A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Craftster is for freely sharing how to make things! Don't post pics of things you sell in hopes of getting some sales or we'll have to bust out the LIMBO stick on you! Wink
Total Members: 297,051
Currently Running With Scissors:
624 Guests and 27 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 8
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Cherry Blossom Branch Lights - With Semi-Tutorial  (Read 63330 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
sf craftster
« on: May 02, 2008 11:38:29 AM »

this is my first official post on craftster and i'm very excited to present my submission in this challenge, my cherry blossom branch lights.

all lit up:


during the day (with my own cherry tree in bloom in the background):


a close up of some of the blossoms:


these were inspired by branch lights i had seen at a store here in san francisco, but they were quite expensive and plastic and of course i thought "i could make that!" here's a picture of something similar:
http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/product.aspx/lamps/cherry+blossom+branch+with+decorative+flower+lights/lighting/lighting_lamps/-/tke.htm

the ingredients include brown floral tape, 20 gauge floral wire, these led mini-individual-light strings w/ten bulbs (one for each branch):


and actually just one of the white branches from the dollar store (thus, why they're a bit dirty...):


there's three small branches. this is what they look like all separated:


and just one more picture, because i'm excited and they're really pretty!!!


finally, i must give credit to those on craftster that inspired me including:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=134171.0
and
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232999.0

thanks for looking. i can give more details and pictures, plus links to where i got the lights online if anyone is interested. comments greatly appreciated.

Updated 5/5

i just wanted to give an update to detail a bit more of my process and answer all the questions i've received. it sounds like a lot of people want to make these themselves and for a nerdy, socialist-minded crafter like me, this is thrilling!!

this is a semi-tutorial of how i went about creating these.

so first, where i got my materials:
cherry blossom branches - if you live in san francisco, i got them from the dollar general discount store on divisadero at mcallister. i live right around here and while the quality wasn't that good (you can see the rust-colored stains in some of the pictures) the people there are really sweet and there's a bunch of random things to inspire any crafter. i looked online for some cherry blossom branches and couldn't find any and hey, who can beat a dollar??
floral wire and brown floral tape - i can't ever seem to get to craft stores before they close, so i do a lot of shopping online. there's a wholesale floral store called http://www.afloral.com/ and when they were out of the gauge of wire i needed, they sent me another gauge for free. now that's customer service! i used 20 gauge and it worked just fine, though i think a thicker (smaller number) wire would be a bit more stable.
led lights - i got them here: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/floralights.html. warning: they only last 15 hours on aa batteries. i have rechargeable ones, so it's not so bad, but that's not a long time at all. if someone finds these vine lights online somewhere else with a longer running time, please let us know!!!

the process. the first branch took me about two hours, because i really was just making it up as i went along. the other two took me about an hour a piece.
1. choose your branch. my branches are maybe a foot long and are really just one piece of the much longer original branch that i just tore/cut off. i used the original branch and where the blossoms were as a guide, but i had to add flowers to use all ten of the lights.
2. pop out the centers of the flowers. the led lights i used were too small for the hole, so i wrapped floral tape a bunch of times around the base of the light, where it connects to the wire, to make it thicker. floral tape is not really sticky. what you do is stretch it and it kinda becomes stickier and i think it's the tension that actually holds it to the surface. (i bet there are some floral crafters out there that are cringing at my description...i haven't used floral tape that much, so i'm sorry!) then i just pushed the blossom over it. i suppose you could use a dab of craft or hot glue to keep it in place if permanence is something you're after.
3. at this point, locate where on the branch you want the blossom to be. if you're using the original blossom location and there's a wire, stick it under the floral tape. if there's not, stick a bit of the floral wire under the floral tape to stabilize it.
4. starting at where the floral tape under the light ends, start wrapping floral tape around the wire and/or branch and the cord, stretching the tape as you go to get it to stick to itself. keep going until the light stays in place (about an inch), but don't go too far yet.
5. repeat with all ten (or however many) lights.
6. now it's time to cover up all the cords and give the branch a uniform look. i started at the topmost blossom and worked my way down, making sure to cover all of the white cords. at the bottom, i just stopped and used duct tape to finish it off, since that part is not going to be visible and it's stronger than the floral tape.
7. put in a vase. i didn't have one that worked really well, but i think i'm going to try to find something without a bottom so that i don't have to take each battery pack out and turn it on each time. i used a newspaper bag to hide the packs and stabilize the branches, but again, this wouldn't be necessary if i had the right vase.

hopefully i'll have pictures to illustrate this process soon! if anyone tries it, please post pictures because i want to see what other people come up with, especially since i'm sure i haven't perfected it by any means!!

thanks so very much for all the responses. what a great first post! i'm in the middle of adding some crafty elements to my newly decorated apartment and i'm totally inspired to keep posting...so you'll be seeing me around!
« Last Edit: September 08, 2008 03:33:31 PM by sf craftster » THIS ROCKS   Logged
snowyangel
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2008 11:45:09 AM »

Those are beautiful! I would put them in every room of my house if I could trust my cats not to chew them. Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Funky hand bags, pillows, cat toys and more UNDER $25...
preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'www.snowyangel.etsy.com')
****************************************
http://www.wists.com/snowyangel2000
Sinking Hearts
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2008 11:46:15 AM »

Those are really beautiful!!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
craftewoman
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 5816
Joined: 30-Aug-2007

Busy sculpting...


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2008 11:51:36 AM »

beautiful!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

digital misfit
Offline Offline

Posts: 3121
Joined: 08-Mar-2008

crazy doesn't begin to cover it!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2008 11:55:46 AM »

That is just gorgeous.  It is even lovely during the day when not lit up.  I have to steal this idea and put it on my ever-growing to-do list!

would love the links to the mini LEDs online, please Smiley
« Last Edit: May 02, 2008 11:57:33 AM by digital misfit » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Visit my blog to read my rambling, get free hand embroidery patterns, and even enter giveaways from time to time! http://myhidingplaceincyberspace.blogspot.com
craftewoman
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 5816
Joined: 30-Aug-2007

Busy sculpting...


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2008 12:03:37 PM »

Very elegant. I like it.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

mimirecon
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2008 12:05:28 PM »

I absolutely love this, making me hit THIS ROCKS  Roll Eyes lol
THIS ROCKS   Logged
violentlyknits
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2008 12:19:16 PM »

wow! that is absolutely beautiful!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

you take the things you like, and try to love the things you took.
sf craftster
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2008 12:25:04 PM »

thank you for the compliments!

@ snowyangel: i have cats (you can see one of them in the picture with the original branches) and they've so far been very good with these! my other, real plants? not so much...

@ digital misfit: here's the link for the lights - http://www.save-on-crafts.com/floralights.html
THIS ROCKS   Logged
jancola
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2008 12:32:45 PM »

Wow!!!  Great work!

What does the base look like?  It is hard to see.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 8 Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Try a Twisted Half-Up Hairstyle for Homecoming
Try This Quick and Easy Braided Style for School
How to Create a Milkmaid Halo Plait Hairstyle
Try a Glam, Side Bun for Homecoming
Get a Faux Hawk Hairstyle
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Decoupaged Table Top
August 20, 2014 Featured Projects
Tute Tuesday: Faux Cross Stitch Sweatshirt

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.