How to make iced tree branches


DIY Frosted Branches - Sweet Pea

Let’s make DIY frosted branches to use for winter decor. This is an easy and inexpensive project and it’s one that can be saved to use from year to year.

I’m sharing my DIY Frosted Branches for this month’s Thrifty Style Team project hosted by Julie of Redhead Can Decorate.

You’ll find links to all of the projects shared this month at the end of this post.

DIY Frosted Branches

I have been busy taking down Christmas and changing my decor over to winter. It has been a slow process and I’m still not finished decorating.

Last year when I decorated for winter, I made some frosted branches but didn’t share how I made them. I saved those branches and used a few of them in my vintage Coke crate coffee table arrangement that I shared in November.

Making frosted branches is easy and I love how the ones I made look on my great-great-aunt’s music cabinet in our formal living room.

I’ll explain the easy process to make the frosted branches in a bit, but first will share how I used them to make this winter arrangement.

The container is a vintage ice bucket that served as a trophy for the singles division of a 1975 tennis tournament. I bought this at an estate sale, so I don’t know any details on what LBA stands for or where the tournament was held.

To make it easy to arrange the branches, I filled the container with dried split peas. I’ve used the same split peas for years as an anchor for stems in various arrangments.

After I arranged the frosted branches, I covered the split peas with Hemlock cones picked up on walks with our dog.

Vintage Ice Buckets You Can Buy

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Frosted Branch Detail

When I made frosted branches last winter, I didn’t paint the branches white before adding Epsom salt which gives the branches the icy, frosted look.

This year I painted the branches white before I added the Epsom salt, and I like this year’s look much better.

It is hard to see that there is white paint under the Epsom salt.

Any branch will work for this project. I used Shasta Viburnum because I liked how straight the branches are and I liked the buds along each branch.

How to Make Frosted Branches

To make frosted branches you will need:

  • Branches – I used Shasta Viburnum.
  • Pruners – I use and recommend Felco pruners.
  • White Spray Paint – I used one with a flat finish but any type will work.
  • Floral foam or a piece of Styrofoam from a package
  • Mod Podge – I used glitter Mod Podge.
  • Craft Paint Brush
  • Epsom Salt
  • Waxed Paper
  • Plastic cup and spoon

Start by cutting branches. If you don’t have branches in your yard, look around your neighborhood or in public parks for branches to use.

Paint the Branches

The next step is to paint the branches white. I used materials that I had on-hand, so my white spray paint was flat. I believe that any finish would work just fine for this project.

To make painting the branches easy, I stuck them in leftover floral foam and oasis. Styrofoam packing from a package would also work.

I should have moved my cardboard off of our concrete stoop before painting but it was really wet when I painted, so I didn’t. That was a mistake because our concrete stoop now has white spray paint on it. Oops.

Make the Branches Look Frosted with Epsom Salt

After the spray paint dried, it was time to add the Epsom salt. I have had this Epsom salt for a long, long time. I think it now only comes in plastic bags.

I used glitter Mod Podge as my glue. It adds a subtle touch of glitter to the Epsom salt. I keep this old cookie sheet in my craft cabinet for projects like this.

Lining the cookie sheet with waxed paper makes clean-up easy. If I’m glittering something, the waxed paper lets me pour the unused glitter back into the container so that none is wasted.

I poured Epsom salt into the cup so that it was ready to be used and then working one branch at a time, painted Mod Podge over all of the surfaces that I wanted to add Epsom salt to.

Then I held the branch over the cup of Epsom salt and used the spoon to sprinkle the Epsom salt onto the Mod Podge.

After I finished adding Epsom salt to each branch, I put it back into the floral foam to dry.

Once the branches are dry, they are ready to be used for decorating.

Last year when I decorated with the frosted branches that I made, I poured Epsom salt into a clear vase and used it to anchor my branches. This was a really pretty look.

Storing the Branches

To store the branches, wrap them in tissue paper. When I unwrapped the branches that I made last January, I was surprised at their appearance.

The crystals of fresh Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate) are easily seen.

When I unwrapped the branches that I made in January in November, I discovered that over time the MgSO4 crystals become much smaller and resemble snow.

Here is a branch made in January 2020 used in November 2020. See how much smaller the crystals are?

I really enjoyed making this craft and I love that I can use it for winter decorating now and Christmas decorating in the future.

