How To Create Paper Blossoms

We've talked about using paper decorations to punch up a last minute party, but there are ways that you can incorporate paper into your everyday décor as well. My favorite paper creations of late are tissue paper cherry blossoms, which are as pretty as they are easy to make.

A few weeks ago I was charged with the task of decorating a ballroom for my daughter's school auction. The theme was cherry blossoms, and the result was magical…and budget friendly too!

MATERIALS
• Tree branches (branches with multiple off-shoots are best)
• Tissue paper (A few sheets goes a long way. We used around 50 sheets for a huge room full of blossoms.)
• Scissors
• Scotch Tape (florist wire or glue can also be used, but tape is probably the least labor intensive)
• Fishing line (optional depending on how you'd like to display the branches. We suspended ours from the ceiling)

INSTRUCTIONS:
• (picture 2) cut tissue paper into squares (mine were about 2-3 inches on each side) and overlap them in a star of David type shape.
• (picture 3) pinch them in the middle to form a light crease, then pinch in the other direction
• (picture 4)twist the pinched parts to form a "stem"
• (picture 5)attach a small piece of scotch tape to the edge of the stem (once all the blossoms are attached you don't even notice the tape).
• (picture 6)wrap the tape around an offshoot of the branch to secure the blossom
• (picture 7) repeat…and repeat…and repeat!

Typically I'm not a huge fan of faux flowers, but these are so fun to make and so sweet that I've happily made an exception for them in my home. For the auction I had made a few green blossoms in addition to the thousands of pink ones, but at the last minute I decided not to use them for the auction, so now they're gracing my daughters' ceiling (picture 10). The room is surrounded by trees outside, and we often refer to it as the tree house room, so the suspended handmade blossoms are a fun extension of that idea.

Images: Leah Moss

Originally published 6.24.10 - JL