Cherry Blossom Trees
The cherry blossom trees are blooming this time of year and most kids, like my daughter, get excited whenever one is spotted.Â Unfortunately, the blossoms donâ€™t stick around too long and those pretty pink hues will soon be covering the streets or blowing in the wind.Â Weâ€™ve got not one, but two crafty solutions for keeping those cherry trees bloomed all year long.
Supplies youâ€™ll need:
- Card stock
- Hot glue (optional)
- Scissors or craft knife
- Flower-shape punch (optional)
- Bottle or vase
- Marbles or glass stones
- Dough (optional)
- Grab one or two sticks from your nature-walk collection (everyone has a nature-walk collection, right?) and prune them so they begin to take the shape of a tree.Â If there arenâ€™t enough â€œbranchesâ€, use another stick that could fill in the gaps.
- To keep your sticks in place, fill your bottle or vase with marbles or maybe your rock collection.Â If you donâ€™t have anything heavy to fill it with, use a ball of dough.Â Set aside.
- To prepare the flowers with watercolors, paint some circles on white or light colored card stock.Â Allow to dry.
- To prepare both kinds of flowers, cut out flower shapes with a scissors or use a flower hole punch if you have one.Â Try to center the flower over the water colored circle before cutting out the shape.
- You can now add some glitter to the flowers by adding a dab of glue to the middle of each flower.Â Then sprinkle on some colorful glitter.Â Allow to dry.
- Add some dimension to your flowers by pinching each petal and folding them toward the center.
- Now youâ€™re ready to start gluing your flowers to the tree.Â A hot glue gun works best but let a grownup do this part.Â Regular glue will work too.