A Handmade Blooming Branch Perfect for Winter
A blooming branch can be a gorgeous piece of home decor, especially for late winter and early spring. To me, blooming branches represent a rebirth – being able to start again with renewed energy. Lots of citrus botanicals tend to bloom in winter and early spring, so we made this showstopping paper orange blossom to celebrate this beautiful seasonal offering. The more that this branch came to life, the more we absolutely fell in love with it.
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- Lia Griffith Extra-Fine Crepe Paper – Chiffon, Juniper, Fern
- Lia Griffith Double-Sided Crepe Paper – Ferns & Moss
- Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper Winter Garden Collection – Spearmint, Pistachio, Snowflake
- Lia Griffith Tissue Paper – Tropical Squeeze Papaya
- Mod Podge
- 2-inch Foam Balls
- 18-Gauge Green Paper Covered Wire
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Cut out your crepe pieces according the the PDF template. Then, cut out several circles of orange tissue paper about 2 inches in diameter.
- Create a small circular loop at the top end of the floral wire (see photo in photo tutorial).
- Cover the loop in the wire with two circular pieces of Chiffon colored crepe.
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We used a mix of extra fine crepe, heavy crepe and tissue paper to give this paper orange blossom gorgeous depth and texture. For the blooms, we used Snowflake from the floristic crepe line, but they would also look beautiful in the White paper from the extra fine collection. Last but not least, you’ll need Chiffon for the centers. The shimmery orange tissue comes from our Tropical Squeeze tissue pack, and you can find all of these papers in Shop this Project below. Browse all the specialty papers in our range in our shop!
When you are covering your foam balls to craft the oranges, there is no need to add more than one layer of paper around the foam. We used about 6 pieces of tissue per ball. The most important piece for tying your paper orange blossom together is the branch. You can find pretty branches at your local craft store, or you can simply find one in your own backyard like we did! Using a real branch gives it that rustic handmade feel that is perfect for this project. Once you are finished, you can hang it up on a wall, or stick it in a tall vase depending on the size of your branch. It can also make for a lovely centerpiece or piece of mantel decor.
More Blooming DIY Projects
If you want to explore more blooming branch projects for winter and spring, take a look at our crepe cherry blossoms, dogwood branches or tissue paper blooming branches. Browse all of our DIY crepe paper flowers, or find all of the projects that we have brought to life with our crepe. Want to see more paper flower projects like this? Let us know if the comments! Give us your project suggestions below, or head over to our membership page to start crafting with us. Enjoy! ~ Lia & Team
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I tried to make the oranges but end up with ugly folds when I try to smooth it around the foam balls. How many circles do you use per 2 inch foam balls? Is there a technique that I’m missing as I can’t get mine to look like yours!
This is an older project, so I think if I were to make it at this point, I would use smaller circles of tissue paper. This would mean, less folds to shape it onto the ball.
Hello, I joined and bought a a pattern Orange blossom pattern I know you sent it to me cuz I remember seeing it but I have gone back on my phone my tablet and everything and I cannot find it and I can’t even sign in so I need your help thank you
Please email email@example.com and Emily can assist you.
Is there an SVG in the works for this project?
There is now! 🙂 SVG is available to download.
This is soooo beautiful! Making some of this tomorrow!!
Yay! Thank you, Kelly 🙂
Can the crepe be cut with the Cricut? Or is the paper too fragile?
Sadly we haven’t had any luck cutting crepe on the Explore. The Maker cuts it beautifully though!
Thank you! Do you know why that is? Just a better blade / machine?
The Maker uses a rotary blade so it doesn’t drag across the crepe. It’s an awesome upgrade.
Interesting. Thank you!
These are just BEAUTIFUL! I always love your tissue flower projects! The look very realistic!
Thank you Julie!