Here are branches available to purchase

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More Projects to Enjoy!

Now it’s time to enjoy the projects that the rest of the Thrifty Style Team is sharing today. Click on the links below to see each project.


Redhead Can Decorate – DIY Home Gym
The Painted Hinge – How to Repurpose Cabinet Doors into Wall Decor
DIY Beautify – 7 Thrifty Cleaning and Organizing Solutions for the Home
2 Bees In A Pod – Repurposed Vintage Tea Towel
Postcards From The Ridge – Paper Heart Wall Art
The How To Home – DIY Family Charging Station
The Tattered Pew – Bergere Painted Shutters
Sweet Pea – DIY Frosted Branches
What Meegan Makes – How to Refresh a Stand Mixer with Spray Paint
Cottage At The Crossroads – Fabric Hearts with Yo-yos
Lora B. Create & Ponder – Upcycled Old Tin Organizer DIY


Realistic Snow-Covered Branches DIY - Adorn the Table

Do you want to learn how to make realistic snow-covered branches? Are you wondering how to make your branches look snowy? Like a magical winter’s day of freshly fallen snow?

I recently decided that I wanted to create a Winter Wonderland tablescape. Which (to me) meant that everything on my table needed to appear covered in snow. 

And what says “winter wonderland” more than freshly snow-covered tree branches? 

Oh, what a magical sight! That freshly fallen snow glistening off tree branches. It’s truly beautiful. 

I knew I needed to create the look of snow-covered branches for my table. So, I decided a diy snow covered branch project was a must. 

And, do you know what?

It was SO flipp’n easy – and cheap!! I already had everything I needed to make them. 

In fact, this is a fantastic upcycle diy project. After all, you are transforming a dead tree branch into an attractive decor piece that can be used over and over. 

Supplies for DIY Snow Covered Branches

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How to Make Realistic Snow Covered Tree Branches

Step 1: Collect your tree branches

I found a few of my branches just laying on the ground while walking. Others I snapped off one of our trees. Don’t worry – they were dead branches. 

Try to find branches that have a few smaller sections that go up and in different directions. It creates a unique visual impact.

Step 2: Clean off any dirt or debris from the branches

You want to make sure that your branches don’t have any dirt or other debris on them. Otherwise, the spray paint will permanently adhere it to the branches – yuck!

Step 3: Spray paint your future snow covered branches

Because of the size of your branches, you will need a large, well-ventilated space to spray paint. 

When I did this snowy iced winter branch diy project, it was 3 degrees Fahrenheit outside. There was NO WAY I was spray painting outside (haha!)! So, I spray painted in our garage. 

Lay down enough newspaper, or a drop cloth, to allow for over-spray when you’re spray painting. 

Apply 2-3 coats of white spray paint. 

It’s okay if a little of the actual branch color isn’t completely covered. When it snows, nature doesn’t always completely cover tree branches. 

Step 4: Making your branches snowy and sparkle

While your painted branches are drying, add about one cup of Epsom salt to a bowl. 

(The really neat thing about Epsom salt is how much it looks like snow.)

Then add about one teaspoon of silver glitter to the bowl and mix them together. 

Don’t add too much silver glitter, as you don’t want a silver sparkly glitter branch. You want your branch to appear covered in freshly fallen white snow. A little glitter goes a long way and you can easily add more if you want, but it’s way too hard to take it out. 

The silver glitter is used to add a little sparkle as if the sun was bouncing off the freshly fallen snow. 

Next, put down some newspaper to protect your area from the spray adhesive and fake snow. 

Over one side of your work surface, spray a section of your painted white branch with the spray adhesive, or brush on Mod Podge. Then on the other side of your work surface, hold that branch section over your Epsom salt/glitter mixture bowl and spoon the mixture onto the area with the wet adhesive. 

Be sure that the branch is over the bowl, and gently tap the branch so any excess snow will fall back into the bowl. The newspaper you laid down will catch the rest of the fake snow. 

Continue this process until your whole branch is covered in fake snow glitter. 

Set your branch aside and let it dry. 

Now continue to make as many realistic snow-covered branches as needed for decorating.

Aren’t these diy snowy branches amazing! Love ’em!!

Check out how they look on my Winter Wonderland themed tablescape. So magical!!


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Plant Protection - GreenInfo.

