I am in love with my new centerpiece made with sliced branches from trees in Cherry Creek North (Denver).
A few weeks ago, after spending seven minutes parallel parking my car- with the help of an arborist and his crew, I asked the crew if I could grab a few of cut branches on the sidewalk.
His first question, “What are you going to do with them?” My response, “No clue.” I referenced Pinterest, but based on his weathered, life well lived facial features, he was not up on social media (no judgement). His crew loaded my car with dozens of branches.
These branches were left over from the haul. They were too big for my table saw and too small for a bench.
I have a porch idea in mind, but taking suggestions in comments.
I love the idea of upcycling a little slice of Denver in my décor. This is not the first time I have pulled my car over when I see a landscaping crew trimming branches or cutting down trees. I am always on the look out for a tree stump.
The only challenge with this centerpiece was what I would use to create a flat surface, in the shape of a circle for the sliced branches to adhere to. It turns out my slight hoarder tendencies of random packaging castoffs paid of with this centerpiece. I keep a stash of shapes, forms and containers in a storage tub for those moments when my crafty side kicks into gear. I had these cardboard circles from product packaging from earlier this year. I knew I would need a cardboard shaped circle at some point in my craft career.
Hot glue was the best way to get adhere the sliced branches. The slices were small, but when you glue and stack them to cardboard it does get heavy. I started with one layer of sliced branches and added a second layer. It also helped to hide the cardboard form.
To give the sliced branches a pop of color I added a small boxwood wreath. Last year I purchased a few sets at my favorite daily deal site.
Sidenote: I used one of my favorite candles ever. I found it here.