Transform bare branches into an explosion of Springtime with this easy, budget-friendly DIY project. Using nothing but simple paper (tissue paper or rice paper will work), a trusty glue gun, and a sprinkle of creativity, you’ll make the prettiest blossoms for your home.
These paper blossom branches can be made to fit your style by using any color tissue or rice paper you would like; once you learn the easy technique for making the paper flowers you can make a rainbow of branches if you want to!
The best part of this project is that you don’t need many materials either! Branches, paper, and a glue gun. I am using bendable artificial branches but to make it even more budget-conscious you could gather small branches from outdoors.
Paper Flowering Branches On A Budget
Winter still throwing a tantrum outside? Don’t sweat it, friend. We’re about to conjure up some serious Spring vibes right here, right now!
Let’s get started on this quick and easy Spring DIY project!
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Materials for Flowering Branches
Choose whatever color of tissue or rice paper that you are drawn to for your set of flowering branches. I already had this rice paper on hand in my craft supplies and I thought it would look pretty with the pieces of greenery pressed into the paper.
White tissue paper will get you the same look as mine but I love this champagne shade of tissue paper and am going to make another set using it, it looks similar to cherry blossoms.
Making The Paper Blossoms
Step 1: Cut Paper Strips
For these blossom branches cut your tissue paper into 2-inch by 8-inch strips. The good thing is that the paper is so thin that you can layer a few sheets together and cut them all at the same time.
**If you are working with 20×20 inch pieces of tissue go ahead and just make your strips 2 inches by 10 inches to save time, the finished look will be the same**
Step 2: Scallop Edges of Paper
Once you have your paper strips cut it’s time to make the curved edges of the paper petals.
Using a smaller pair of scissors made this step easier for me.
Just make scallops on one edge of the paper strip, they do not have to be perfect and uniform across the strip…keep this project easy and low-stress!!
When you are cutting make sure not to cut all the way down the paper strip.
Make 5 scallops for an 8-inch strip of paper, if you are using 10-inch strips of paper then make 6 scallop shapes.
See, my scallops aren’t all the same shape and size!
Step 3: Curl Edges
Now this step is optional but gives a softer look the the finished blossoms.
Do the same motion like you are curling a ribbon by running scissors down the edge. Just be careful and do a quick motion along one side of the paper strips. I actually used kid’s scissors for this.
Step 4: Making the Paper Blossom
To make the paper blossom hold one strip of the paper with one hand and with your other start folding the paper back and forth.
Once the paper has been folded twist the straight bottom edge to form the blossom.
Assembling The Blossom Branches
My workflow for this DIY was to make each blossom and glue it to the branch.
Have your hot glue gun heated and ready to go. Now it’s time to make our first flower branch.
To glue the paper flowers to the brach you will need minimal hot glue. If you use too much it will show.
Just add a small amount of hot glue to the end of your branch and secure the paper bloom in place. Use silicone finger protectors to prevent burning.
Add a blossom to the end of each branch. The set of artificial branches I am using works so well for this craft. The tips of the branches are so narrow that I could glue the flower right around it.
If you are using a thicker or natural tree branch just add the blossoms as close to the end of the branch as you can.
Finished Flowering Branches
One thing I love about an easy DIY project like this is that you have immediate gratification when you are finished! In under an hour (maybe 45 minutes including time to take photos) I made 4 flowering branches which was enough to fill this vase.
There is a big selection of artificial branches to choose from online but I really love the look of these bendable willow ones (around $15 for a set of 10)
The other branches in this set were used for my Moss Branch DIY Project
Forget waiting for stubborn real branches to cooperate – these papery beauties are ready to party whenever you are. And the best part? They’ll outlast a pack of grumpy snow clouds and keep your home lookin’ fresh all season long.
Bonus points for being budget-friendly and totally customizable. So grab your trusty glue gun, and some paper that tickles your fancy (tissue or rice) and let’s get crafting! Trust me, these faux flowers will lift your mood. And hey, if anyone asks, just wink and say, “Shh, they’re not real… but aren’t they fabulous?”
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