Monday, December 5, 2011

How to make Iced Branches

Happy Monday, friends! We're coming off of a weekend full of rain! Yea! Happy dances all around. I was hoping we'd buy our Christmas tree this weekend but we put it off since lugging a soggy tree home was less than appealing. Hopefully, we'll check this one off the to-do list in the next couple of days.

I spent the day painting on Friday and I'm very excited to share the progress of our built-in sometime this week. I left you with a big tease over the weekend, but I've got a little more work to do before the big reveal!

In the meantime, how about something that sparkles to hold your attention?! Iced branches are beautiful and help to create a whimsical atmosphere when used in Christmas decorating. I ran across a great tutorial that was just screaming to be passed on.

How to make Iced Branches:


Iced Branches via Save on Crafts
Materials

Step 1.
Place a sheet of newspaper down for a work area. Pour a pile of Colorfill Diamonds (and German glass glitter for extra sparkle) in the center. 
Step 2.
Place tacky glue on the branches and smooth it out along the branch(not in big clumps). Then fold the paper slightly then roll the branch in the Diamonds (and glitter). Let set for about 45 minutes. Now work on the opposite side of the branch. Wait 1/2 hour and you have ice covered branches. Easy as that!

Need a visual? Here ya go...





Think of the possibilities! Mantles, vases, porches...the list goes on. Don't limit yourself to branches, this process would also work on decorative balls or sparkly pinecones, just to name a few.

I hope there's some sparkle in your day today, friends. 

If you'd like help creating something wonderful in your own house, contact me. Did you know e-design is available? Put it on your Christmas list today...design gift certificates!

Linking to: The Shabby Nest
                   The Corson Cottage

43 comments:

  1. Dana, funny you and I were both using sticks!! These are wonderful and so easy, what a great idea and thanks for giving us the how-to!

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  2. Seriously! Now my branches are all looking a little umm...boring! I'm already starting a list of projects for next year and this is ON IT!! Thanks!

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  3. Great tutorial! I love these. I would love for you to share this at The Corson Cottage for our {Home for the Holidays} link party ~ Carrie
    http://thecorsoncottage.blogspot.com/2011/12/home-for-holidays-link-party-features.html

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  4. Wow. Those are totally gorgeous! thanks for sharing.

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  5. Visiting from the Corson Cottage. These are stunning! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm a new follower.

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  6. Had some store purchased ones with areas of missing clusters from storing them,will repair them now.thank you

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  7. I just found Pinterest!! And what a find! Love these glitter ice sticks. I preserve my own eucalyptus branches...might have some holiday fun with this idea ... Cannot lose, they will smell good anyway !

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  8. Do you know if this would work outdoors in an uncovered area?

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    1. i had a wreath outside for 7 years. over time it's lost some of its sparkle but now i know how to fix it !!

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  9. Going top use this for my wedding this december! Graci!

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  10. Thinking of putting the glitter in a large yard bag.then using spray glue on the branches , quickly putting them in the bag and gently shaking.what do you think?

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  11. This is such a great idea. I can't wait to try it now that winter is on it's way again. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Great idea!!!!I'' ll keep it in mind and try it for Christmas.Thanks for sharing it!Greetings from Greece Anastasia

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  13. Do you happen to know how many branches a bag of diamond crystals will cover? I am thinking about doing this for a ladies Christmas tea.

    Thanks!
    JC

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  14. Jeanine...It just depends on how much glue you apply. Liberal amounts will hold more crystals and vice versa. If you're trying to be budget-friendly, try rolling the branch in clear glitter first then roll in the diamond crystals. This way you still get sparkle but it may save a penny or two. Good luck!

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  15. this is amazing are there different colors of the diamonds to use. is water beads the same thing. So want to do this project. New to crafts

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  16. I can't find Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler. Any suggestion?

