I made these cherry blossom branches a week or so back to satisfy some spring fever and do something new with the honeycomb tissue paper I had recently bought. It turned out so well that I decided to make a tutorial for anyone that is interested.
Honeycomb tissue paper made beautiful, showy blossoms - exactly what I was looking for. I used sheets of paper that I ordered online but you could totally re-purpose a dollar-store holiday or party honeycomb decoration for this project. Just make sure that the cells of the opened paper are on the smaller size. You can check this by looking at the lines where the paper is glued when the shape is collapsed. The space between these lines should be a 1/2 inch or less to make blossoms with the effect I got.
Small-celled (1/2 inch or less) honeycomb tissue paper (either a sheet or a decoration to re-purpose)
Branches (I used Rose of Sharon bush branches from my yard)
1. Prepare your honeycomb tissue paper. I cut my sheets into smaller squares, 2-3 inches across. If you use a re-purposed decoration, do the same. The lines in the collapsed paper are where the sheets of tissue are glued together to make the honeycomb effect. You want to set up your square for cutting the blossom shape with the glue lines oriented vertically.
2. Cut out your blossom shape. I used an elongated half-circle as the silhouette. You can cut any size blossom, but the most important part is to cut so there is a glue line inside the shape on both ends. This creates the celled effect. My blossoms either had one, two, or three cells and were anywhere from about a half-inch to an inch-and-a-half long. Getting your blossoms how you like them might take a little trial-and-error, so practicing on some extra paper or decoration definitely wouldn't hurt.
4. Open the blossom carefully and match up the ends. Press them together so the tape sticks and creates the blossom shape. This part is a tricky because the paper can get a little floppy. You want the straight edge of the shape to be the center of the blossom and the curved to be the outside.
5. After making your blossom, set it aside and prepare your branch. Wrap a generous piece of double-sided tape around the end of your branch where you want to place the blossom.
6. Gently pull the sides of the blossom with both hands to make a small opening in the center and slide it over the taped branch like you would a doughnut. You slide doughnuts onto tree branches, right? (Tutorials are hard, folks.)
7. Cup the blossom with both hands and press gently towards the center to adhere all the tissue layers onto the tape.
8. Repeat! Until you have a bunch of beautiful blossoming branches. Once you get the hang of working with the paper it is fun, quick, and totally satisfying.
Working with the tissue was so awesome that I want to keep experimenting. My kids also loved playing with it so save your scraps for a rainy day if you want a fun kid-project. If you do make anything, definitely share in the comments. I think I might set up a Pinterest board just for cool honeycomb tissue uses.