This time of year, I really miss living in Washington, D.C. because winter is finally over and the Cherry Blossoms are...blossoming. It's absolutely gorgeous! You may or may not be aware that the Cherry Blossom trees in our nation's capital were a gift from Japan that symbolize the friendship between the U.S. and Japan. That being said, what an appropriate time to remember the tragedy and devastation in the country of Japan. The footage I have seen has been surreal--and I think it's only now set in how real the disaster is. I hope you're keeping Japan as a whole in your prayers.
I made a cherry blossom branch in keeping with the spirit of the Cherry Blossom festival, and it just so happens to fit in with the kick Sharon and I are on right now--branch crafts!
We'll "branch out" to other crafts later. Pun intended. For now, it's branch crafts, folks! Let's get to it.
To make a lover-ly cherry blossom branch, you'll need:
A branch (duh) from any tree you like
Light pink crepe paper streamers ($ .50/roll at the dollar store)
That's it! (Notice that this craft is practically free??)
There's not a real art to making the cherry blossoms--anything goes! Cut out perfect petals, wad up pieces of paper--it really doesn't matter how you do it as long as YOU like the result. That being said, here's how I did it:
1. Rip off a piece of crepe paper that's about 5" long and fold it into a V-shape.
2. Fold the bottom of the V up to the top (where your jagged edges are).
3. Fold the half-formed blossom into thirds.
4. Secure with glue if you want, or just attach it to the branch and glue it at that point. It's your call.
I left the leaves on my branch and removed them as I added cherry blossoms so I could place the blossoms where the leaves occured naturally--in other words, I followed the pattern of nature so I didn't second guess my blossom placement. Capiche?
I placed the cherry blossom branch on a shelf in my living room so I'll see it often. It'll serve as my reminder to keep those affected by the disaster in Japan in my thoughts and prayers.