Holiday Decorating: Making Sparkly Branches

Holiday Decorating: Making Sparkly Branches at home, pictured with candles and a mirror

Sparkly branches make a big impact on holiday decor. I’ve seen them flipping through holiday catalogs, and if you buy them pre-finished at a craft or home store, the price is outlandishly high for what you’re getting (which is essentially dead twigs bombed with glitter). The majority of us have easy access to dead branches (heck, we can’t get rid of them fast enough around here), so instead of tossing them in the fire, I took it upon myself this year to recreate the look and create some festive sparkly branches of my own.

I made my branches silver, but you could go with any color you desire to match your decor—you could try rose gold, gold, or even a shimmery emerald green.

 I placed my branches in a pair of tall glass candlestick holders, but you can use any vase filled with florist foam or Styrofoam to secure them in place. Get the step by step instructions for making sparkly holiday branches below:

Ingredients for sparkly branches include glitter, glue and canned spray paint



A tree branch outside
Step 1: Find a tree branch the size you require, then use pruning shears to cut and shape your branches.

Spraying the tree branch with canned spray paint
Step 2: Spray your branch with  with spray paint to cover.  Let dry.

Holiday Decorating: Making Sparkly Branches
Step 3: Spray the branch with spray glue/adhesive until it is completely covered.

covering the branch with glitter
Step 4: Go outside or in the garage to complete this step or you’ll be sweeping glitter off your floor for weeks. While I’m just using a small branch to demonstrate this step, larger branches will require a cookie sheet. Lay the cookie sheet on the ground and sprinkle the glitter onto your branch so the excess glitter falls onto the cookie sheet and you can re-use it.  

Painting more glue on to the tree branch with a brush
Step 5: To create an icy look, spread some white glue in a few places along the branch. 

A close up photo of colorfill decorative accents
Step 6: Clear off the cookie sheet and then sprinkle clear Color Fill decorative accents over the glue.  These little cubes will stick to your branches easily. Collect excess accents on a cookie sheet as you did with the glitter in the previous step to reuse or save for later. 

Epsom salts also work in place of the Color Fill accents, but your branches will have a whiter, snowy look, rather than a sparkly, icy look.

A close up of the glitter encrusted branch with fake icicle accents

These branches take on a pretty glow when lit in low lighting or candlelight:

Homemade sparkling branches with glitter

how the sparkling branches will look in the day light

In daylight hours the sparkly branches look modern and fresh mixed with silver glass ball ornaments, candles, and greenery.

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