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Cherry Blossom Tree Idea for Budding Crafters
Spring, as we all know, is the time for beautiful buds, bright green grass, and of course, cherry blossom festivals. What better way to celebrate spring than to take a walk outside and observe all the beauty of nature, and then come back home and make a pretty spring craft based on what you saw?
Here's an idea for a pretty spring tree craft to do with kids that is as beautiful as it is easy and fun to make. The best part is that it doesn't make a mess, unlike many spring tree craft ideas... that involve paint. As we parents know, the cleanup after kids work with paint–especially if they're finger painting–can sometimes take longer than the craft itself!
To get started, you'll only need a few simple materials. You can hang the finished product in a frame, or make versions for lovely homemade cards. It's so much fun to make, you'll practically have a forest of spring trees before you know it!Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Gather Your Materials
Before you begin, gather all the materials you'll need to make these pretty spring trees. You'll need just a few simple things:
- Paper–white and pink
- Paper punch in flower shapes–the one we used is a hydrangea flower shape punch that makes blossoms in different sizes; you can use something like this or another flower shape punch of your choice. Just keep in mind that you want flower shapes that resemble cherry tree blossoms. Try to make different sizes for variety.
- Washi tape*–brown and... green
- Glue dots
*Washi tape is a Japanese decorative tape that comes in pretty colors and patterns, and it can be used to decorate everything from walls to bottles to cards. And they're a no-mess and no-fuss material, which makes them perfect for kids!Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Make the Tree Trunk
Make the trunk of your tree with the brown washi tape. Use pieces that aren't too long—about 2 to 3 inches—so that they don't get tangled up, especially when they're being handled by little hands. About 2 or 3 pieces laid vertically should do it, depending on how wide you want your tree to be.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Make the Branches
If you're making a tall tree, add more pieces of brown tape vertically, as shown. Then, cut more strips of tape into thinner strips to make the branches.
Helpful tip: Cut a bunch of branch strips at once and place them on a surface, such as the tape roll, so that you can tape down batches of branches at a time.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Add the Branches to Your Tree
Add your branches to shape your tree. This is where kids can use their imaginations to create trees that grow exactly the way they want. And because washi tape is so easy to remove and adjust, they can move branches around until they're satisfied.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Add Smaller Branches
Make even smaller branches to add to the bigger branches you've already laid down.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Here's Where You Are
It is unlikely any two trees will look alike, but once you've lain all your branches, your tree will look something like this.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Fill in Color
If you want the tree to be darker, you can layer on additional strips of washi tape. One of the beautiful things about washi tape is that it's somewhat transparent, but if you want a more solid tree trunk, layering is a good option. I layered the bottom part of the tree trunk and left the top and branches more translucent.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Make the Blossoms
Now you're ready to make the blossoms! Take your flower punch and make lots of flowers.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Make the Petals
Next, curve the petals up with your fingers so that they form little cup shapes.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Add the Blossoms to Your Tree
And here comes the really fun part—placing the blossoms on the tree! Take your glue dots and put them on the bottom of the cupped flowers. Have kids add some blossoms that are falling off and some at the bottom of the tree, just like in real life!Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Add Grass Detail
If you're adding some green washi tape for grass under the tree, add the fallen blossoms after you add the green washi tape.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Ta da! Here are some finished spring trees, with and without grass. Aren't they pretty? Make a whole batch of trees and share them with friends!