Things You'll Need
- 2 to 3 rolls of crepe
- Measuring tape
- Clear office tape, 3/4 inch wide
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Natural willow branches
- Large glass vase or other container
Wisteria trees produce lovely light purple blooms in the spring. Recreate the blooms year round by making your own tree using crepe paper and store-bought branches. The crepe paper tree is a pretty way to decorate for a wedding or other party. Another option is to use the paper tree to decorate your living room or bedroom. Use many branches and strips of crepe paper to make a large, full tree or make a smaller version with less paper.
Cut the crepe paper into strips that measure between 2 and 3 feet long. The longer strips will attach to the upper part of the branches. Cut about 10 strips per branch.
Lay one strip flat on a table or other surface. Measure 2 inches from one end of the strip and pinch at that point. Gently twist the paper to make it more narrow at the 2 inch point. Secure with a small piece of tape.
Measure 2 inches away from the first twisted area and pinch and twist again. Continue to pinch and twist along the length of the strip to form little wisteria buds along the crepe paper. Be extremely gentle, as crepe paper is thin and tears very easily.
Repeat with the remaining strips of crepe paper, then pinch and twist the top of each strip of paper.
Cut as many 4-inch lengths of floral wire as strips of crepe paper. Twist half of each length around the twisted top of each strip of paper.
Attach the strips of crepe paper to the branches by wrapping the remaining half of the wire around the branches. Space the strips about 3 inches apart. Arrange them so that each branch looks full. Remember to attach the longer strips at the top of the branch and the shorter strips towards the middle.
Gather the branches and place the ends in a large vase or container to display your wisteria tree.
Based in Pennsylvania, Emily Weller has been writing professionally since 2007, when she began writing theater reviews Off-Off Broadway productions. Since then, she has written for TheNest, ModernMom and Rhode Island Home and Design magazine, among others. Weller attended CUNY/Brooklyn college and Temple University.