Manzanita Branches

A couple months ago I did not even know what a manzanita branch was. Now I’m OBSESSED with them. I drive down the road and see fallen branches and think, ‘Can I turn that into a manzanita branch centerpiece?’ We all know the answer to that… no. But it does not stop me from really thinking about it. While we are at the park with our dog, Mr. Fro Yo is searching for walking sticks and other things to whip cactus with, and I’m looking for manzanita branches. It’s sad really, but they are so expensive I can’t even begin to think how much it would cost to have an arrangement on every table. And then after the wedding, what am I going to do with 16 manzanita centerpieces? Maybe I can settle and have them on one table? I don’t know, but I must have them somewhere. Look how gorgeous they are:



And another with just some manzanita elements:



I Googled “manzanita centerpiece wedding” and this wonderful tutorial came up with what looked like just three “ingredients”.



Now I’m starting to get brave, except the problem is one of the “ingredients” is plaster, and there aren’t just three steps. This will not be easy. What the heck, why was I born with ZERO crafting ability? I can dream things up, but just can’t execute them. Sigh”¦

Have you attempted your own manzanita branch centerpieces? Do you have any tutorials or tips to share?


Mrs. Frozen Yogurt

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April 2010
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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:39 pm

    no i haven’t. i gave up on the manzanita branches and decided to just look for branchy branches instead. i figure i can collect enough for free and still have it look really good! plus, after the wedding, i won’t have to worry about what to do with them

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    Champagne Wishes 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:39 pm

    How glamours these look! I didn’t know they were called manzanita branches so that is good to know. I will have to look at that tutorial ASAP!

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    Clover 99 posts, Worker bee @ 3:40 pm

    You can totally do this and make your own. Here are some crafty ideas.

    Spray paint the branches to match your scheme, white, metallic, etc.

    Setting the branches within the plaster is super easy, just remember to plug any holes at the bottom of your vase/pot.

    Once they’re set, you can use faux flowers, candles, lights to decorate. I think the cost of manzanite centerpieces would be pretty competitive compared to flowers.

    Once your wedding is over you can sell them, give them to friends/family for decor or donate them.

    Do it!!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:44 pm

    @Clover: Thanks for your encouragement! I’m definitely incorporating them in the wedding. I love them too much not to.

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    msdtighe17, Guest @ 3:45 pm

    I am doing them for my October wedding.

    I bought 2 smaller branches per centerpiece from Save on Crafts…(sandblasted ones), bamboo boxes from Ikea for $2.00 a piece and used plaster of paris to cement them into the box. I have a florist filling the top with flowers and I have made 4 hanging votives per tree, and tied satin ribbon around the middle of the box.

    Good luck!

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    krissycake, Guest @ 3:48 pm

    i just started my manzanita centerpieces and after an unfortunate plaster incident (let’s just say, i am glad it cleans up easy!) I changed the logitics a little and secured the branches in floral foam, then filled in the excess space with (are you ready?) PINTO BEANS! Heh, they match my colors, were affordable (offset the cost of my order to bloomsandbranches – which wasn’t SUPER high, but high enough for me to scrimp elsewhere) and even the FI was impressed by the simple ‘ingredients.’

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    krissycake 4160 posts, Honey bee @ 3:49 pm

    hmm..that above comment was from me, but i guess it wasn’t logged in complete!

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    KellyV 2520 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:50 pm has some VERY affordable ones! You could do half the tables with teh branches and the other half with flowers/lanterns/whatever it is you decide to do. I went to a wedding recently that did this and it was beautiful. Alternatively, you could do a grand one on the seating card table at the entrance

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:50 pm

    @krissycake: Wow great idea! Good job being resourceful!!

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    KellyV 2520 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:51 pm

    btw – the plaster of paris sounds much scarier than it is. I’ve worked with it many times, its quite easy, and you cna cover the exposed plaster in the base with anything – those pinto beans suggested, moss, river stones, crystals, etc

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    krissycake 4160 posts, Honey bee @ 3:51 pm

    @Miss Frozen Yogurt: thanks! i wish you good luck in your manzanita journey as well! i know what it’s like to be smitten with centerpieces, lol!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:54 pm

    @KellyV: I’m definitely going to bookmark that page. Lots of good info! Thanks for sharing!

