A simple bloom technique that beautifully transforms a branch. Materials Tissue paper (you can purchase this inexpensively at the dollar store) Scissors and/or fringing scissors (optional) Tacky glue Brown floral tape (optional- you can purchase this at florists, dollar stores, craft stores or online) Branches Directions Collect fallen branches. We selected ones that were more delicate in nature. We bought a tissue paper “fold” which assisted in the ease of the next step. Unfold a few sheets, but leave them together. (E.g., 3 layers depending on the sharpness of your scissors). Cut out a strip that is about 10 centimetres (approximately 2 inches) tall and 25 centimetres long (approximately 5 inches). Fold it on half longwise (see photograph). A few teachers I used to work with referred to this as a “hot dog fold” which was really easy for the kids to understand. Cut down from the fold to about the half way point with each incision being an equal distance apart (we did approximately 1/2 a centimetre apart). Depending on the thickness of your branch cut your tissue paper into 2-3 sections along 2 or 3 of cuts. Put a thin line of glue along the bottom of your tissue paper (where there are no cuts). Wrap it around the end of your branch gently. If you want a more full bloom, wrap it around several times. We wrapped the bottom of the bloom with a little bit of floral tape just to firmly secure it and give it a polished finished. When using floral tape, be sure to pull it taut to activate the glue. Use your blooms to brighten up your table, a room or tie them with a ribbon to the top of a present. Purpose Hand/eye coordination, fine motor skill development, scissors handling skills. Safety Notes Use scissors with adult supervision. Be aware of other people when handling sticks. Follow the directions on glue products. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.