We all love things that sparkle, right? Iced branches can make a gorgeous addition to a tablescape, vignette or even wedding.
I saw a tutorial on Save on Crafts (via Make Them Wonder), and wanted to try it myself since I didn’t know anyone who had tried it. I never fully trust the sites that are selling the items. So, here goes!
How to Make Iced Branches (Tutorial)
You will need:
- Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler – 1 or 2 pound bag (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Tacky Glue – I got mine at Joann’s
- German glass glitter is best, but I used regular glitter
- Tree branch of your choice
- Paper to cover work area
1. Find a branch or branches that you want to give an icy look. Trim it if you need to so it fits the space you will place it in. I plucked mien right out of my yard. It’s my new privilege in Texas. In Phoenix, there were no real tree branches lying around.
2. Place a some sort of paper down for a work area so you don’t get glue everywhere. It will drip some.
3. Pour a pile of Colorfill Diamonds in the center of the paper.
4. Place tacky glue on the branch(es) and smooth it out for a medium covering (not clumpy, but thick enough to hold the vase filler).
5. Fold the paper slightly to keep the diamond filler together.
6. Next, you will put the glitter and vase filler on. You can sprinkle it on, roll the branch in it or place it on.
7. Let it dry for about 45 minutes.
8. Do the same with the opposite side of the branch. You definitely want to do this step. The more filler and glitter the better they look!
I was doubtful at first about if this filler would end up looking like ice. Well, with the glue and glitter and lots of the filler, it works pretty well.
9. Let it dry for 45 minutes and you have ice covered branches.
Tada! Iced branches.
Add a bit more to the branch and you’ll end up with something like this.
Conclusion and Tips
They look pretty good from 2 feet away and more. Close up, you can see the filler more clearly, of course.
The vase filler was $6.99 at Hobby Lobby, but I had a 40% off coupon. A one pound bag goes pretty far! I tried to buy it on Save on Crafts as it was just $3.99 on there, but shipping was over $12! So, that was a no-go.
Next time, I would definitely use the more chunky german glass glitter (see below) that they recommended for an extra icy effect.
That was a fail on my part. Somehow I missed that little bit of information when purchasing glitter and ended up with regular glitter. Definitely try the german glass glitter.
It can be found online at Save on Crafts. I’m sure places like Hobby Lobby have it as well.
You can also try Epsom salt instead of the vase filler. The filler was a little hard to find for me. However, the salt won’t be quite as clear.
Pretty simple! You can also add artificial moss or red berries to some of the branches. Rub a bit of oil on the berries to give a dewy effect. Or, string some lights through them if it’s an entire tree. Gorgeous!
Here are some other images from the Save on Craft site of branches that were created using this method. It looks like the branches on the left are with regular glitter, but the ones on the right may be with the german glass glitter.
Have you tried this? What are your tips?
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