Introduction: How to Make Cherry Blossom Lights

I love the way the cherry trees outside my building bloom cheerfully each Spring.  I wanted to bring the beauty of those cherry blossoms indoors so I made some out of tissue paper and to make them even more special I added LEDs

These pretty lights are inexpensive and easy to make.  They are made mostly from material found at a dollar store.  You can make several branches for a spray of cherry blossoms to decorate your room. 

Step 1: What You Will Need


  • White LED Christmas lights (battery powered) -you can pick these up on sale after Christmas or here.
  • Tissue paper (shades of white and pink) -you can reuse old tissues from gift bags, it's okay if it's crinkly
  • a Branch (I used dollar store flowers, though a real tree branch will do)
  • Floral stem wrap tape (brown)
  • Vase*
  • Sand/ gravel or small stones
  • Twist ties
  • Glue (glue stick and craft glue)
  • Pliers
  • Scissors/rotary cutting tool

*If you use lights that need to be plugged into an outlet, you need a vase that you can cut a hole in to allow the plug through the bottom.

Step 2: Putting the Lights On

I trimmed off the flowers and excess twigs from the branch so that I can spread the lights out evenly.  Starting from the bottom attach the LED wires to the branch with twist ties.  Try to arrange the lights evenly along the branch with the battery pack at the bottom and the wires pulled taut.

Step 3: Preparing the Tissue Paper

I used four layers of tissue paper, two white and two pink.  You can try more layers of tissue or different colour combinations.
Cut the 4 ply paper into squares 3 by 3 inches in size, you need one for each LED.

Step 4: Cutting the Blossoms

Fold each square (with the 4 layers of tissue) in half. Fold the half square into a cone, lining up the edges.  With scissors cut a half circle off the top of the cone to form the blossom (see images above for guidance).  Glue the four layers of tissue paper together with a glue stick (just put glue at the centre of the blossoms, leave the petals separate) and poke a hole in the centre.

Step 5: Putting the Blossoms on the Branch


The cheap dollar store flowers that I was using had a plastic stamen at the centre. I was able to fit it on the tip of the LEDs so that it diffused the light nicely.  If you don't have anything like this on your flowers or if you are using a real branch and you would like to diffuse the light on your LEDs you can sand the surface or put a dab of glue on it.

To assemble the blossoms on the branch, slip the hole of the blossom through the LEDs and secure on the branch with clear tape. I then glued the plastic stamen on.  When the glue is dry ruffle up the layers of tissue paper so that they resemble a real cherry  blossom

Step 6: Wrapping the Branch

Wrap with floral stem tape beginning from the base of the blossoms down the branch.  Pull the tape taut and try not to layer it too thickly.  Cover the branch and light wires all the way down to the battery pack.

Step 7: Finishing Up

Place the branch and battery pack into the vase and begin pouring the gravel around it.  Cover the battery pack with gravel but make sure you have access to the switch. It would have been more convenient if the switch for my battery pack had been at the top, instead it was on the top edge so I left that area uncovered.  Unfortunately, I will also need to pull the whole thing out when I change the batteries.

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anguyen70 made it! (author)2014-12-16

this was a great DIY. I had lots of fun making this and it turned out great. however, I used a different light bulb (it was alot bigger) so wrapping the tissue paper around it was difficult. I added some flowers and silver bead wire stems to make it pop more and I used 20 LED lights.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2014-12-16

Nice! It looks great with 20 LEDs.

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rchristine made it! (author)2013-09-18

How long did one branch take to make? I'm doing a wedding in November with 10 tables and these would look amazing in orange or purple mixed in with regular branches

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-09-18

I can't remember exactly how long it took, I probably did it in an afternoon. You could save time if you use a punch to cut the tissue paper flowers.

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rchristine made it! (author)rchristine2013-09-18

So I could probably do 10 in under a week... thanks! They really are awesome...

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VintageChic made it! (author)2013-09-03

Absolutely stunning. I want to make these so bad! Well done!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-09-03

Thanks!

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agis68 made it! (author)2013-08-13

excellent result and iam running to buy the moterials...the plastic flower

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rvespasiano made it! (author)2013-08-10

Thank you so much for sharing this, love it!!!

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Mumu545 made it! (author)2013-03-24

Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-03-24

Thanks!

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dkoleva made it! (author)2013-02-28

Very beautiful! Thank you for the great idea!

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porcupinemamma made it! (author)2013-02-13

Soooooooooo cool and beautiful! you have posted an excellent Instructable! Thanks so much. BTW, I was wondering if there is a possibility that the tissue paper could catch on fire?

