I made something this weekend I have been wanting to try for years!
No, not weeks or even months.
As in 12 months x 3 = REALLY!???
I made Iced Winter Branches.
Something so simple, and so easy – and I have never
seemed to quite get around to it.
Until this weekend.
Now, I am hooked!
Now I want Iced Winter Branches all throughout
our house to replace some of that Christmas warmth and charm
that is now gone since the decor has come down.
And you know what – I have discovered in life
that the projects I so often put off –
and, once I finally get around to making them…
“That was it? I’ve put this off for 12 months times three why?”
Best part – these did not cost me a single cent.
I realized I had everything I needed.
FREE! Living on 5-acres of
wooded land, I got the whole free branches thing covered.
I decided to use the Holly Tree because the
branches were more…well, “branchly.”
#2″ Spray Adhesive
As a matter of fact, I had THREE cans.
(Note to self: do not buy any more spray adhesive.)
#3: Epsom Salt
A bag of this costs around $3 if you do not have any on hand,
and you can find it at the grocery store or drug store in the first aid aisle..
You will use maybe a cupful, at most.
Here’s all I did….
I found a cardboard box, mostly to help contain the overspray
from the adhesive,
but, also to catch the extra salts.
I did not spray the entire branch at once, but worked
in a smaller area until one top half of the entire branch
had been coated. Then, just sprinkled the salt onto the branch.
It was light at first.
As if the first snow fall of Winter had gently
kissed the branches.
(You didn’t know DIY’ing could sound so romantic did ya’?)
Once I had all of the branches coated with the first layer,
I applied another layer of spray adhesive.
But, instead of sprinkling the salt on,
I added a few handfuls into the bottom of the box, and then
pushed and shoved the sprayed branches thru the “ice.”
This is really what gave the branches a thoroughly iced-look.
Then, I set them aside and let them dry.
Honestly, the whole process did not take any more than
about 10 mins.
For a project that I have been putting off forever!
So… what does one do with 10-minute DIY Icy Winter Branches?
Well, you will have to wait a few days, because I will be using them
in a project for an upcoming Blog Hop.
“A Celebration of Winter” will start Jan 19th and will feature
24 other blogs sharing Tips and Ideas, DIY Projects and Recipes
that are perfect for cold, Winter days.
So, please join us!
But, I did want you to see how pretty my branches are
all nestled against glowing candles, cedar and snow-filled glass balls.
They look so real. don’t they?
Like Old Man Winter had a love-fest with my trees and
allowed me to collect a few branches for my own…
I had planned on adding glitter to the salt, but honestly I didn’t
have any and was too lazy to go into town and get some.
But, truly, I love them without the glitter.
Just branches and “ice.”
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I hope you have enjoyed this easy DIY project for
Iced Winter Branches.
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I’m sharing over at The Scoop