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  17. Marsha, You can buy them online at www.save-on-crafts.com. You could also click on the link in this post where Color Fill is listed and it'll take you straight to it. Good luck!

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  18. Hi Dana,
    My name is Melissa and I'm the editor for FaveCrafts.com. I'm so glad I happened to stumble upon your blog! I saw this tutorial and absolutely fell in love with it. I'd love to publish it on FaveCrafts. Please let me know if you'd like more info about this. You can reach me at mconner@primecp.com.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you!
    Best,
    Melissa :)

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  19. genius!! and super cute! i'll definitely be doing this soon.

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  20. I tried it, Dana! I also had a bit of a fail and learned a few things. Check out my post on my experience with this. http://www.hypheninteriors.com/2012/11/diy-how-to-make-iced-branches-i-tried-it.html

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  21. What a nice iced branches idea, i should try this wonderful craft idea
    Thanks :)

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  22. Adding lights to a clear ase holding the "sparkly sticks" makes them sparkle even more. Used them on my buffet as these thing for the appetizers for the holidays. They would be lovely for wedding decor as well.

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  23. Just wondering if kosher salt could be used? As anyone tried it?

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  24. WELL!!! This is just awesome. I love it. I am trying to find the crystals on line right now. Thank you' and your beautiful crafty mind so much for sharing.

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  25. I love this idea, thanks for sharing definitely going to try this

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  26. Thanks
    for sharing, have lying around and wondered whether to chuck them out, lovely.

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  27. I was thinking Epsom salts would work too

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  29. I have a kitchen Christmas tree and I have sparkles on all my bought decorations...the peppermint large balls have crystals like this...the garland over the years us losing its "sugar" as we like to refer to it...I've always said to anyone who comments on my tree that I need to find out how to do that and.... now I know. Thanks

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  30. Someone can tell the materials in spanish? Thank u!

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  31. German glass glitter? I've never heard of this! Bou the project looks great :)

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  32. Anna D, Twinklet's Diamond Dust is, I'm pretty sure, the same as german glass glitter. If you have access to Michael's, they sell a large jar for around $9 last time I checked. It is crushed glass so be aware so you don't get cut. I've used it for quite some time with a lot of my Christmas decor and it is gorgeous! A little goes a long way.

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  33. FANTASTIC!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Brilliant!

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  34. I bought them at Michaels $.30 on sale. I have alot of crystal stones (my father was in jewelry business ) & biggetts can I use them?Epson salt meltsI used it on my globes with mod podge What glitter is (Kirks Folly) ok it has stars,half moon beautiful, Im into all crafts,wresths,decorated glass blocks. By the way does anyone know where I can get Vinyl transfers? Can I make them with Contact Paper? Im sorry, so many questions.

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  35. Lovely idea! Simple and easy to do. Sweet of you to share : )

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  36. Hi Dana! These are beautiful & I hope to make some myself! Just wondering if you have a recommendation on what kind of sticks/branches to use? Are there some that work better than others or that don't work at all? Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous creation!
    Sincerely,
    Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja

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  37. I love the look of glitter glass but didn't realize it is actually tiny shards of glass and I was scared to handle my project afterward because I was going to sell it on a wreath.But will look for the vase filler love this.

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  38. Hi there, I know i'm late to the party on this but I'm so excited
    about the idea! Just wondering - could this be done with
    fake (or real) pine tree (ie christmas tree)? I'm working on
    a project that needs a little special sparkle and think this
    would be great but.... Also, if I gave it a go, is there any
    kind of spray glue that might work? I'm just thinking that
    the needles would make regular glue complicated!
    Any advice would be appreciated! :) thanks@

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  39. Michaels carries the floral filler. I found it in the bridal/floral area. It comes in two sizes.
    You are not looking for the crushes styrofoam. It looks like clear crystals.
    I have used this for many projects: wreaths, small trees for my front porch at Christma, ornaments ( clear glass ornaments..add a bow and voila!...a great gift!)

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