DIY Friday – cherry blossom branch

Spring is slowly starting to show its first signs here in Dublin. Slowly. After the downright horrendous winter we’ve had this year in Ireland, I am greeting spring with arms wide open, twirling in a field with a simple yet incredibly flattering dress and my hair looks perfect. Very Sound of Music.

I adore cherry blossoms. To me they are the definition of spring. Unfortunately, they’re only in bloom for about 2 weeks in May, and it’s only March. Massive sad face. So I thought what if I could come up with a way to bring some spring indoors a bit earlier? And if it was a little more permanent that wouldn’t hurt either. That’s when I had my light-bulb moment – why not just DIY some spring? YEP. I’m that desperate. 

What you’ll need – some small faux flowers in either white or light pink {I bought two faux delphinium’s from Dunnes Stores at €3 each}, a fair sized naturally discarded branch {we don’t want to go terrorizing a tree for the sake of a DIY} and some UHU glue

Step 1 – wash the branch of any debris. I simply held it under the shower until it was clean, and left it to dry in our bathtub. Step 2 – remove your flowers from the faux stem. This should be fairly straight forward and they should just pop off. Step 3 – prop up your branch in a vase and begin to add the faux blossoms. With some squeezable glue, simply add a drop of glue into the circular opening of the faux flower, then press the base into any nobules {so technical} on the branch. Hold in place for a couple of seconds, and that’s it really! 

ADDITIONAL TIP – the faux delphinium’s I bought in Dunnes were actually white. I couldn’t find any faux pink flowers, so I simply used one of my pink college rendering markers {Promarker in ‘blossom’} and randomly coloured some of the petals before gluing them on. 

You can choose to use a branch as big or as small as you like, and feel free to overcrowd that baby with as many buds as you can fit onto it. More is more in this instance. This is also a great project for people like myself, who every year are taken off guard by weird and unusual hay fever allergies. Ain’t nobody going to get a runny nose from these blossoms. And they’ll last all year. Yes please. 

So what do you think? Would you actually try this DIY in your home? Or do the thoughts of faux flowers make your skin crawl? I’ll definately being DIYing this one again but on a much larger scale, and a hella lot more blossoms too. xx A

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  1. March 28, 2014 / 14:40

    I love this idea..will definitely be trying this!

  2. Saturday
    March 30, 2014 / 11:08

    Oh my gosh this is such a good idea! Here in Ottawa we're *still* snowed under. I'm doing this next weekend!!!

    Sam D

    • March 30, 2014 / 12:51

      I am in CP just outside of Ottawa – Sunday morning waking up to 6" of snow… great spring weather!! When will it stop?

    • Saturday
      April 1, 2014 / 14:56

      AHHHH I know!! I'm seriously beginning to question whether or not we'll get a spring at all this year? Must. Remain. Optimistic.

      Sam D

  3. March 30, 2014 / 12:50

    I couldn't tell they were faux from the photos. This is super cute!

  4. March 31, 2014 / 19:28

    That is so clever – they look real! xx

  5. April 3, 2014 / 12:04

    This is so brilliant!! I had no idea they weren't real when I first looked at the pictures! So desperately ready for Spring here too – dress spinning and fabulous hair included. xxx

  6. Anonymous
    April 16, 2014 / 20:21

    😮 love it and love your blog!! x