Sorry I've been MIA for the last few days. It was my anniversary on Sunday, and my hubbie planned a little getaway for the two of us. I left on Thursday and didn't have time to give ya all a heads up. It sure was nice to get away for awhile!
While we were gone we had some painters come to paint our two story foyer. Don't be all panicking on me, they happen to be great friends of ours. No, I wouldn't let complete strangers into my house while we were out of town. I may be crazy, but not that crazy. ;) I will share the before and after later on this week.
But for today, I have a fun little spring project. DIY Cherry Blossoms. This project came about from necessity. I am in the process of doing a little spring and Easter decorating around my house. I wanted to purchase some faux cherry blossoms for my spring mantel, but I couldn't find any. Anywhere. What's a girl to do? Of course I had to make some of my own. I saw some on Pinterest that led me to these cherry blossoms at Good Housekeeping. But the instructions didn't have photos, and I'm a visual girl.
It also called for floral wire, which I couldn't find in my stash and I didn't want to have to run to the store. So I came up with my own method. It was a super easy project, and I was actually kinda surprised at how beautiful the branches turned out. And I had all the supplies, so it cost me nadda. Always a good thing!
Aren't they gorgeous? Now if I could just find a way to make them smell like a cherry orchard, I would be in heaven.
Are you decorating for spring? Want to make your own cherry blossoms? You do. It's easy, promise.
DIY Cherry Blossoms Tutorial
-Hot glue gun
1-Stack several pieces of tissue on top of each other and cut out a flower shape. It does not need to be perfect! Mine were about 2 1/2" across and had five petals, but it doesn't really matter that much. I wanted to do two colors, but you can just do one. And because I know a few of you are bound to notice. . . yes, my light pink paper has words on it. But it's all I had and I knew once it was all scrunched up they wouldn't show. Which they don't. Thank goodness.
2-For two-toned cherry blossoms, stack two flowers on top of each other with the petals not matched up.
3-Now just scrunch the flower petals up and twist the whole thing together at the bottom.
I thought it would be more realistic if there were variations in the blossoms, so I made some light pink, some dark pink, and some with the two colors together. To make smaller blossoms like the two on the left, just scrunch up one flower at a time.
4-Now it's time to glue them to your branches. I used branches that I pruned from our apple tree. If you don't have your own tree, check with your neighbors. You should be able to find some unwanted branches this time of year.
I think it looks best to apply the blossoms to the natural buds of the branch. Just add a tiny dab of hot glue, and press your blossom on.
Continue adding blossoms to all sides of your branches.
5-When you are all finished, just stick them in the container of your choice. I added some wheat at the bottom to hold them in place.
I picked up the white vase at Tai Pan Trading for five bucks. I adore it! So much that I actually bought 2 of them, plus 2 smaller ones. White vases are so versatile that they can be used almost anywhere, so I couldn't pass them up!
I hope you have fun bringing a little bit of spring inside your home!
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