Blooming Cherry Trees

Take a nature walk to find some fallen branches to upcycle into beautiful blooming spring cherry trees. We used tissue paper to make the blooms. This is a great way to bring spring inside!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    First, we assembled our supplies. We took a walk in the woods to collect the branches from the ground. (We looked for branches with lots of offshoots.) Inside, we cut squares of tissue paper and found a large vase. We added some clear stones to the bottom of the vase for weight, as the branches are quite tall and we didn't want them to fall over.

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  • Step 2

    I showed my kids how to turn the squares into a flower. Here is my 8 year old demonstrating. Hold the square flat.

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  • Step 3

    Press your thumb into the center of the tissue paper.

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  • Step 4

    Fold all of the edges of the tissue paper around your thumb. Press it as close to your thumb as you can.

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  • Step 5

    Pull your thumb out and twist the bottom of your flower to make it stay in position.

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  • Step 6

    Ta da! You have an easy tissue paper flower.

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  • Step 7

    Make lots of tissue paper flowers. We experimented, using two sheets of tissue for some, blending some of the colors together, etc.

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  • Step 8

    Next, heat up your glue gun. I use a low temperature glue gun and supervise my kids with it. We review safety first: don't touch the point of the glue gun or the hot glue. My 4-year-old did not want to use the glue gun so I had him lay the flowers next to the branches where he wanted them placed, and I glued them for him.

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  • Step 9

    Put a dab of glue on the bottom of the flower and press it to the branch for a few seconds.

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  • Step 10

    We talked about how blooming trees look, with the blossoms spaced out, with none at the base, where the branch would connect to the tree.

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  • Step 11

    One technique that worked well was wrapping part of the tissue paper around the branch, after putting a dot of glue in the fold of the paper.

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  • Step 12

    Look at how pretty the branches look!

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  • Done!

    I love having them displayed in a vase on our mantle. Happy Spring, everyone!

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