Craft-Along at Watha T. Daniel

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Craft-Along at Watha T. Daniel

Cherry Blossom Print

Spring is finally here, and in D.C. that means one thing: The cherry blossoms are in bloom!

So, in the spirit of the season, please enjoy this tutorial for making your very own cherry blossom print.


  • Empty soda or water bottles
  • Tempera paint in pink, white and black
  • White paper
  • Cardboard for paint mixing
  • Paint brushes
Step 1
Step 1: Place black and pink paint on cardboard.
Make light pink by mixing white and dark pink.
Step 1
Step 2: Blend the colors until you have a soft light pink (cherry blossom color!)Mixture
Step 3: Begin painting the base of the tree by making long brush strokes with the black paint.Tree base 1
Step 4: Continue painting with the black paint until you are happy with your tree shape.Tree base 2
Step 5: Dip the soda bottle into the light pink paint and....Step 3
Stamp!!!Step 3
Continue stamping with different colors until you have a tree full of blossoms!Cherry blossom final

If you would like to make a print in the library, please join us for Family Story Time followed by 'I Made It Myself!' on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. In addition, join us every Monday at 4 p.m. for Crafternoons in the Children's Room at Watha T. Daniel (Ages 7+).

You can find a Pinterest board filled with books from our catalog on the cherry blossoms, links to information and events around the city, and even a few recipes here.

Every person is an artist, so create something beautiful today. Happy crafting!
-- Jesse Sigman