This is such a pretty time of year here in Portland. The trees are bursting with blooms in pinks, whites and yellows. To celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, I wanted to add a pretty blooming branch to my dinner table and make something I can use again and again in many different ways. For this project I made two branches that are about the same shape but not attached. My idea was to use them down the center of my table, but now I am thinking of so many other places I can use them. How pretty would these be to decorate a dessert table at a bridal or baby shower? And how about placing them on a shelf or at your desk to give you a little glimpse of nature inspiration as you work. You could easily make 4-6 branches and create a gorgeous garland to decorate a wedding reception. The branches are made from paper covered wire that you can find in your craft store. Because they are easy to bend you could make a wreath for the wall, front door or to wrap around a candle. Share some of your ideas on how you might use this pretty branch.
For these branches I used a pretty metallic paper for both the blooms and the leaves. You can find these at my favorite online paper source, paper-papers.com. The blooms are made from two sheets of Ice Gold and the leaves are one sheet of Fairway, both in text weight. For the added touch of pink on the petals, you can print that onto your paper right from my template. The template also includes a pink texture of the back side of the petals. This is optional if you prefer a whiter flower. The tutorial will show you how to trim, curl, fringe and score the paper pieces. For the branches I used 6 feet of the paper covered floral wire for each of the two sections. The six feet will allow each four sections of the branch to have double wire that is twisted together for the finished look. You can download and print the pattern at the end of the post. I do recommend a laser printer for the metallic papers. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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