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-02-13

Thanks! Leds don't give off very much heat (that is why they are so energy efficient). Though it can't hurt to keep an eye on it if it is left on for long periods of time.

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Nozebra made it! (author)2013-01-26

This is really pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-01-26

Thank you!

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container_gardener made it! (author)2013-01-11

Beautiful! I love cherry blossoms. I might do this with some silk orchids that I bought from a dollar store. Thanks!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2013-01-12

Cool, that would look really nice with orchids. I would love to see it when you are done.

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katiemselway made it! (author)2011-12-23

Oh my gosh. What a wonderful idea. I've made this in several different colors including orange, blue and purple. Such a terrific idea. Thanks so much! :D

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attybomb made it! (author)2011-12-21

Thank you for your amazing instructions, I was able to make mind with no hickups! I used duct tape instead of twist ties, and removed it as I went a long. I bought the LED lights from your link and had so many lights to work with half ended up being hidden by sand. My niece is going to love it!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-12-21

Awesome, that looks great!

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skyciel made it! (author)2011-12-11

The instructions are super easy to follow thank you! I made this for my mom for the holidays and it came out great!

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-12-11

Awesome! It looks great.

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afulford1 made it! (author)2011-10-24

Amazing idea, it'll be perfect for my room!

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aniushkanita made it! (author)2011-09-03

Hey! Here's a question. What should I do if the LED wire is too long for my branch (there are several lights to spare)?
LOVE this, by the way.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-09-03

If the lights are wired in parallel you can cut the extra lights off at the end furthest away from the battery and just wrap the wire at the end with electrical tape. You can tell that they are in parallel if there are 2 wires linking each light. Don't do this if they are not battery powered and plug into a wall outlet.

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aniushkanita made it! (author)aniushkanita2011-09-04

Mine are only plugged. Can I cut them?

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-09-04

No, the voltage from a wall outlet is too high, it would be dangerous to have a cut wire. Maybe you can wrap the extra lights with black tape and hide them in the vase.

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aniushkanita made it! (author)aniushkanita2011-09-04

Alright, thanks a lot. Cheers!

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rblansett made it! (author)2011-09-03

May I ask if you can possibly post pics when its dimmer and the lights are on? That would be wonderful thanks.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-09-03

The blossoms do give off a fair bit of light so it is hard to get a much darker picture.

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mjenkins10 made it! (author)2011-08-23

This looks really cool. However my concern is the heat from the lights burning the paper.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-08-24

LED lights don't give off very much heat (that is what makes them so efficient). You can have it on for a long time without being a hazard.

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monikerrr made it! (author)2011-08-15

Most of the time I get lost halfway through the instructions, but yours were flawless! I'm really tempted to make this for my bedroom. All I have to do is find the time. Thanks!

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bstanger made it! (author)2011-07-29

I'm going to make these as sconces for my bedroom! So cute! :)

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jmiksanek made it! (author)2011-07-25

These are beautiful. I saw something like this in a store a while back and was thinking about how I'd like to try to make something like that. Your instructions are fabulous---maybe I'll actually get around to trying it someday now.

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bstanberry made it! (author)2011-07-25

Beautiful.

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tapplicat'on made it! (author)2011-07-25

Easy as that, thanks!

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Dimensionz made it! (author)2011-07-14

Beautiful flower lights :-)

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-07-14

Thanks!

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desbesmarie made it! (author)2011-06-25

i LOVE this!! my friend is redoing her bedroom and it would be perfect!

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anibioman made it! (author)2011-06-17

this is really cool also i have some of those battery powered christmas lights so i think ill make something like this for my mom for her birthday.

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Crypto555 made it! (author)2011-06-05

Hey, where did you get those lights? those are perfect. but cant seem to find anything like em that will work. -.-

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-06-05

I bought mine just after Christmas on sale, but you can get some here.

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Mrballeng made it! (author)2011-06-04

Very well done! Turned out real nice.

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-06-04

Thanks!

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vishalapr made it! (author)2011-05-31

Well done Chrys N, have a look at my ible "Star-Wars X-Wing 2"

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ChrysN made it! (author)ChrysN2011-06-01

Cool X-wing!

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vishalapr made it! (author)vishalapr2011-06-01

Thanks, maybe you would like to comment in the ible, thanks

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mmould03 made it! (author)2011-06-01

Absolutely wonderful! Going to fiddle around this weekend and see what I come up with (loved the bit on making the petals.)

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