Monday, March 21, 2011

A Simple Spring Celebration

Yesterday was the first day of spring!  Hooray!  Are you ready to celebrate spring with your children?  I know I am, even though it is snowing as we speak (another 4" or so...oh, bother).  But snowstorm or no, it is officially spring and that deserves a celebration!  And what better why to celebrate than with a craft?  Well, a party would be fun, too, but we're fresh out of cupcakes.  This craft took about 15 minutes and it only required materials I'm sure you already have at home.

We created our very own popcorn cherry blossom tree to decorate our home and brighten our days.


I got the idea from Babycenter.com here and it was super simple.

Materials:
1 piece of pink construction paper
1 piece of brown construction paper
glue
scissors
already cooked, cooled popcorn

Instructions:

First you draw the outline of a tree on the brown construction paper.  Then you cut it out.


Next you glue the tree to the pink construction paper, going longways.





This was the first time Jax got to use a glue stick and he was very fired up.  Apparently all I need to keep him occupied is scrap pieces of paper which he can cut and glue together.  That would keep him busy for days.  Don't you love his chubby little hands?

So now you have a bare tree glued to a background.  Now you need your popcorn cherry blossoms!  At first I used a glue stick and that really didn't work very well, so I switched to regular old Elmer's glue and that worked much better.



Jax also ate more than his fair share of popcorn, so make sure that you keep an eye on that because a) they're a big choking hazard (make sure you keep an eye out for ones that fell off and may be at baby-level) and b) he even pulled some off the tree and ate them, glue and all.  Probably not the best for the digestive track.  Maybe a separate little bowl for eating.


Such. A. Boy.

When you finish gluing the popcorn, you have your beautiful spring tree!  We added a little more decoration for pizazz, but it isn't necessary. 


Our tree is adorning our fridge, facing the kitchen door as a little reminder to Mother Nature to stop with the snow, already! and let's get on with spring!  Spring is here; it's time to celebrate and be outside and watch the buds blossom on the trees.  I can't wait for the flowering trees; that is my favorite part of spring.  What's yours?

Welcome, Spring! 

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11 comments:

Alicia Stucky said...

So cute!

Kelly H. said...

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Tara said...

Aw, so cute, love that idea! Your son looks so happy!

Nicole said...

So cute, may have to bust out the crafts today!

Sue@creativetryals.blogspot.com said...

Very cute! This craft reminds me of the song "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree" . I love it! Lot's of fun!!
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alexandra said...

such a cute idea!

emilysnan said...

hiya , great idea and tutorial your little helper is adorable and thanks a bunch ..now i want popcorn ! ps love the name of your blog x, tfs , i am visiting from someday crafts and am your newest follower maybe you will pop by mine and follow too
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Charlene said...

I just saw this...we did the same thing a few days ago haha, only I colored our popcorn pink.

Great minds think alike, I guess.

Amy said...

Cute! I love the popcorn idea for the blossoms. My son and I just did one two weeks ago, but we used colored tissue paper instead. I also traced his hand and forearm for the trunk and branches. He's crazy about gluesticks too...what is it about little boys and glue? And eating? :)

Amy
http://oneartmama.blogspot.com

MamaJB said...

So cute!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I just wanna say you share some of THE BEST kids crafts I've seen on blogland!! Love this idea!! Goes with the Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree song.. Have you heard it? So cute! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!