Blossoms, Dearies

Go see the trees at Waterfront Park, then make your own at home with this easy tutorial.

Metro Parent Portland. Hands On. March 2015. Cherry Blossom Art with CHAP.This project is a great way to incorporate art into the changing of the seasons. The tree can be modified to represent autumn and the changing of seasons by using orange, yellow and red tissue as leaves on the tree.

Note: If you want to do this project with toddlers, have the base of the tree already prepared; that way toddlers can enjoy the sensation of crumpling tissue into balls and adhering it with glue without worrying about making their painting look just like a tree.


  • Paintbrush
  • Cup of water
  • Watercolor paints in brown and green
  • Card stock or Bristol paper
  • Glue
  • Tissue paper squares in assorted shades of pink.
  1. Start by getting your paintbrush wet, and begin applying brown paint at the bottom of the card stock to form your tree trunk. Paint large tree branches, then add small branches with short brushstrokes.
  2. Rinse out your paintbrush and begin to apply small green leaves to your tree. The leaves look best when added randomly and sparingly.
  3. Add tissue cherry blossoms. Place a few dots of glue along the tree branches, then crumple the tissue squares into tight balls and stick them to the glue dots. Keep going until you love your tree, just like our model, 7-year-old Ezra Kae.

Metro Parent Portland. Hands On. March 2015. Cherry Blossom Art with CHAP.

The Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) brings the healing power of art to children in crisis through a mobile team of teaching artists working in a partnership with hospitals, community organizations and schools. They work with critically ill, chronically ill and disabled children (and their loved ones) through programs that strengthen encourage and inspire. To donate or volunteer, please visit

Grace Littig

Grace Littig

Grace Littig is the art club coordinator at The Children’s Healing Art Project.
Grace Littig

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