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Every gardener dreams of seeing his plants as beautiful, blooming and fruitful as they look on the pages of magazines and catalogs. This is not always possible - plants, like any living organisms, get sick and suffer from parasites that can cause not only their weakening, decrease in decorativeness, drop in productivity, but also lead to death. Gardeners often think about saving their green pets already at the moment of greatest danger, forgetting about prevention, and rush in search of the right chemical.

Plant protection is a whole complex of agrotechnical, mechanical, biological and chemical measures that must be carried out systematically.

The rapid development of chemistry in the second half of the last century led to the fact that the chemical method of pest and pathogen control became the main one. The search for new synthetic agents does not stop, and the number of pests does not fall, because beneficial organisms, their natural enemies, also die along with them. It is known that from 40 to 50 species of insects live in the crown of an adult tree, all of which suffer when treated with insecticides. And most importantly, over time, pathogens and pests acquire tolerance to pesticides, exhausting the possibilities of their use. Therefore, the use of chemicals in household plots should be considered as an extreme measure, trying to limit ourselves to safer methods of protection.

It is better to take care of the health of the plant already at the time of purchase. Choosing resistant species and varieties will help avoid problems in the future. For example, instead of an ordinary barberry suffering from rust, you can pick up highly decorative varieties of Thunberg barberry that are resistant to this disease. Instead of the common viburnum, mercilessly eaten by the viburnum leaf beetle, plant viburnum proud or three-forked. From a wide range of roses, you can choose varieties that are least susceptible to spotting and other fungal diseases. There are many varieties of apple trees that are resistant to scab, gooseberries - to powdery mildew. And yet there are no plants with absolute resistance to diseases and pests, protective measures must be carried out for all plants.

It is better to buy planting material in reliable nurseries, where specialists monitor the condition of plants. When buying, choose strong specimens without signs of disease, with a well-developed, not overdried root system. If there is a suspicion of the presence of diseases or pests, carry out the appropriate treatment even before planting, isolating the plant for quarantine.

When planting, it is necessary to take into account the needs of this species as much as possible, ensuring appropriate illumination, acidity and soil structure. Each plant has natural biological defense mechanisms, expressed to varying degrees depending on the species or variety. However, such a barrier is not always sufficient to withstand environmental factors. The reason often lies in insufficiently comfortable conditions in which the plant grows. The principle of "It grows by itself" can be attributed to very few representatives of the plant kingdom. High groundwater levels, poor soil structure, dense or infrequent plantings, lack of proper care, and overgrowth of weeds contribute to the spread of diseases and pests.

Violation of the rules of agricultural technology can cause non-communicable diseases . And yet, plant diseases are more often caused by phytopathogens ( infectious diseases ), which most affect weakened specimens that are not provided with everything necessary for growth or are exposed to stress (frost, drought, atmospheric pollution and other adverse factors). The causative agents of diseases can be bacteria, fungi, mycoplasmas, viruses, viroids. Diagnosis of infectious plant diseases is not an easy task, since the symptoms of many diseases are similar, and sometimes indistinguishable from physiological disorders. Fungal infections are best treated, bacteriosis can not always be defeated, and against viral and mycoplasmal diseases there is no other way to fight than the destruction of the plant.

Pests of plants are numerous – insects and mites, mollusks, nematodes, some mammals. There are insecticides against most insects, very few preparations are active against ticks (acaricides), against nematodes there are only prophylactic agents. The fight against mollusks and mammals often comes down to deterrent measures or mechanical methods of protection.

You can reduce the likelihood of plant diseases with the help of simple agrotechnical practices: crop rotation, the use of green manure crops, the replanting of phytoncidal plants (wormwood, tansy, black elderberry, calendula, marigolds), proper pruning, hilling and mulching, etc. Do not neglect the mechanical methods of struggle, which can be very effective. Aphids are sometimes enough to wash off with a strong jet of water. Against slugs, simple traps made from wet rags and boards can be more effective than metaldehyde granules. The number of pests will not be so great if birds and insects, which are their natural enemies, are attracted to the garden.

Ground beetle is a useful insect!

