Oh-So-Pretty Cherry Blossom Craft for Kids

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    Cherry Blossom Tree Idea for Budding Crafters

    Katherine Lee

    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...MORE 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!

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    Gather Your Materials

    Katherine Lee

    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...MORE green
    • Glue dots
    • Scissors

    *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!

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    Make the Tree Trunk

    Katherine Lee

    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.

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    Make the Branches

    Katherine Lee

    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.

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    Add the Branches to Your Tree

    Katherine Lee

    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.

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    Add Smaller Branches

    Katherine Lee

    Make even smaller branches to add to the bigger branches you've already laid down.

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    Here's Where You Are

    Katherine Lee

    It is unlikely any two trees will look alike, but once you've lain all your branches, your tree will look something like this.

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    Fill in Color

    Katherine Lee

    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. 

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    Make the Blossoms

    Katherine Lee

    Now you're ready to make the blossoms! Take your flower punch and make lots of flowers.

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    Make the Petals

    Katherine Lee

    Next, curve the petals up with your fingers so that they form little cup shapes.

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    Add the Blossoms to Your Tree

    Katherine Lee

    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!

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    Add Grass Detail

    Katherine Lee

    If you're adding some green washi tape for grass under the tree, add the fallen blossoms after you add the green washi tape.

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    Final Product

    Katherine Lee

    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!