devoid of sparkles.
How to make
- Step one – find your branches, mine are from our apple tree, I wanted something that was firm but had lots of little branches and nobbly bits for hanging tags off. If you are cutting and using branches from a live tree you will need to leave them to dry for a while.
- Step two – prime your pot and branches. Using the spray is really easy and really quick, touch dry in 20 minutes, only needs one coat, simple. Coat one side, leave to dry, go back and do the other then leave everything 24 hours for it to fully harden.
- Step three – using the Cast Iron effect paint give the outside of your pot a coat, leave to one side to dry. When dry paint the inside of your pot, you don’t have to do all of the inside, only about half, as most of it won’t be seen. Again this is touch dry in 20 minutes and fully hardened in 24 hours, so will need to be left overnight before adding the final touches. I only needed one coat though.
- Step four – using the Antique White spray coat your branches, leaving 20 minutes between turns or coats. I found I needed two coats of the paint to get a good coverage.
- Step five – when the branches are touch dry add your sparkles. I popped my branches into a block of floristry foam to hold them up and then using Gold Glitter Spray gave them all one coat to provide a beautiful shimmer. You can keep adding layers to build the level of glitter until you are happy. Leave overnight before assembling the tree.
- Step six – pop a few stones in the bottom of your pot for weight.
- Step seven – cut your floristry foam to size and fill the top of the pot, it doesn’t have to be exact as it will be covered but the more you can fill the better the overall finish will be.
- Step eight – arrange your branches and push them into the foam.
- Step nine – to complete the look cover the foam base with the moss, you may wish to use a few pins or florists wire to hold in place.
- Step ten – start thinking about what you’ll write on your tag when it comes to the big day!! This is arguably the hardest step.
I’m really pleased with how well this has turned out and how easy it was to make. I shall be using plain brown luggage tags embellished with Washi Tape or Ribbon for people to write their messages on, but that is another crafting job for another day. I shall also be helping to make the favour bags, centre pieces and more so stay tuned for more shabby chic wedding crafts.
Disclosure – I was gifted my Rust-Oleum products in exchange for my time creating this post, all other items I purchased personally.