Thursday, September 6, 2012

Snowy & Sparkly Winter Branches/Mantle

I've been admiring some of the pretty, snow & ice covered branches that have been gracing Pinterest:

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So why not make a few of my own?  I sent my hubby and son out to the woods to find me some good sticks while I went to grab a couple of After-Christmas Discount cans of Spray Snow.

I decided to flock half of the sticks with the Spray Snow and add glitter to the other half.  I am going to be honest - I hated the flocking.  It's such a darn mess!  Sure, it looks like realistic, fluffy snow on the branch, but don't touch it!  If you do, it will turn to "baby powder" and go everywhere - on the floor, on the dog, and all over me!  Oy! I'll enjoy it for this season, but never again!

For the sparkly sticks, I spray painted them with some leftover white paint, then coated each branch with Modge-Podge before sprinkling them with clear glitter.  I really like the look of them and they will last for seasons to come.

Put it all together with my Silver Platter Wreath, a White Rag Light Garland (made with my hubby's old dress shirt), a couple of Sugared Ice Skates and here's my finished Wintertime Mantle:

Now we're all ready to snuggle in and enjoy Wintertime!

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Sparkly & Flocked Branches (Branches - Free, Spray Snow - $5/2 cans, Paint/Glitter/Glue - on hand)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $5.00, 2 Large Bunches of Branches

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