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    ShoeHunter 32 posts, Newbee @ 3:54 pm

    I remember when i was in the same place as you. The day i fell in love with the manzanita was the day my family/friends thought i was officially crazy. The bulk price quote that i got for each manzanita branch was $40 (CDN). That doesn’t include shipping and any decorations that i came up with. Sadly, we don’t have Save on Crafts here, i can order online, but the shipping would have killed me. Then my cheap side started talking too loud and made me look for any kind of branch that resembles the manzanita. That wasn’t a good idea. I became obsessed with “branches” for a while although i didn’t pick/collect any of them, i was just “studying” them. Then thankgoodnessmy common sense kicked in. I finally admited to myself that YES i can have and decorate all the manzanita branches, but it won’t be good logistics wise. They might get damaged en route to the venue. And my guests might fall in love with them too, BUT i’m pretty sure they wouldn’t wanna take some “branches” home. In the end, i had tropical flowers instead which i totally fell in love with and was really unique :)

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    Ms. Shabby Chic 116 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:55 pm

    My thoughts on this… first, love the manzanita branches, too. :) Secondly, maybe you can stick to just an escort card table for this? Third, I couldn’t relate to you more when you say “why was I born with ZERO crafting ability? I can dream things up, but just can’t execute them. Sigh…” I say the same exact thing!

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    Pelikila 821 posts, Busy bee @ 3:59 pm

    Check the Nettleton Hollow blog ( for a pretty decent how-to for manzanita centerpieces.

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:03 pm

    @Ms. Shabby Chic: Aww, isn’t it hard?? Thankfully I found a very crafty (and sweet) florist who gets my vision!
    @Pelikila: I love Nettleton Hollow! Great stuff!

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    mandalynn17 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:06 pm

    I was also going to mention maybe, since they seem to be so expensive, you could have one on the escort card or gift table. That way you can have the beatiful branches without breaking the bank.

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 4:07 pm

    i love the look of manzanita branches! hope you find good prices to buy them

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 4:09 pm

    I had 3 of them for decor on my wedding. Very simple. I just used a clear vase (decorated it with red ribbon), put some river rocks to hold the tree. Then I added dahlias and hanging votives. Now, I have one of them on display in my living room. I love manzanita trees too!

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    Opus 362 posts, Helper bee @ 4:27 pm

    I am planning to use manzanita branches on our escort card table and maybe a couple others and the bar. Manzanita grows in the mountains and foothills around me, so I was able to get a branch for free by cutting it myself. I’ve been drying it in my mother’s garden shed, and it looks great! If I remember correctly, manzanita also grows in parts of Texas.

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    jhguba 242 posts, Helper bee @ 4:38 pm

    I have seen them for sale on Craigslist before. Maybe you could score some there!

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    Miss Artichoke 5 posts, Newbee @ 4:57 pm

    I had grand plans to incorporate manzanita branches as well… that dream was shattered with one look at the pricetag. Instead, in rummaged around in the backyard and found some manzanita-esque branches which I stuck into a vase filled with plaster and voila! Affordable and still the look I was going for!

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    Charlenie 25 posts, Newbee @ 5:52 pm

    I was able to RENT the manzanita branches from my florist.. that way I didnt have to pay for my own collection of branches and I got them at a super discounted rate!

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    MissBoulevard 51 posts, Worker bee @ 6:25 pm

    Wow, eye opener to the world of manzanitas. My fiance and I just bought a house on nine acres with nothing but manzanita bushes. I hate them with a passion. They are everywhere!!! They are protected so I can’t remove them but if any bees want some clippings let me know! All you have to do is pay shipping but I am more than willing to cut some and ship ’em to anyone in a uhaul box.

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    Emily, Guest @ 9:44 pm

    I made some “wishing trees” out of manzanita branches. The guests will leave notes on tags then hang them on the trees. I simply held the branches in place and poured gravel in to hold them. Then, I covered the gravel with moss. I decorate the trees with beads and butterflies. It was really easy, I have a picture in my bio

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    Charm bracelet 1952 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:06 pm

    @ Emily that is a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I want to have something like a wishing tree too.

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 10:57 pm

    Oh, I love these. I want to use them so badly, but I don’t know if it will work with what we’re doing. :/

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:15 am

    Think of plaster as cake batter and you’ll be fine.

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    MeaghanH 78 posts, Worker bee @ 5:49 pm

    I plan on making my own centerpieces all of Manzanita branches. I’m ordering them from, $300 for 60 branches -$5 a branch, and that is for a 30″-36″ branch- however I’m paying a lot for ocean freight shipping because it’s coming to Hawaii.

    Anyhow.. I plan on sticking my branches in a foam block that is inside a container, then filling the container with cement. Once the cement has dried and everything is secure, I plan on putting the first container into a second one (glass) and filling the glass with something else -not sure what yet- and also covering up the other container. See my blog for a picture of what I’m trying to achieve sorry, I dunno how to upload pix on here..

