I love cherry blossoms, and giant paper cherry blossoms are perfect for stunning spring or late winter centerpieces! The Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat, which celebrates the new year for the fruit bearing trees, is just a little over two weeks away, so now's the perfect time to make some giant blooms to grace your table!
And yes, I know, these aren't exactly shaped like cherry blossoms, which have only five petals, but you certainly can make truer to life replicas if that's important to you.
As I'm writing this post I just looked down at myself and I'm covered in splatters of pink paint, fortunately kid's guache that will come out in the wash. Oh, and why the paint? Well these giant paper cherry blossoms used to be these giant paper flowers that I've been using since July 2012 in a variety of centerpieces! The flowers are still holding up nicely, so I just couldn't bear to toss them, so I've given them a new look with some pink paint!
I have to say, painting them isn't quicker than making new flowers, but I'm so happy to be giving these guys a new life. More on how I'll be using them next week in another post.......I grabbed my daughter to take a quick photo of these flowers during a short spell of sun during an otherwise very rainy and snowy (yes!) day, perfect weather to enjoy this little painting project!
For a complete tutorial to make these giant paper flowers, see my giant paper flower bouquet centerpiece tutorial.
Note: I made the flowers in the tutorial using canson art paper, while those show here are made from very light weight cardboard, just a bit heavier than card stock. While both versions have held up quite well and been used for numerous events, the cardboard ones could last for years, something to keep in mind! And of course, down the road you can always paint them or even decoupage them for a new look!