As I mentioned in my post of 12 Japanese Themed Tot Trays and Sensory Bins, one item I wanted to elaborate upon was the fun Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree we made! After the photos and a quick list of the steps, find more details underneath. I hope this adaptable Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree Paper Craft activity can be fun for your tot (or older child) as well!
Paper lunch bag
Pink tissue paper
Adhesive (I used foam squares)
Paper trimmer (optional)
Pot, mug, or bowl (optional)
1. Make paper bag tree cut strips in open part of bag and twist for branches
2. Cut tissue paper into ~2.5″ squares
3. Fold tissue paper squares into quarters
4. Cut off corners of squares to make circles (see tutorial)
5. “Pinch” circles in center and slightly twist to make blossoms
6. (optional) Put adhesive on tree branches
7. (optional) Display tree and blossoms on tray for toddler
I knew I wanted to do a Japan theme. So naturally the first step is to head to Pinterest and see what I could find. As I very much expected, I wasn’t finding much that was very specific to toddlers or preschoolers. But I still found tons of ideas!
I quickly took a liking to the ideas at AHC arts & crafts, especially the Cherry Blossom Tree. I liked that all we’d need supply-wise was pink tissue paper.
Then, we needed a tree! Of course, the original plan was to just use branches from outside. I had trouble finding the right kind of branch, they were all so beat up from winter! So we tried the craft store, but I wasn’t willing to pay that much. So I went to Pinterest and there it was! Pikadilly Charm mapped out how to make the coolest tree out of a simple paper lunch bag. While its intent was as a fall tree, it looked just right to be a cherry blossom tree too!
After making the tree, I started on the tissue paper squares. I used a paper trimmer which saved a lot of time. Now my original intent was the fold the squares into quarters and have E help with the cutting, drawing the curved “cut” line just like the tutorial. But, I decided this was too many steps for us at this age!
So, I created all of the cherry blossoms ahead of time. I used easy, double-sided foam adhesive squares and stuck those to the branches. I put the now-heavy (but standing!) tree and collection of cherry blossoms on a tray for a low-key and fun post-nap activity!
I think this whole Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree Paper Craft project could be done so many ways. An older child could do more or all of the cutting. Outside branches could be part of it. So many options!
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