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Metallic-Dipped Branches

Transform regular branches into sparkling holiday decorations with this innovative paint-dipping technique. (Martha Stewart Living editorial director of decorating Kevin Sharkey used this method to create an Asian-Inspired Christmas Tree.)




  • Wide, shallow plastic bin
  • Tap water
  • 1 quart oil-based metallic paint
  • Artificial cedar branch
  • Twine for hanging branch
  • Newspaper
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • Ornaments and Glittered Birds (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Pour about 4 inches of tap water into a wide, shallow bin. Pour 1 quart of oil-based metallic paint into the water.

  2. Step 2

    Dip artificial cedar branch into paint bath and twirl around to completely coat.

  3. Step 3

    Tie twine around end of branch and hang to dry, placing newspapers on the floor below to protect it from drips. Complete drying takes 48 hours.

  4. Step 4

    To create a swag with multiple branches, lay two groups of branches facing in opposite directions on a flat surface, with "stems" overlapping. Wire stems together. Tie a ribbon into a bow around center point, decorate swag with glittered ornaments and birds, and hang.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009



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