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torsdag 9. januar 2014

Let your cherry glow

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


  • 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.






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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