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Project

Faux-Porcelain Bird Branch

These faux-porcelain bird-branch napkin rings, place cards, and pins make a perfect handmade gift.

Materials

  • Small branch or twig
  • Small artificial flower
  • Small artificial birds
  • Sturdy scissors or pruners
  • Paintbrush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • All-purpose sewing thread
  • Resin and white resin pigment
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Epoxy
  • Napkin rings, place card holders, or pin backs

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Snip a piece of branch that is about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. Clip buds and any excess foliage or stems from the artificial flower.

  2. Step 2

    Paint branch and artificial flowers white.

  3. Step 3

    With a hot-glue gun, glue the artificial flower and artificial bird onto the small branch.

  4. Step 4

    Tie thread around the back of the flower or branch.

  5. Step 5

    Mix resin (hardener and epoxy) and add the white pigment according to package instructions.

  6. Step 6

    Dip the bird branch into the mixed resin (you can wear gloves for this step if you feel you need them).

  7. Step 7

    Hang the bird branch by the white thread from a sturdy rod or branch to dry. Allow to dry, undisturbed, for about 12 hours.

  8. Step 8

    The completed bird branch can be attached to napkin rings, place-card holders, or pins with hot glue or epoxy.Tip: For an extra-festive napkin ring, attach a ribbon with hot glue.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Reviews (16)

  • littlelindy 25 Mar, 2009

    I think this is very neat, and just so pretty, Just think of all the direffent things you could make.
    Littlelindy

  • cul8rsteph 12 Sep, 2008

    These would make very pretty Christmas tree ornements... I will definently try!!!

  • Sparkle_me_Magic 17 May, 2008

    I made roses from egg cartons and dipped panted and used for beautiful shabby chic Wind chimes. Very Pretty!

  • craftaway 4 May, 2008

    Hey girlgatsby, I found all of the resin and white resin pigment including many other colors opaque and translucent at Hobby Lobby. They had the mixing containers and all products were by Castin' Craft. Michaels had the resin mixture but I could only find the translucent pigments. Hope this helps.

  • Suzie the Foodie 2 May, 2008

    I can't seem to buy anything from that site, it just refers me to other stores, what a shame.

  • Suzie the Foodie 2 May, 2008

    My Mom saw this episode and recommended I look it up and I'm so glad! I can really use this idea for jewellery making and painting the natural pieces white to add to the porcelain look is genius!

  • girlgatsby 30 Apr, 2008

    Ha! Nevermind, I skipped over the resources at the end of this article. Thanks Martha!

  • girlgatsby 30 Apr, 2008

    Where can I find resin and white resin pigment? I tried my craft stores and art supplies stores, online, even Martha.com's shop. But no luck. I really want to try this project, but a little difficult when I have only half the supplies!

  • karenanthony 30 Apr, 2008

    A picture would be very helpful--this segment was preempted by a presidential news conference in our area and it was precisely the segment I wanted to see! Picture? Heck, a video would be better--particularly useful when working with unusual products, such as the resin listed in this craft. Thanks

  • sonyachloe 29 Apr, 2008

    dharmagal - where are the popup ads? I'm not getting any on this site - and I always get a ton of netflix popups on other sites. ??

  • shari_r 29 Apr, 2008

    It would still be nice to have pictures up, regardless of if you watch the show. Imaginations can be wrong, and minds can misread things. As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words (and even if you see the show, after a while, you'll forget what the finished product looked like.)
    Pictures for the crafts, please!

  • dharmagal 29 Apr, 2008

    The moderator is going to delete this comment- But these pop-up ads for Swiffer are driving me to the wall. Enough already. Two weeks of this. I have emailed and completed the on-line survey with my comments.

  • sonyachloe 29 Apr, 2008

    Here's a picture of a great big white branch with butterflies on it - a Babushka Baum, or Butterfly Tree (babushka is Russian for three things : grandmother, scarf, and butterfly!) You put a Babushka Baum up at midnight New Year's Eve, and leave it up for seven days - to celebrate Charme de Neige (Snowspell) - the new winter holiday that's pro-polar bear, anti-global warming, and centers on Sonya Chloe, a female Santa Claus (Snegoruchka, or Mother Frost in Russian). www.sonyachloe.info

  • mousie37 29 Apr, 2008

    IF you watch the show you would see how remarkably easy this project is. Should be able to do it without a picture. Use your imagination. Thank you for the great ideas I get from you Martha.

  • Linlew 29 Apr, 2008

    I agree, could you add a picture?

  • waterh20clr 29 Apr, 2008

    it certainly would be helpful to see a photo of the project !!??
    Why oh why wouldn't that be put up for us?