When I was a child my neighbors had a beautiful cherry tree in their back yard. Right before spring came on the calendar I would wake up, look across the street, and see their roof frosted white with the tree in all its glorious bloom. To me the tree held all the promise of sunny days and summer coming soon. Later, when my daughter was quite young, I would point out these first blooms, picking her up to smell their sweet fragrance. Always, for both of us, the temptation was there to pick a branch to take home. But when you take a cherry blossom from a tree you are taking away the fruit that will come and the blossoms quickly drop off leaving nothing but a stick behind. So rather than pick the blossoms we made our own Cherry Blossom Art Project
Branches, Tissue Paper, Glue, Lavender Oil (optional)
Cut the tissue paper into small squares, crumple into blossom shapes and glue onto stick. Apply drops of the lavender oil near the blossoms.
Be inspired! Read poems about trees.
Learn about the history of Cherry trees in Japan.
Read about why Washington DC has so many Cherry Trees. History of the Cherry Trees
“Loveliest of Trees”
by A. E. Housman (1859 – 1936)
LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
Use this beautiful Cherry Blossom Art Project to decorate your home or classroom.