When I think of spring in Oklahoma I think of three things.
- Pollen and the allergies that come with it.
- Redbud blooms.
- Bradford Pear blooms.
And since I’d been seeing the redbuds in full bloom I got such a hankering to bring them into my home like you cannot believe. So Russell and I grabbed the nippers and went for a drive. And since my simple glass vase seemed, well, too simple for these magnificent blooms, I thought I’d fancy it up just a bit. Because decorating with branches is super inexpensive and gorgeously high impact!
For this project you will need:
- alcohol (the rubbing, not the drinky-drinky kind)
- acrylic paint
- gel stain
Take your lightest colors first and daub dots all around the bottom, and the lower portion of the sides.
Layer your colors with the lighter underneath and the darker or brighter on top. Don’t worry tons if a dot isn’t perfect. It will get lost in the overall effect anyway.
Now you have to work quickly here because you can easily wash away your paint. Take a clean rag or super soft paper towel (like Viva) and rub some stain on and quickly rub it off with the clean side of the rag.
And now a few tips on decorating with branches…
- If your branches have not yet bloomed, you can force them by filling your vase with hot water.
- If you don’t have access to flowering bushes or trees, green leaves budding can be just as beautiful.
- Branches tend to get smellier when the water turns than regular flowers, so keep this in mind if placing the arrangement nearby eating areas and things of that nature.
- Cut the branches longer than you figure you’ll need. You can always trim them down at home but you can’t will them to grow longer when you’re trying to arrange them.
- Work with the branches to get a pleasing arrangement. You may need to nest one branch inside of another to get it to stand up straight or to fan out the way you want it to.
- Lay out your branches BEFORE adding water to the vase. Because big, dripping wet branches are HEAVY.
I especially love that this takes up so much room in my office without costing me big bucks.
In fact, I already had the vase under the kitchen sink, the paints on hand and the branches only cost a few stickaburrs :)
By the time I got around to writing this post, I’d already had to take my branches down which is kind of sad. BUT I’m totally eyeballing the neighbor’s Forsythia!