How to Make a Spring Tree

spring-treeYou can make a beautiful spring tree for your entryway by attaching tissue paper flowers to a gnarly branch stuck into some dirt in a pot.

I happen to have a dead tree in my entry way, as you well know from my Thankfulness Tree. Those who follow me on Facebook also saw a dilapidated picture of oversized ornaments hanging from it at Christmas time. Ah, yes. Why don’t I just throw the darned thing out already? Because look! I just transformed it into a gorgeous spring tree! It makes me smile each time I pass by. (And my daughter was delighted, too. My husband just rolled his eyes.)

You can make tissue paper flowers with cookie cutters, and those come out more fancy than the simplified ones I’m going to show you here. Instead of using a cookie cutter, I grabbed the lid of a mayonnaise jar and traced around it on light and dark pink tissue paper. Make 4 circles with a pencil, then cut stacks of the tissue paper all at once to make this project go faster. (It’s actually easier to cut 6 or 7 layers of tissue paper than to cut one piece, because the paper is so flimsy.)

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Now that all your circles are cut out, stab half a piece of pipe cleaner into the center of a stack of 4 or 5 pieces. Hook the pipe cleaner to make a lump so that the tissue paper doesn’t slide off the end. Now fluff up the tissue paper. Your flower is finished.

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Make as many flowers as you like to decorate your tree. I used one large piece of tissue paper for light pink, and one for dark. I cut as many circles as I could, and I ended up with the amount of flowers you see in the picture.

 

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6 Responses to “How to Make a Spring Tree”

  1. what a cute idea looks cool thanks 🙂 x

  2. Aw i think this is such a cute idea! (dead tree and all) You are showing your child that you can reuse even a simple dead tree instead of tossing it in a landfill. I wish I could homeschool my kids, I was part of a homeschooling group when my children were 0 and 2 but we live with my family now and they claim to need the “break”. Hopefully one day my homeschooling dream will come true! Keep up the cute work and showing it off. Your daughter is lucky to be learning through fun!

  3. How creative! You truly demonstrate that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure! How clever of you to bring beauty to something so simple.

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