As I'm doing a series inspired by the upcoming Chinese New Year, it would be remiss of me not to share the eastern flair of the cherry blossom with my toddler daughters. So here's what we did;
- Take small cupcake liners in red, green and yellow (but any color will do).
- Turn the cupcake liners inside out, so that the color is inside the cup (skip this step if yours have color on both sides).
- Put a sticker-dot of contrasting color in the center of each 'blossom'.
- On some of them, stick a green 'leaf' on the underside.
- Now experiment!
Over the course of about 45 minutes we tried;
- Suncatchers - sticking them back to back on fishing line, weighted down with a bead at the bottom. You could add beads in between the blossoms to catch more sun, or add bells to jingle. Make lots and fill the whole window or a doorway.
- Tree branch - we found branches in the garden and stuck the blossoms on the branches, then had a parade of sorts down the corridor.
- Chopstick decorations - these were my favourites, and I think they'd look great with a ribbon or crepe-paper strip. The girls weren't as enthusiastic... moving right along...
- Wall decoration - we put some temporary tack on the back of the blossoms and made a garden on the wall. The girls thought this was great, and loved having their photo taken under the cherry blossom 'bough'. Then they decided to break small twigs off the branches and shove these behind the paper flowers... now it was my turn to be unimpressed...