Monday, March 7, 2011

"B" is for Blossoms

Cherry blossoms for Spring.

In true knock off fashion, again, I copied Pottery Barn's cherry blossom branch:

White Ceramic Pitcher Vase

image from Pottery Barn

Good luck finding it at Pottery Barn, it's "no longer available" online.

But in the time it takes you to search for one you can easily make it.

And I bet you already have all the supplies (surprisingly I did so not one fresh penny was spent on this knock off).

Here's how I made the blossoms:

1. Using crepe paper scraps (from pom poms I made for girl #2's birthday) and some paper flower punch outs (I made awhile back for my sister-in-law's baby shower) make your flowers:

2. Don't go for perfection, the more imperfect = more natural looking flower.

3. Once the crepe paper petals are glued on start shaping the petals.  Pull out and stretch the crepe to get three dimensional petal.

4. My branch is secured into a pail with concrete and then pea gravel.

5. Glue the flowers onto the branches.  Roll up the dark pink crepe to make buds and glue on.
(Here's my branch at night with one lonely flower.)

All finished:

Can you tell which branch is mine and which is Pottery Barn's?
Okay I know mine aren't totally realistic but a darn good knock off!

Faux Pink Cherry Blossom Branch

image from Pottery Barn

Faux Pink Cherry Blossom Branch

image from Pottery Barn

A close up of the blossoms.

Spring has blossomed in our house, now we're waiting for the outdoors to catch up.

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Katy said...

this is so pretty! I tried to do something similar last Easter with my 3 kids, and it came out so awful! I am in awe of your talent :)

A Vintage Vine said...

I was just in PB over the weekend and yours is better! Love it!

Angie said...

Hi Jamie, I am new to your blog (found through Cottage and Vine) and I am loving it. Funny, like one of your readers, I was at PB over the weekend and yours looks so much better. I love it, Spring definitely has arrived! Look forward to reading more.

Linen + Verbena

trumatter said...

Lovely. Tell you what, tonight some one's gonna make a copy of that copy! I heart this idea.

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Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Your branches are beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Really lovely job! My favorite sign that Spring is nearby.

bikim said...

that is just gORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lovely photos!
take care,

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Wow! That's amazing. They look so beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial! I'll be bookmarking it! said...

Love it! I'm loving all the simple flower stems at PB. I found some similar at HL, but I LOVE the ones you made. PERFECTION. WHERE are you finding all the cute blue eggs?

ohmipiaci said...

Yours was definitely cuter - I love the addition of the eggs at the bottom. Pretty pink and beautiful blue: what's not to love? :)

- Jess

Holly said...

So pretty! I just might have to knock off your knock off! Love it!

KaseyQ said...

Love it!! I saw those branches in the catalog and I totally wanted to do the same thing- I knew it would involve some bare branches and tissue paper, but I hadn't gotten around to the details. Yours are gorgeous! Nice work! I just finished some tissue paper peonies over on my blog and they turned out super cute. Nice when we can make spring for ourselves and not have to wait on that slooowpoke Mother Nature. ;-)

Ashley said...

wow great job! I just love those colors together:)Beautiful... Stopping by from the Shabby Chic Cottage's party:)

Ashley Sinatra said...

Super cute and classy!


Shaunna said...

sooo cute, Jamie! I love those branches so I may have to give this a try! Thanks for your sweet comment on the bedroom. And yes, many switcheroo's have been discussed. :-D

Jennifer said...

Nice knock-off! And very creative. I love the blue eggs. Such a springy color! Stopping by from Chic on a Shoestring.

Melissa said...


Etcetorize said...

Awesome tutorial! I thought about buying the Pottery Barn version last year but just couldn't get myself to actually take the branches to the register. Way too pricey! I love this solution though~

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Hey Jamie!
Nice to meet you!!! I just became a follower!
I love you!! Thank you for the great idea!!!
I was in Pottery Barn last weekend $19.95!!!
I know what I'm doing this weekend!!!

Lucy Designs said...

these turned out so pretty, love them

A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Great idea! So pretty!

Kristina said...

Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello. I LOVE this! I have been trying to come up with a way to make something like this! We had to cut our huge cherry blossom tree down last year as it was too close to the house :( Bookmarking this and I can't wait to get started.

Kristen said...

these are beautiful! I love that the blossoms are out! I actually took pictures of them on the trees earlier today :)

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Maggie said...

how pretty

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

so so so so cute!! Here from Shabby Nest. Great job!

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

LOVE this, so pretty! I'd love for you to link it up at I ♥ Nap Time.

Sibylle said...

I have to say, I like your blossoms much better than the original ones! good job!

Sibylle (

Mary said...

I love a good knock off and you did really good!

radn said...

Love it! its really pretty!

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Paula said...

This really does look like a real cherry tree branch full of blossoms. Good for you for making it for free!

this blessed nest said...

this is gorgeous.

beautifully done. so so pretty.

thanks for linking up!


Holly said...

Thanks for adding your beautiful blossoms to my party :)

Ruth said...

I love these and plan to give them a try. They look beautiful.


Melissa said...

Wow this turned out gorgeous! At first I couldn't tell that the flowers were made out of paper...good job!

Stopping by from centsational girl.

projectanthologies said...

Oh, so cute! I love cherry blossoms! Thank you for sharing this great idea.

Evergirl said...

How cute! Well done!

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Very pretty! It's fun to create and rewarding to see such beautiful results.

Olive Cooper said...

Very well done and why on earth pay those PB prices?

Fishtail Cottage said...

This is adorable & love the branches you did...those blue eggs are so cute in the moss! Thanks for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's today ~ i'm your newest follower! xoox, tracie