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    MeaghanH 78 posts, Worker bee @ 5:51 pm

    There is a direct link to the picture of what I’m planning on doing =)

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    Mrs. Mouse 5759 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:40 pm

    Cool! I have heard of these but never seen anyone attempt to make them. I’m interested to see what you come up with.

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    Lauren, Guest @ 9:39 am

    I have 7 completed mazanita branches and 7 grapewood roots for sale that I have drilled and set glass votives in. Can give more information if emailed. Located in Westfield, NJ would have to pick up.

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    ramosianchica 61 posts, Worker bee @ 2:07 am

    I had some for my wedding! Fab choice, of course!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:59 am

    Ohhh the branches just look so fabulous, I know exactly why you would want them to be incorporated into the decor! Alas, I am in the same boat as you…I’m still trying to figure out if/how I can do them myself…or if I have to hang my head in shame and rent them…

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    nicole_liane09 1 posts, Wannabee @ 12:12 am

    I love the look of them too! I want to do a couple larger branches for floor arrangements but the shipping is so expensive! My aunt owns a greenhouse and flower shop, I’m hoping she’ll be able to help me…

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    ndesai 2 posts, Wannabee @ 5:53 pm

    @Lauren: Hi..lauren,

    Are you still selling the branches? If yes please contact me, I am interested in buying them.

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    KronckeL 6 posts, Newbee @ 4:00 pm

    Yes, I am. I just posted the pics in the classifieds section. I just had my wedding on 9/12/09 and am getting back to life. The trees were a huge hit as well as the grapewoods which were the low centerpiece. They looked great. They are currently located in Spring Lake, NJ and we will be moving them to Westfield, NJ by the end of this weekend. I am asking $2500 for the 6 trees,and $700 for the grapewoods. they have the flowers, moss, and votives still on them.

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    danielle, Guest @ 5:30 pm

    help!!!!!!!! I want to put manzanita branches, spray painted black, into a vase with water softner salt! how do i get the branches to stay put in the vase and not float!

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    Alisha, Guest @ 2:06 pm

    Danielle try using floral foam. Make sure to buy the kind that can get wet. You can get it Michaels or Joanns pretty reasonably. I am also making my own and have found floral foam to be inexpensive and crazy easy to do.

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    danielle, Guest @ 4:03 pm


    Hi Alisha!

    How are you making yours?! And, where was the best deal on manzanita branches?! I saw some on e bay-4 for $25.00 but that was about it!

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    alisha, Guest @ 10:32 am

    I purchased from Blooms and Branches in a bulk kit (30 for $120 + s&h.) They are the 12-18 size. There is another great site called Nettleton Hollow. I found white modern planters at Michaels (4inches) which fit the size of the branch perfectly. I cut the foam with a knife to be a bit smaller than the inside of the vase. Then you kind of “screw” the branch into the foam. You dont want to just push it down because it will not have any traction then. I filled the inside with river rock to secure everything, but you could use so many different things to do this. Good luck baby!

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    daniellebridgeman 8 posts, Newbee @ 10:39 am


    those are the same places i was looking that. see alla that, i’m going to have my fiance do that! thank you so much! maybe i should start doin like test runs of it.

    thanks girl!

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    Terri, Guest @ 5:50 pm

    I’m looking for some Manzanita Branches for a wedding in June 2011. Does anyone know where I can find them without paying an arm and leg for shipping. I live in Dallas, TX

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    MS. SILVERSTARR, Guest @ 11:42 pm

    I watch David Tutera all the time. He makes it look so easy. One episode the bride had her stuff together. She made a diagram of her manzanita trees and everything. She was amazing and David commented on it. She (sorry I forgot her name) was brilliant. I have to give her a big “you go girl”, because her idea was great and I am not ashamed to say that I’m copying it. I’m in love with manzanita branch design now (this is probably since I dis-like flowers). I just thank all the creative people that I “borrowed” their designs from.

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    Nilsa, Guest @ 5:02 pm

    There is a small decorating business located in Dallas, Tx. This lady rents manzanita trees for about 15.00 each and she changes the decoration according to your colors and design. If you are in the Dallas FT. Worth areas give her a call, her website is

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    Rena, Guest @ 6:57 pm

    I know this is late, but I found 12 manzanita centerpieces on Craigslist from a bride who was selling the centerpieces she used at her wedding. I got them for $150 and they came fully assembled in wooden boxes which I will be spray painting white and affixing a fuchsia ribbon to to match my colors. Now all I have to do is buy the hanging votive holders and LED tealights. I’d suggest looking at classifieds and you might luck out like I did.

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