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How to Make a Decorative Branch With Paper Flower Blossoms

Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.

Learn how to make a decorative branch with paper flower blossoms.

Learn how to make a decorative branch with paper flower blossoms.

Decorative Branch DIY Craft Tutorial

This tutorial shows you how easy it is to make a lovely floral decoration for your home using a branch and adding paper leaves and tissue paper blossoms. These beautiful budding branches are the perfect way to accent a mantle or side table or create a charming centerpiece for your dinner table.

I used bright yellow for my flowers to create a pop of color in my room, but you could easily change the color combination and a few details to make this flower craft into a holiday decoration. Change the blossoms to pink and red, and add little paper hearts instead of leaves, and you've created a wonderful decoration for Valentine's Day! For the winter season, use white flowers and add silver and gold stars to your branch for a festive and sparkly holiday display.

Materials for a decorative branch with paper flower blossoms

Materials for a decorative branch with paper flower blossoms

You can double up on your branches to create the shape you want for your flower display.

You can double up on your branches to create the shape you want for your flower display.

Materials Needed

  • A branch: If you can't find a branch that is the size and shape you want, try putting two branches on top of each other and either tie them together or wrap an elastic around the base of your branches. Just be sure that this area is hidden by your vase when you display your decorative branch.
  • Tissue paper: One sheet of tissue paper in each color that you wish to use. You can use as many colors as you choose, and you can mix up the colors of your flower blossoms if you wish.
  • White craft glue that dries clear
  • Basic craft supplies: scissors, pencil, etc.

Optional Supplies for Adding Leaves and Other Details

I wanted to add more fullness and interest to my branch decoration, so I created some paper leaves to attach to wire stems on my branch. This is optional, but you can add leaves, hearts, stars, or other attachments to your branch by following the instructions below:

  • Decorative paper: You'll need a few sheets of this. It could be magazine pages, some pretty stationery, gift wrap, wallpaper, etc. Your paper should have a little bit of thickness to it and not be floppy.
  • Soft wire: I used 24-gauge copper wire because I liked the color and it's what I had on hand.
  • Template: A template for your leaf, heart, star, or whatever detail you want to add to your branch. I cut out my leaf shape from a cardboard box.
  • Glue stick that dries clear
  • Wire cutters, scissors, and a pencil

How to Make and Attach the Leaves (Optional)

Step 1. Using wire cutters, cut your wire into six- to eight-inch lengths. How many decorative elements you add to your branch is up to you, but you may want to start with 10 to 15 lengths of wire.

Step 2. Holding one end of the wire firmly against your branch with your thumb, use your other hand to tightly wrap your wire around your branch to create a wire stem that looks like it is growing from your branch. I found it easier to wrap my wire starting from the natural v's my branch (see photo above). Be careful not to wrap the wire so tight as to break your branch.

Wrap each length of wire four to eight times around your branch, leaving at least four inches of wire to create the stem. Once you are done wrapping your wire, you can trim your stem with your wire cutters, but keep in mind that you'll want about a 1/2 inch of extra length that you will tuck inside your leaf or decorative attachment.

Step 3. Place your wire stems along your branch wherever you choose to fill out the shape.

Attaching your decorative elements to your branch

Attaching your decorative elements to your branch

Step 4. Next, use your template to trace and cut out your decorative elements from your paper. You will need two pieces (back and front) for every stem you have created on your branch.

Step 5. Place one of your paper pieces face down on your work surface and cover the back of the paper with glue stick. Position this paper element on the backside of one of your wire stems with the glue side up. Be sure to capture at least 1/2 inch of your wire stem in the glue on the back side of your paper element.

Step 6. Then put another one of your decorative elements on the top of your glue (right side facing up) so your wire stem is sandwiched inside. To hold your pieces together, you can pin them with a paper clip while they dry.


Step 7. Continue adding your leaves or decorative elements to all your wire stems. You can also add leaves or decorative elements to the thin tips of your branch. Once you are done adding your paper elements, let your branch dry completely, preferably overnight.

Cutting out your paper blossoms

Cutting out your paper blossoms

How to Make and Attach the Paper Blossoms

Step 1. Using your scissors, cut your tissue paper into squares that are about 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. If you'd like to make larger blossoms, you can cut your tissue paper into squares that are three inches by three inches.

You will need one paper square for each of your blossoms, and you can add as many blossoms as you want to your branch. If you find your blossoms are a little bit too big in the end, you can trim them once they are attached to your branch.

Step 2. Taking each paper square, cut a small V on each side so that you create a central X shape, being careful to maintain the center of your shape. Your V cuts do not need to be perfect, nor do they all need to be the same size.


Step 3. If you'd like to add a paper stamen to the center of each of your flowers, cut little strips out of a different color of tissue paper that are about 2 inches long and 1/4 of an inch wide. These little strips can be approximate and do not need to be all the same size.

Step 4. To form your blossom, take your stamen and lay it across your paper X. Working from the back of your paper, pinch the center of your X (making sure to capture your stamen, too), and twist the paper to bring the four corners together to form your bud. Your twisted center will become the base for your flower.


Step 5. To attach your blossoms to your branch, first pour out a little puddle of white craft glue on a paper plate or piece of foil. Dip the twisted base of your flower into the glue and place your flower where you want it on your branch. Hold in place for a few seconds until your blossom sticks. If you have problems getting your flowers to stay on the branch, apply a little more pressure with your thumb and hold for about 20 seconds.


You can place your blossoms on your branch wherever you choose. I found that my branch had little nodules every couple of inches that seemed like natural spots to position my flowers.

