It is almost Cherry Blossom time in Washington DC! According to the National Cherry Blossom Festival the beautiful cherry trees will be blooming in the DC Tidal Basin from March 31- April 11. The peak time to see this national natural treasure will be from April 3-8. If at all possible, take a trip to see this breathtaking sight! It will not disappoint!
To commemorate this special occasion I made a wreath. It was very easy to make and will give me many years of enjoyment hanging on my front door.
Materials for Cherry Blossom Wreath:
2 wreaths- 1 a twiggy willow, the other can be a grapevine or whatever you have on hand.They should be the same size (I had 2 willow wreaths, 1 was quite motley so I used it on the bottom)
glue gun or glue pot
silk cherry blossom branches, enough to fill your wreath to your liking
ribbon to hang wreath
dust buster (dust bust often to keep work area and floor from becoming an overwhelming mess)
Proceedure to make Cherry Blossom Wreath:
Wire the two wreath together. The twiggy willow wreath on top of the grapevine. Wire at 12,3,6 and 9 o'clock on the wreath. This makes your wreath have depth. It will look so much nicer when it is done.
Cut Cherry Blossom branches into individual long stems. Save all small bunches for detail on wreath.
Beginning in the back third of the wreath glue a stem on an angle that corresponds with the way the willow twigs are going. Liberally glue the bottom of the stem and push it deep into the wreath to secure it.
Using the same technique, glue a stem towards the front of the wreath.
Continue this technique around the wreath.
Once the blossoms have been glued to wreath, make sure they look even and ballanced. Fill in any gaps with small bunches.
Using small bunches or single blooms, work on the inside of the wreath. Glue Cherry Blossoms to the inside edge of the wreath to create a full and finished look.
When you are happy with the overall look, shake the wreath to find any loose stems and re-glue. Pull off any glue webs.
Tie with a soft pink satin ribbon. Hang. (For photographic purposes I hung the wreath on my pantry doors. It was raining and blowing at StoneGable so hard it was even coming in my covered porch. I will hang it outside when this storm blows over.)
I would like to introduce you to a new Pink Saturday blogger, Maria from Chica Bella Crafts. She made a wonderful plate using Modge Podge, a clear glass plate and some beautiful and sassy pink paper! Oh, this is right up my alley!!!! My dish cupboard will probably make a quantum expansion! Visit her, for great instructions and inspiration! Click HERE to visit.
I am participating in a Spring Wreath Party at Inspired by Charm. Thanks Michael!