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By, Katie Bushell of Havenwood Wedding Rentals and Designs
These Copper piping air plant holders would be a classy touch to a wedding centerpiece or hang a bunch together to have a airy whimsical feel. Would even be gorgeous hanging from your backdrop at your ceremony.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
4 copper piping from the plumbing department at Lowe's or Home Depot these are the smallest size
About 7/8 pipe cutter (make sure you get the small one that is for the small pipes)
Copper wire I got at Michael's in the jewelry department
Use the pipe cutter to cut down all your pieces.
You put your pipe in and twist it around to score it.
Then do it tighter and keep spinning til you get a good cut.
Take it off and gently bend til it breaks.
I did two different sizes the large one I did 8 four inch pieces and 4 six inch pieces.
The small one I cut 12 3 inch pieces. This should be exactly enough for the two holders
Cut a very long piece of copper wire and thread three of the tubes through pushing all the way to the end leaving about a 3 inch tail.
Form a triangle and then thread through again so it's secure.
Thread two more tubes and them create another triangle and thread through the middle tube.
To tie the top wrap around a few times and even do a knot and then tread the tail back into one of the tubes.
On the other side thread two more tubes and create another triangle and thread through one of the other pieces.
Then thread one tube and you should then form a pyramid shape.
Add two more tubes and pull through to make another triangle, then two more tubes and form another triangle.
You should have the one tube left and you are done to tie off the end.
Wrap around a few times and then tie a knot and tread through a tube.
If at any time you run out of the wire, make sure you have enough to tie off and then get a new piece of wire and start again.
Add your air plant and string if you want to hang and then you are done!
You can play around with different lengths and make fun geometric shapes. This will make your wedding look very expensive and luxurious.
If you are on a budget, another way to do this would be with some metallic straws.
Copper is a very popular metal right now and it can easily be done in the summer with some fresh succulents and then into the fall with some gorgeous dark fall florals.
Tomake yourself a copper arch or backdrop you will get three copper pipes, two L shape connectors and two T shape connectors and four copper caps, and a pipe cutter. We chose to do a 1" pipe because copper is a very rare metal and it can get expensive. Make sure your fittings are the same size as the pipe you get.
Follow the instructions on the pipe cutter to show you how to cut, you are basically going to score the outside and keep twisting over and over til it can be bent and cut off. Cut two pipes to 7 feet and one to 6 feet and this will make your square. Use your L fittings on each side.
Then cut four pieces about 2 feet each and then attach them to your T shape fitting and attach it to your big square Then add your caps to the end. And there you have a arch ready for draping pretty greenery or chiffon curtains.
Copper can get expensive so if you don't want to DIY and want to just rent for half the price you can find this for rent at Havenwood Wedding Rental & Design.
What you will need:
- Wooden paint sticks or long wood cut into strips about 10
- Your choice of wood stain
- Hot glue gun
- Tiny nails / hammer
- White paint
- Skinny paint brush
If you go to lowes or Home Depot you can ask for free paint sticks. Some people will give them to you and some won't. So you may have to go department store hopping and pick up 10 paint sticks. Or you can get long pieces and cut them down. You could also use recycled wooden rulers.
Use a paint brush and very lightly Stain the wood. The thicker you do it the longer it will take to dry and it will be sticky. Get a paper towel and even Dab off excess if you get too much.
Lay them flat in a square and line them up about 8 or however many you need to make a square. Put two sticks on the back and hot glue them down. Then hammer in some tiny nails to make it secure. You can get these at a craft store where they sell the hooks for picture frames.
Turn over and paint your sign! I went to dafont.com and chose what font I wanted then copied it. If you have a Criccut you could cut a stencil if you aren't that artistic. And TA-DA a cute gift table sign! I bought a darling easel at Michaels with a 40% coupon. Now no confusion on where the gifts go.