Step 6. If you'd like to put flowers on both sides of your branch, work on one side until you like the way it looks, then let it dry overnight. When your branch is completely dry, turn it over and lean it against a box or pile of books so you can decorate the other side without crushing any of your flowers.

Wrap the base of your branch with bubble wrap so it will stand up in a vase

Wrap the base of your branch with bubble wrap so it will stand up in a vase

Displaying Your Decorative Branch

You will probably want to display your branch in some type of vase or vessel. There are two ways to hold your branch upright in your container.

Display Options

  • Use a piece of floral foam in your vessel and stick your branch into it.
  • Wrap the end of your branch in a long piece of bubble wrap to make the base wide enough to stand up in your container. You can either secure the bubble wrap with an elastic or tape the end.

Whichever you decide to use, you can cover your structure with some glass pebbles, small stones, or floral moss so it is hidden. If you are using a clear vessel to hold your branch, you can also fill in around your structure with pebbles, stones, or moss or hide it with some artificial leaves. Once your branch is in place, you can carefully adjust your wire stems in whatever arrangement you think looks best.


Happy Crafting!

I hope this floral branch craft adds some colorful cheer to your décor or to the center of your table!

© 2015 Donna Herron


Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 24, 2015:

Thank you so much, Heidi! And thank you for your share and vote up. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 24, 2015:

There's a "plant" I could successful maintain! :) Classy project. Voted up and beautiful, of course!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 24, 2015:

Hi vocalcoach - Thanks! I really enjoyed making this decorative branch and I hope others do too. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 23, 2015:

An excellent tutorial, well planned and easy-to-follow steps. Thank you so much.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 23, 2015:

Thanks so much, Jill! I'm glad you enjoyed this project. If your blooming branch turns out looking different, that's fine too! I just love how the blossoms draw attention to the unique shape and gesture of each branch. Thanks so much, as always, for your comments and share. Have a wonderful weekend!

Jill Spencer from United States on May 23, 2015:

This is so attractive and well-thought-out-- and something to keep in the house year round. (I love your vases, too!) When the red twig dogwood drops its leaves, I'll have to harvest some and try this. I just hope I have your patience for detail.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 09, 2015:

Hi Suzie - Thanks so much! I find my decorative branch is perfect for adding some color and cheer to any spot. I often move it from my mantle to my dining room table, and out to our patio table when we're having friends over. And I agree - this project can easily be changed up with different colors and decorations for different seasons or holidays. Thanks so much for your comments!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 09, 2015:

What a really effective craft that may be used for so many occasions, Valentines, Easter and Christmas to name a few! Nice alternative to using snow effect on branches. Thanks for another interesting and very doable tutorial.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on April 29, 2015:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan, Rebecca, and Miss Olive! Thanks so much! This blossom craft has brightened my mantle through our rainy spring. So glad you like this project. Thanks for your comments, shares, and pins! I appreciate it!!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on April 28, 2015:

Cute project idea! Pinned!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 28, 2015:

I love this idea!

Claudia Porter on April 28, 2015:

I love that you incorporated the natural branches in this one. It's so delicate looking and so pretty. One could easily change up the colors too! Another beautiful project purl3agony. As you can see I am way way behind in catching up on comments on hubs from hubbers I follow.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 07, 2015:

Hi Suzanne! So glad you like this project. Thanks for your lovely comments and pin. I appreciate it!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on March 06, 2015:

Lots of great ideas here! I've seen this project done before, but they didn't have tissue paper flowers, the bubble wrap base or show the lovely pots that you show to display the finished decorative branch. Thank you for this tutorial and pinned to my DIY & Upcycling board!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 02, 2015:

You're very welcome, Jackie. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 01, 2015:

I have a couple of the flower ones made without the leaves. Those would be pretty to try; thanks for the directions.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 28, 2015:

Hi MonkeyShine75 - So glad you like this project. I think you might be surprised at how easy it is to make a lovely decoration. And if you don't like how it's coming out, you can just start over with another branch! Good luck, and thanks so much for your comments and vote up!

Mara Alexander from Los Angeles, California on February 27, 2015:

I love this, what a great idea and it's beautiful. I hope it turns out good for me

Voted up

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 26, 2015:

Thanks! So glad you like this project. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting :)

poetryman6969 on February 26, 2015:

I think this craft would make an interesting room accent. I agree with another commenter, bubble wrap is a cool tip.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 26, 2015:

Hi pstraubie48! I like putting bare branches in vases too. They can have such beautiful and interesting shapes. But after the winter we're having, I was ready to add some color by adding some blooms in hopes that Spring will be along soon! Thanks so much for all your support! I appreciate it!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 26, 2015:

Hi RTalloni! Thanks for your kind comments! I've only used floral foam a few times, but it can be expensive. The bubble wrap is an easier option if you have some on hand, and depending on the shape of your vase. Hope you give this project a try. Your granddaughters might really have fun with this. If cutting the tissue paper is too involved for them, you can just cut it into squares or small circles and they can make their blooms from these shapes. Thanks again!!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 25, 2015:

That is a clever little craft that I think older children would enjoy doing too.

My Momma used to bring in dried weeds and interestingly formed branches and place them in vases. They had such a quality of calm and brought nature right into our home.

Of course we had many many live plants and often I would arrange vases of cut flowers to adorn our tables.

thanks for sharing Pinning

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

RTalloni on February 25, 2015:

I love forsythia and this would be a way to enjoy their blooms when they are not in bloom! Thanks for an easy to follow tutorial and for the tip on using bubble wrap since floral foam is not friendly to me. Your display photo is lovely!