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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!  Hooray!

 

Find more fun and award-winning crafts at my blog "Rub Some Dirt On It"

http://vermontwhitneys.blogspot.com

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