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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. 
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Step 1: What you will need

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  • 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

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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

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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.
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anguyen703 months ago
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.
ChrysN (author)  anguyen703 months ago

Nice! It looks great with 20 LEDs.

rchristine1 year ago
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
ChrysN (author)  rchristine1 year ago
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.
So I could probably do 10 in under a week... thanks! They really are awesome...
Absolutely stunning. I want to make these so bad! Well done!
ChrysN (author)  VintageChic1 year ago
agis681 year ago
excellent result and iam running to buy the moterials...the plastic flower
Thank you so much for sharing this, love it!!!
Mumu5452 years ago
Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing.
ChrysN (author)  Mumu5452 years ago
dkoleva2 years ago
Very beautiful! Thank you for the great idea!
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?
ChrysN (author)  porcupinemamma2 years ago
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.
Nozebra2 years ago
This is really pretty! Thanks for sharing!
ChrysN (author)  Nozebra2 years ago
Thank you!
Beautiful! I love cherry blossoms. I might do this with some silk orchids that I bought from a dollar store. Thanks!
ChrysN (author)  container_gardener2 years ago
Cool, that would look really nice with orchids. I would love to see it when you are done.
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
attybomb3 years ago
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!
ChrysN (author)  attybomb3 years ago
Awesome, that looks great!
skyciel3 years ago
The instructions are super easy to follow thank you! I made this for my mom for the holidays and it came out great!
ChrysN (author)  skyciel3 years ago
Awesome! It looks great.
afulford13 years ago
Amazing idea, it'll be perfect for my room!
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.
ChrysN (author)  aniushkanita3 years ago
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.
Mine are only plugged. Can I cut them?
ChrysN (author)  aniushkanita3 years ago
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.
Alright, thanks a lot. Cheers!
rblansett3 years ago
May I ask if you can possibly post pics when its dimmer and the lights are on? That would be wonderful thanks.
ChrysN (author)  rblansett3 years ago
The blossoms do give off a fair bit of light so it is hard to get a much darker picture.
mjenkins103 years ago
This looks really cool. However my concern is the heat from the lights burning the paper.
ChrysN (author)  mjenkins103 years ago
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.
monikerrr3 years ago
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!
bstanger3 years ago
I'm going to make these as sconces for my bedroom! So cute! :)
jmiksanek3 years ago
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.
bstanberry3 years ago
Easy as that, thanks!
Dimensionz3 years ago
Beautiful flower lights :-)
ChrysN (author)  Dimensionz3 years ago
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