Tips for Creating a Plum Blossom Branch Luminary

Bring soft warm light and delicate blossoms together for a stunning centerpiece.

By Kelly O’Roark

 

With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to bring brightly-colored blooms into your home with beautiful fruit blossoms, such as cherry, apple, or plum. While apple and cherry blossoms are a great way to add elegance and color to your abode, they’re the most common, which is why making a plum blossom bouquet is a unique twist. (Although, if you have a hard time finding artificial plum blossom branches, cherry or apple blossoms work just as well!)

 

Since these branches are only in bloom for a short period of time in the Spring, silk flower branches are a great way to enjoy the beauty of Spring all season long. They can be found at your local arts and crafts store or even your nearest dollar store (along with the other items that are needed for your arrangement). In addition to having beautiful branches with blossoms, you can add delicate lights to create a one-of-a-kind luminary for decorating your foyer table, adding soft light to your nightstand, or even brightening up the powder room.

 

So if you’re looking for plum blossom branch ideas, you’ve come to the right place! You can create a stunning plum blossom luminary with only four items in about fifteen minutes. For this project, you’ll need:

 

  • Four plum blossom branches
  • One or two copper wire LED string lights
  • Four AA Batteries
  • One medium-sized clear glass bottle

 

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Step 1: Prepare the String Lights

Make sure that when purchasing string lights, the lights are small, as you’ll need a slender wire and bulbs to fit through the top of the glass bottle (so don’t go digging through your Christmas lights because those unfortunately won’t work – but kudos for wanting to recycle). You can find various types of string lights at your local arts and crafts store, but I found these at my local dollar store (which had a much less dramatic effect on the weight of my wallet)!

 

Once you have your boxes of string lights, remove the string lights from the packaging, and grab four AA batteries. (Most string lights come with a battery pack that requires two AA batteries, but it may vary depending on the type of lights that you buy.)

 

Remove the battery pack cover on each battery pack and insert the batteries as shown on the illustration inside of the battery pack. Put the covers back on and test the switches to make sure that the lights work on each set of strings. If you see a glow, then you’re all set!

 

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Step 2: Insert the String Lights into the Bottle

When putting together your plum blossom branches with lights, the lights come first. Take the first set of string lights and insert the end into the bottle opening. Gently lower the string into the vase so that it’s evenly distributed from top to bottom, while leaving enough slack for the battery pack to stand upright next to the base of the bottle.

 

Take the other set of string lights and insert them into the bottle so that both sets of lights are distributed as evenly as possible. Again, make sure that the battery pack isn’t hanging from the top of the vase, and is able to reach the table.

 

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Step 3: Insert the Plum Blossom Branches

This is where the essence of spring comes to life! Take all four of the plum blossom branches and gently insert them into the opening of the glass bottle (blossom side up). Once the ends of the branches are touching the bottom of the bottle, spread them out so that they support one another and are standing in an upright position inside of the bottle.

 

Once you’ve arranged your plum blossom flowers accordingly, it’s time to show off your work!

 

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Step 4: Display Your Luminary so You Can’t See the Battery Packs

Once you’ve chosen a spot for your plum blossom branch luminary, place it on the table or countertop with the battery packs facing the wall. Make sure that the battery packs are in an upright position and are flush against the back side of the vase, and voila! You’ve instantly brightened up your space with light and color, and spring is in the air!

 

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What other plum blossom branch ideas have caught your eye? Do you have access to real fruit branches with which you can decorate your home? Share your creative ideas with us in the comments below!

 

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Images used with permission, courtesy of Kelly O'Roark

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