Spring of my sophomore year in college I used to ride by a grove of cherry trees with big double blossoms. I was having a rough go of it for some reason (must have been in the middle of midterms) so I decided to clip a few to bring home with me. I rode my bike on campus in the dark of night and didn't realize I forgot my clippers until I got there. The branches were also much higher up than I thought they were... I ended up scraping up my hands pretty bad trying to get to them, all while trying not to attract too much attention from the other students passing by. I felt really ridiculous that night, but the few little branches I managed to reach cheered me up all week.
Needless to say, I love flowering trees. I came up with this project so you can make long-lasting flowering magnolia branches yourself, without the hassle of looking like a fool in public or getting in trouble for trespassing. That's what I call a win-win!
Here's what you'll need:
- Crepe paper in white, light pink, and green
- White wrapped floral wire
- Spray adhesive
- Light green floral tape
- Branches. These came from my mom's garden but you can also purchase them in the floral section of the craft store.
- Hot glue gun
Cut two pieces from the white and light pink crepe, about 8" x 12". Spray one side of each with the spray adhesive (spray outside or in a well ventilated area over newspaper). Press the two pieces together, making sure the grain of the paper is going in the same direction.
Paint on some pink brush strokes on the pink side of the crepe. This is meant to accent the base of the petals, so keep the brush strokes on one side. Let dry.
Cut out the petals from the crepe with the grain running vertically. Each flower needs 6 petals. I made mine in two sizes: the petals on the larger blossom are about 2.5" long, the smaller about 2" long. Gently stretch the center and crimp the base of each.
Bend the end of a piece of wire over a couple times with pliers. Wrap two petals around the wire, facing each other, with a 4" length of floral tape. Add two more petals, facing each other, overlapping the first two, and then add two more. Gently fold the petals outward.
Wrap the wire around the branch and trim the excess. For smaller blossoms, bend the wire near the base of the flower over a couple times and trim the wire. Hot glue onto the branch.
Cut a bunch of leaves, about 1/2" long. Hot glue the leaves around the bases of each flower. Add a couple small bunches of leaves and petals on the branch to make buds.
Arrange the branches in a simple vase and enjoy!