Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Cherry Blossom Tutorial - How Befitting!

A quick spring-time tutorial to get you through those rainy days!

My friend from MOPS {we'll call her Kristin.  not for anonymity reasons, but because her name really is Kristin.} is a super fabulous crafter.  She's one of those people who's not just a Pinterest pinner, but she's a Pinterest do-er!  She heads up decorating our MOPS tables each month and once again this month she did not disappoint.  Gorgeous cherry blossomed branches sprung up at each table.  With just a glance, I knew I had to make them for my table at home.

Here's how you can add a little spring cheer on the cheap to your home.  It's putsy, but super easy, too.  Here goes!

First, find tissue paper in the color you'd like to use for your blossoms.  This 6 pack was only $1 at Family Dollar and it was plenty.  I used pink, but think a nice yellow for a forsythia branch!
Leaving the sheets folded, cut strips about 1 1/2 inches wide down the length of the folded tissue paper.  Then cut the strips into squares.  You'll have a whole pile of squares when you're done.

Next, you'll want to gather each square up.  Put a dot of hot glue in the center of the square and gather up the corners {like a hobo scarf}  It will look like a flower bud at this point.  I snipped off the jagged edges straight {see bud on the right side of this photo} but you could leave it rough.
After I got all those buds made {I suggest doing them in stages throughout the afternoon or you'll be bored to tears.}, I gathered up some FREE branches from my yard.  I used river birch branches.  Put a small dot of hot glue wherever you want a bud and then put them in place and wait for the glue to set up.  Continue this around the whole branch until you're satisfied with how it looks.

 And you'll end up with an expensive looking centerpiece for your home.  And it only cost you a stinkin' dollar.


Becky said...

Glad you made some...I thought they would be perfect for you when I saw them :)

Kristin Kowalske said...

I'm so flattered!

Here's a tip I figured out...

I used a pencil and spun the eraser on the middle of a single piece of tissue to form the buds. Pinched the end and glued to the branch. It made for quick work and was easier on the fingers!

AKA Kristin :)