Tissue flowers on twigs to make cherry blossoms is not a new craft, but I adapted the flower making technique, and I really like the look of the result. Many of my visitors actually thought they were real at first! I love these for spring when I have no trees to pull from (and lets face it, I wouldn't want to hurt my cherry tree's if I did have some).
What you'll need:
- White tissue
- Dark pink tissue (or red if that's what you have on hand)
- Light pink tissue (optional)
- Stapler with staples (or floral wire)
- Glue gun
- And a garbage can under you so that your floor doesn't end up looking like this when you are done:
1. Fold a sheet of light pink into many layers so you can cut out many flowers at the same time using a flower outline template. Repeat with white in the same size. For the dark pink, you can just cut out a smallish wonky circle. I cut out smaller flowers at first but soon realized the shape doesn't matter so much, the dark pink will just be poking out in little punches.
2. Layer the flowers with white on bottom, then light pink, then dark. The petals in the white flower should peek out between the petals in the pink flower.
3. Form the flower by pulling the inside into a point
4. Staple about half way up, just enough for the dark pink to peek out, but not be covered up completely. Floral wire would work wonderfully, but I never seem to have that on hand, and stapling is so quick. :)
5. Flare out the flower and shape it up a bit, it really doesn't have to be too symetrical/perfect to look good so don't be a perfectionist.
6. Hot glue them onto some branches, and you're done!
I used marbles to balance my branches and hold them in place, but I think it would look much better without, or in a non-transparent vase. I'm thinking I'll move them to my non working fireplace soon actually.
Storage tip: If you want to keep these to use next year, but don't want to store big awkward (live) items, just pull off the blossoms, put them in a tiny box, and glue them on to new branches next year.