DIY Iced Winter Branches for Pennies! (or Free!)

$0
10 Minutes
Easy

I have been wanting to create Iced Winter Branched for years. I see them at the craft stores and think to myself, "self, don't pay this ridiculous price for these branches when you can make your own." This weekend, I *finally* got around to it. It didn't cost me a thing because I had the two products (besides the free branches) on hand already. Here is what I used and how I created my branches.
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I used Holly tree branches because they had more stems and were "branch-ier" than some other trees. :)
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Epsom salt. For about $3 you can get a small bag at the drug store or grocery store. You will only use about 1-2 cups top.
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Spray adhesive. Any brand will do. The cheaper the better!
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Then, you just spray and sprinkle and set aside for a few minutes and let dry.
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Then repeat. The second layer is what really creates that true "icy" look. *(I shared a tip on my blog about how to apply the second coat to get a thick adhesion.)
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I did four branches in about 10 minutes. Yes! 10-minutes!
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I had intended on adding glitter, but didn't have any on hand and was too lazy to go into town to get some. :) But, if you wanted to add a little bling, you could sprinkle some clear or white glitter into the salt.
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They truly do look authentic. Like Ole' Man Winter gently kissed my trees with an icy breath. Best of all, they were FREE! Please visit my blog to see all the tips I share.
The Everyday Home/Barb Garrett

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Louise
    on Nov 20, 2015

    where do u get spray glue?

    • Celia Forth
      on Apr 14, 2016

      You can buy the spray glue in any craft store. It's fairly inexpensive.

  • Christine Pouladaki
    on Dec 5, 2015

    What exactly is epsom salt? I believe that in Greece it has a different name and I don't understand what it could be. Is it for cooking or cleaning or bath salt?

    • Tina Hill
      on Dec 23, 2015

      @Christine Pouladaki it is a bath salt /muscle soak rich in magnesium sulfate... i hope that helps

  • Louise
    on Jan 4, 2016

    can I use hair spray???

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  • Kay
    on Oct 21, 2016

    could you do this to an old christmas tree? I am thinking flock it first then do the epsom salt?

  • Grace Kelly
    on Dec 2, 2017

    Will definately try this looks so cool

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