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How to Make Cherry Blossom Lights

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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.
rchristine6 months 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)  rchristine6 months 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.
rchristine ChrysN6 months ago
So I could probably do 10 in under a week... thanks! They really are awesome...
VintageChic7 months ago
Absolutely stunning. I want to make these so bad! Well done!
ChrysN (author)  VintageChic7 months ago
Thanks!
agis688 months ago
excellent result and iam running to buy the moterials...the plastic flower
rvespasiano8 months ago
Thank you so much for sharing this, love it!!!
Mumu5451 year ago
Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing.
ChrysN (author)  Mumu5451 year ago
Thanks!
dkoleva1 year 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)  porcupinemamma1 year 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.
Nozebra1 year ago
This is really pretty! Thanks for sharing!
ChrysN (author)  Nozebra1 year 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_gardener1 year 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
attybomb2 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!
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ChrysN (author)  attybomb2 years ago
Awesome, that looks great!
skyciel2 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!
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ChrysN (author)  skyciel2 years ago
Awesome! It looks great.
afulford12 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)  aniushkanita2 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)  aniushkanita2 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!
rblansett2 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)  rblansett2 years ago
The blossoms do give off a fair bit of light so it is hard to get a much darker picture.
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mjenkins102 years ago
This looks really cool. However my concern is the heat from the lights burning the paper.
ChrysN (author)  mjenkins102 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.
monikerrr2 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!
bstanger2 years ago
I'm going to make these as sconces for my bedroom! So cute! :)
jmiksanek2 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.
bstanberry2 years ago
Beautiful.
Easy as that, thanks!
Dimensionz2 years ago
Beautiful flower lights :-)
ChrysN (author)  Dimensionz2 years ago
Thanks!
desbesmarie2 years ago
i LOVE this!! my friend is redoing her bedroom and it would be perfect!
anibioman2 years ago
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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