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January 7, 2009

Blossom Painting (super easy craft for CNY)

Blossom trees are symbolic of the Chinese New Year. The blossoms represent courage and hope. While we were in Nanchang in the middle of March last year, it was so nice to see spring blossoms knowing that snow was still on the ground back home in West Michigan.

For this blossom tree painting you will need:
pink paint
paint brush
black marker
optional: fine white or pink glitter

Step 1. Mix the paint with an equal part of water to paint. Take your clean (paint-free) paint brush, dip it in water, and paint your paper all over with water.

Step 2. Dot on the paint and watch the dots spread. When you are happy you have enough blossoms leave the picture to dry.

Step 3. When the paper is dry, draw in the branches of the tree with the black marker. You could even embellish the blossoms a bit more with a coating of glue and then sprinkle fine pink or white glitter.

We’re planning on framing our prints to keep them preserved and to keep the glitter from shedding everywhere.

Happy crafting!!

PS. When Emma and I worked on this craft, Josie was more interested in playing with her fisher price people than painting, but this is certainly a craft that is easy enough than toddlers can participate. A variation of this same craft could be to take the paint and dip your child's fingers in the paint and use their finger prints to make tree blossoms. I might do this with Josie this coming weekend. Stay tuned.


Shanna said...

That is really beautiful. You are right, Kai and Chloe would enjoy doing this one. I can't wait to try it out!

The Young's said...

Once again...another beautiful craft!! You should frame the one you used for the example. It's awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Tammy said...

What a pretty craft. Josie looks so cute! It looks like she is adjusting well with the cast.

Blessed Mom of Four AND More said...

Thank you for the comment you left on our blog. I had sweet peace remembering that you are a prayer warrior Ellie and I can count on.

~verna said...

This looks so fun. I just gave your blog address to Mya's preschool teacher. I think this would be a very fun project for the class.

Unknown said...

I love this project Mom we should do more!

Emma(Ji Ji)

Caroline said...

I love this craft idea and will suggest it to the kids' classrooms for the day I will do the CNY presentations! Best, Caroline

PandaMom said...

You always have the greatest crafts!

Truly Blessed said...

Looks like fun!

Did you get the notice from CCGGGR about the upcoming events? If not, I'll send you a link...

Oh, and the Children's Museum thing for today has been resecheduled to Jan 23 -- probably to a new location also. Maybe that will be far enough into the school year that you and Josie can come?

LaLa said...

What an awesome idea! Beautiful painting : )

Steffie B. said...

darling idea.....and I love the picture of the 3 of you....beautiful! ;)

Rebecca said...

Wonderful craft ideas! I came across your BLOG today and was so excited to find simple and fun ideas for CNY! LOVE the Chinese tree, too. Your girls are beautiful.

Rebecca :)

Mike and Barb said...

Oh, that looks SO SPRINGY!!!! I bet you can't wait for warmer weather, either!
Love, Barb

jen at said...

i adore this... cherry blossoms are one of my favorite things ever. we will certainly give this a try and link to you when we do! (we blog on kid-art projects over at