One of the most effective biological methods of plant protection is based on the use of insect predators and parasites . Ladybugs actively eat the eggs of aphids and other pests. Ground beetles are polyphagous predators, they destroy not only caterpillars and pupae of leafworms, moths, scoops, but also slugs. Riders lay their eggs in caterpillar eggs, destroying entire clutches. Each individual hoverfly is capable of destroying up to 100 aphids per day. The increase in the number of these and other beneficial insects can be promoted by sowing some plants and simply by mechanical collection in the vicinity of one's site.

In order not to have to use pesticides, with the establishment of warm weather, start using biological preparations for prevention (Fitosporin-M, Lepidocid, Bitoxibacillin, Baktofit). They do not have a harmful effect on the environment and can therefore be used frequently. Immunomodulators and growth regulators (Epin, Zircon, Immunocytophyte, etc.) will help to increase the resistance of the plant organism to diseases.

resort to chemistry. When choosing pesticides, pay attention to the degree of danger - class III and IV drugs are the safest for humans and the environment.

One more method of plant protection should be mentioned - genetic selection, aimed at obtaining plant forms resistant to pests and diseases through breeding, interspecific hybridization and genetic engineering. For example, some crops have been genetically modified using genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis to provide resistance to pests. Received transgenic plants of potatoes and pumpkin crops, resistant to viral diseases. Some of them are already commercialized.

How to help trees and other plants in the garden after freezing rain | DIY

Contents ✓

  • ✓ dangerous beauty
  • ✓ Do not panic!
  • ✓ In advance
  • ✓ Gotta destroy
  • ✓ Nature's smirk

© Author: NATALIA GNATOVSKAYA, an experienced gardener

IN RECENT YEARS WE HAVE BEEN WITNESSING SUCH ANOMALOUS WEATHER EVENT AS ICE RAIN MORE MORE AND MORE. THE CONSEQUENCES OF IT ARE HOW BEAUTIFUL, SO DANGEROUS. HOW TO RESPOND TO SUCH DISASTERS IN THE GARDEN? HOW DO WE GARDENERS PREPARE FOR WEATHER SURPRISES AND PREVENT THEIR DAMAGED CONSEQUENCES?

Meteorologists are well aware of the mechanism of freezing rain. Usually this phenomenon is characteristic of the transitional period) from autumn to winter, when a struggle between cold and warm air is observed in the atmosphere. Under normal conditions, the temperature of air masses falls with height. But there are atmospheric anomalies called inversions, when this order of distribution of air temperatures is violated. Humid warm air accumulates above, and cold air below, with a temperature of 0 ... -10 ° C.


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In scientific terms, in the case of an inversion, warm air is "locked" from below by cold air masses. Often this is observed with a sedentary atmospheric front. Precipitation in the form of rain falling from above, in contact with the frosty air below and falling on chilled surfaces, immediately freezes and forms ice. This is precisely the phenomenon called ice.


Reference by topic: How to prune trees yourself in the country, in the garden


Dangerous beauty


Ice glaze creates a magical picture, as if you were in the halls of the Snow Queen. However, this People and even journalists unknowingly confuse sleet with sleet, which is far from the same thing. Ice is a natural phenomenon formed as a result of freezing of atmospheric precipitation that has fallen on a cold surface. And sleet is when, due to temperature differences, the surface of carriageways and footpaths is covered with ice, and it is just right to put skates on your feet, and chains on your wheels. beauty is deceptive and carries with it extremely dangerous consequences. The ice that bound the branches of the trees increases the pressure on them many times over.

The branches are deformed and broken off. The scale of the disaster intensifies if a snowfall follows the freezing rain (as happened in November 2016, when the north of the Moscow region was left without electricity for several weeks and the movement of electric trains was seriously disrupted).

Mass of snow accumulating on icy tree branches; and bushes, additionally presses on them. It is very dangerous to stand nearby at this moment, because at any moment the whole mass can fall on your head. For the same reason, it is better not to park your car near icy trees.

Freezing rain causes great damage to fruit crops, especially those that were initially poorly formed or have not been pruned for a long time. Coniferous species - junipers, arborvitae, firs and pines - are severely affected. Literally every needle is covered with ice. As a result, they lose their shape, which can be very difficult to return later. This is especially true for those species that form a regular columnar or spherical crown.

Shrubs also suffer no less. An unformed hedge of deciduous shrubs (hawthorn, deren, barberry or fruit bubbles) becomes disheveled, many species are unable to withstand heavy ice and snow, they are literally flattened on the ground. This also applies to park roses, left alone with the winter weather, with its blizzards and snowfalls.

