If you love pretty DIY projects, then you should REALLY love this post… because it features not just one, but FOUR different cherry blossom inspired craft projects: 1. “Cherry Blossom” Branches (featuring tissue paper flowers!); 2. Cherry Blossom Chopstick Holders; 3. Cherry Blossom Ribbon Wall Backdrop; 4. Cherry Blossom Tissue Confetti.
These projects are courtesy of Jenni of A Well Crafted Party, whose beautiful, Japanese-inspired “Love in Blossom” wedding theme we featured earlier this week. Check out that post to see how all of these crafty projects came together for one theme! And if you’re mood for some SWEET how-to, check out the tutorial for the pretty chocolate cherry blossom cupcake toppers right here.
PROJECT #1: Cherry Blossom Branches
– Pink Tissue Paper cut into 1 inch squares
– Pen or Pencil
– Hot Glue
The project works best if the tissue paper is cut several sheets of paper at a time and not as a single sheet— 5 layers of tissue paper work best.
Fold tissue paper squares on the diagonal. And then fold again similar to making a paper snowflake. Round the straight side of the now triangle piece of tissue paper. Put a notch in the center of the of rounded edge.
Separate the tissue layers and twist around the end of a pen or pencil.
Placing a dab of hot glue on the branch attach the tissue paper to the branch using the pen or pencil.
Continue placing the tissue paper on the branches twisting the blossoms around the branch.
Branches can be purchased on-line or found in your own backyard. ***There are similar projects featured on both the Martha Stewart and Good House Keeping websites. I certainly wasn’t the first person to think of this, but I do like how my project turned out!***
– Blossom Tissue Paper: Paper Source
PROJECT #2: Cherry Blossom Chopstick Holders
– Cherry Blossom Printable PDF
– Pink Cardstock
– Scissors or Exacto Knife
– Hot Glue & Glue Gun
– Pen or Pencil
– Calligraphy Pen
Print the Cherry Blossom PDF on pink card-stock.
Cut Out blossoms and stands using scissors or Exacto Knife.
Fold stands on dotted lines. Glue the solid dot to the empty dot on the opposite side of the stand. This will create a triangle shaped stand.
Use the calligraphy pen to write guest’s names on each blossom.
Curl the edges of the blossoms using a pen or pencil.
Glue each blossom to a stand at the flower image on the stand to the back of the blossom. Rest chopsticks on the Cherry Blossom Chopstick Holders.
Note: If your do not like your handwriting you can add text in each blossom within an Adobe Reader, Illustrator or Photoshop.
PROJECT #3: Ribbon Wall Backdrop
– Several Yards of Various Widths of Satin Ribbon in you color choice
– Curtain Rod and Brackets
– Hot Glue
– Blossom Confetti
Attach curtain brackets to wall approximately 8 feet from ground. Put curtain rod on brackets. If you do not wish to attach brackets to a wall then you can suspend rod from ceiling.
Measure lengths of ribbon so that they are 5 inches longer than what you need to reach curtain rod to floor. Use a slip knot to attach the ribbon to the rod with the 5 inches of ribbon hanging behind the longer ribbon. Vary the lengths of ribbon while attaching to the rod.
Attach blossom confetti randomly on lengths of ribbon using a dab hot glue to attach.
My 8-foot ribbon wall required 100 yards of 1-inch width ribbon, 50 yards of 3-inch ribbon and 30 yards of 3/8-inch ribbon. Strips of linen or lace would also work very well in this project. Purchasing ribbon in bulk helps make this project more cost effective.
Project #4: Cherry Blossom Confetti
– Blossom Paper Punch
– Tissue Paper in shades of Pink
Punch several layers of tissue paper with blossom punch. Repeat until you have as much confetti as needed.
Note: The confetti can be used on tables but also to shower the bride and groom with as they leave for their honeymoon.