The National Cherry Blossom Festival may be canceled, but there is still time to celebrate Japan’s great gift. Missed the peak bloom? That’s OK! You can still catch a glimpse of late bloomers for the next few days. You don’t have to leave your house to celebrate all things pink this spring. Read on for the best ways to celebrate Japan’s famous gift to Washington, DC this April. .
Watch Live from EarthCam
Keep your social distance and watch this year's flowers unfold from the comfort of your living room. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial features an interactive camera for 24 hour viewing. The location is ideal for prime viewing. Check out the EarthCam here.
Make Your Own Ice Cream
This is one cool idea (literally). You can make cherry blossom flavored ice cream with just a few handfuls of flowers! You'll need a little patience for the first step: blooms need to be salted for 3 days to remove the bitter aftertaste. Once your flowers are ready, it's time for some kitchen fun with some help from your pint-sized sous chef. For the recipe, head here.
Pop Up Something Pink
Just in time for the family movie marathon; this candy-coated popcorn has a sweet vanilla flavor, but its pink coloring makes kernels look a lot like cherry blossoms. You can enjoy this as a sweet treat or use it for a pop-tastic craft. Get the recipe here. And get ready to make some DIY cherry popcorn blossom trees (here) or use the popcorn like a stamp to create pretty flowers. The bottom of soda bottles and bubble wrap also works as picture-perfect stamps.
DIY Your Own Japanese Blooms
All you need is a stick, an egg carton and some pipe cleaners to make these winsome cherry blossoms. No pink paint on hand? No problem. Au natural looks fetching, too! For step-by-step instructions, head here.
Put Those TP Rolls to Good Use
When you've finished a roll of your stockpiled TP, don't toss the tube. The secret to this craft is to paint the cardboard before you cut them into slices. For detailed instructions, check out Crafts by Amanda.
—Meghan Yudes Meyers