Flexible lilac bushes lie down, and those that are formed on the trunk can completely break. Hollow stalks of mock oranges split.

Fragile hydrangeas, especially if their inflorescences are not cut off in the fall, break first.

Do not panic!


How to be in the face of such natural disasters? Rule number one - don't panic! Often, gardeners begin to "help" the plants, try to chip ice from the branches, tapping them with some kind of improvised means such as an ordinary stick, or scraping them off with something sharp.

Some, especially inventive, are ready to water the branches with boiling water from a kettle or even use heat guns.

However, this should never be done! The damage from this kind of thermal shock in the middle of winter will be even greater. Someone even coats the branches of especially valuable varieties of apple trees with clay (and where do they get it in the cold?), And then they make ice together with it. But ice is a non-plastic substance, so icy branches immediately break off, and hot water leads to tissue burns - and this is at sub-zero temperatures! We must be patient and wait for the thaw, which will definitely come after the weather disasters that have happened.

in advance


Measures should be taken not when the elements have already raged, but ahead of time, so to speak, prophylactically, since the fall. Although freezing rain does not happen every year, it is necessary to prepare for it every year. What kind of work do you mean? Trees in the orchard Must be properly formed from the very moment of planting and subjected to regular pruning. It is desirable that the lateral branches depart from the central trunk at an angle of more than 45 °, and the crown should not be thickened.

If the branches grow at an acute angle, they can be fixed with a rope or wire, under which you need to put a piece of burlap, tying the other end to the trunk. Newly planted trees should have stakes and guy wires installed. The forms grafted onto the stem must also have strong supports.

Conifers should be tied in a spiral with twine, while maintaining their natural shape. Now in garden centers you can buy special covers for small conifers. But you can sew such covers on your own, using old sheets and duvet covers for this. It will be a salvation both in freezing rain and in heavy snowfalls. In autumn, hydrangeas must definitely cut off the caps of inflorescences, and lower the bush and fix it on a solid support. Shrubs in a hedge should be picked up with a stretched tape or tape, tying it to the fence.

Branches broken as a result of freezing rain are advised to be cut down immediately - in the rough, leaving a small stump, and to complete the work in the spring. green cone (that is, when the "spouts" of the kidneys appear) are advised to be treated with a copper-containing preparation "Hom" (copper oxychloride) or copper sulphate, which are also effective against scab of apple trees and pears. And then, when the leaves bloom - with weak solutions of biostimulants.

Gotta destroy


Freezing rain also leads to the formation of a hard snow cover on the surface - a crust or ice crust that does not allow air to pass through. If possible, it is necessary to violate their integrity in flower beds, flower beds and on the lawn. The lawn, even more than flower beds, suffers from lack of air. Grasses under the snow remain green, and without oxygen, their life cycle is disrupted, and the lawn disappears.

The ice crust has to be broken manually. You can do this operation with the help of ordinary pitchforks, sticking them into the snow and slightly turning back and forth. But, in order not to compact the snow cover with your traces, it is better to use an ordinary garden cultivator in the form of a wheel with teeth, which is mounted on a long handle. The ice armor will be destroyed in this way, and you will allow the roots of the plants to breathe. I note that until spring this crust is unlikely to melt on its own: from above it will be covered with new portions of snow and constantly compacted, exacerbating the situation.


See also: pruning frozen and old trees


Smirk of nature


We sometimes tend to overdramatize the extent of our weather misfortunes. Until now, we remember the abnormally cold winter of 1979, when gardens in the Moscow region froze to death; the monstrously hot summers of 1972 and 2010, when not a drop of rain fell and peat bogs burned; freezing rain that happened at the end of the same 2010, or a frosty snowless November 2003, which ruined many phlox collections. However, against the backdrop of typhoons and hurricanes raging in the New World, Japan and the Far East, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, our weather disasters seem like nothing more than a smirk of the weather. If we are prepared for such a phenomenon as freezing rain, which happens with frightening regularity and gradually becomes a familiar occurrence, then we will not be afraid of any of its negative consequences.

Expert advice

To alleviate the fate of fruit trees, you can only carefully substitute T-shaped supports under strongly inclined branches. It’s good if you already have such props, usually used in harvest years, on the farm so as not to hastily knock them together in winter.


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