At a tea party recently, one of the crafts Miss L and her guests made was cherry blossom branches. They were simple, cheap, and loads of fun. They came out simply adorable and can be changed up so simply! Because of the simplicity of the craft and the fact that Miss E, our middle schooler, really enjoyed making this, I am sharing it for the Middle School Monday post today.
- Tissue paper – choice of color is yours; for cherry blossoms, you will want to learn towards the pink tones
- Scissors – option if you would prefer to tear your tissue paper, that is fine
- Tape – scotch tape works well to tape the center of the blossom
- Hot glue – optional but works really well for attaching the blossoms to a branch
- Branch – we just wandered into the back yard and picked up some branches that had floated down in the recent rains but you could get directly from a tree or purchase something if you desire; you could also use pipe cleaners (chenille sticks) to make a tree branch with
- Cut or tear tissue paper into circles of varying sizes. They do not need to be perfect circles; in fact, the less perfect the edges, the more ruffle the petals look and that is beautiful.
- Stack two or three circles of different sizes on top of each other, biggest on the bottom.
- Crumble the circles up and then sort of straighten them out again.
- Gather the center of the circles from the bottom and crunch them up to create a blossom. (That is really hard to describe so I’ll try again.) Fold the circles in half and grab the center. Hold that, open the circles up again, and gather the center into a sort of knot and arrange the edges of the circle like flower petals.
- Tape that center knot that you are holding.
- Tape or hot glue the blossom to a branch.
That is truly how simple it was to create these. The hardest part is going to be the time required if you want to do a whole bundle of them. We opted for simple and the guests’ came out so interesting a unique. I love to give simple directions and allow freedom of expression. We ended up with quite a variety. The pink ones above were Miss J’s. The following are some of the others that were made.
Everyone enjoyed this simple craft.
PS – We’ll be sharing more about the tea party coming up. It was lots of fun!