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Cherry Blossom Petals DIY Recipe List: How To Get & Season Dates

Cherry Blossom Petals are a special spring seasonal crafting material in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH)! Learn how to get Cherry Blossom Petals and all of the beautiful pink items you can craft with them in this guide.

How to Get Cherry Blossom Petals

To get Cherry Blossom Petals in Animal Crossing: New Horizons naturally, you’ll need to be playing during April 1st to April 10th in the Northern Hemisphere or October 1st to October 10th in the Southern Hemisphere when Cherry Blossoms are in bloom on your fruitless trees.

You can also find Young Spring Bamboo materials and items at the same time!

During this time, when Cherry Blossom trees are in bloom on your island, you can get Cherry Blossom Petals by searching for pink petals falling from the sky. It’s random when and where these petals will fall on your island, so be sure to always be on the look out for one!

When you do spot a Cherry Blossom Petal falling in the air, simply equip your  Net tool and try catching the pink petal in the same way that you catch bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! They can be a little trickier to catch than bugs though with how they fall in the air, so it could take some practice to master.

From our experience, finding Cherry Blossom Petals in the air is neither particularly common or rare. However, given that you only have a very limited period of time for a week and a half to collect them, we suggest catching most petals you see.

We’ve also observed that they seem to be less common at night sometimes, so it might be worth focusing your hunting during the daytime.

Cherry Blossom Petal Sell Price at Nook’s Cranny

Cherry Blossom Petals can be sold for 200 Bells to Timmy & Tommy at Nook’s Cranny. This isn’t much, but if you already crafted all of the Cherry Blossom items already, it’s worth consideration.

Cherry Blossom Petals DIY Crafting Recipes List

There are 14 different pink Cherry Blossom themed items you can exclusively craft with Cherry Blossom Petal seasonal materials in Animal Crossing: New Horizons including furniture, tools, accessories, and more listed below.

You can unlock these DIY Crafting Recipes by shooting down flying Balloon Presents during Cherry Blossom Season from April 1st to April 10th in the Northern Hemisphere or October 1st to October 10th in the Southern Hemisphere.

For veteran players, these are the same recipes available last year. There are no new recipes specifically for 2021.

Blossom-Viewing Lantern

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Blossom-Viewing Lantern by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Blossom-Viewing Lantern using the following materials:

  • 6 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 4 Hardwood

Cherry-Blossom Bonsai

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Bonsai by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Bonsai using the following materials:

  • 6 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 2 Hardwood
  • 3 Clump Of Weeds
  • 3 Clay

Cherry-Blossom Branches

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Branches by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Branches using the following materials:

  • 8 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 4 Tree Branch
  • 5 Clay

Cherry-Blossom Clock

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Clock by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Clock using the following materials:

  • 5 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 1 Iron Nugget

Cherry-Blossom Flooring

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Flooring by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Flooring using the following materials:

  • 10 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 20 Clump Of Weeds

Cherry-Blossom Pochette

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Pochette by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Pochette using the following materials:

  • 6 Cherry-Blossom Petal

Cherry-Blossom Pond Stone

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Pond Stone by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Pond Stone using the following materials:

  • 10 Stone
  • 3 Cherry-Blossom Petal

Cherry-Blossom Umbrella

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Umbrella by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Umbrella using the following materials:

  • 7 Cherry-Blossom Petal

Cherry-Blossom Wand

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom Wand by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom Wand using the following materials:

  • 3 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 3 Star Fragment

Cherry-Blossom-Petal Pile

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom-Petal Pile by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom-Petal Pile using the following materials:

  • 5 Cherry-Blossom Petal

Cherry-Blossom-Trees Wall

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Cherry-Blossom-Trees Wall by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Cherry-Blossom-Trees Wall using the following materials:

  • 10 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 5 Hardwood

Outdoor Picnic Set

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Outdoor Picnic Set by shooting down balloons in the sky, or from Isabelle’s morning announcements, during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Outdoor Picnic Set using the following materials:

  • 10 Cherry-Blossom Petal

Sakura-Wood Flooring

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Sakura-Wood Flooring by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Sakura-Wood Flooring using the following materials:

  • 5 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 10 Wood

Sakura-Wood Wall

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Unlock the DIY Crafting Recipe for Sakura-Wood Wall by shooting down balloons in the sky during Cherry Blossom Season.

Craft the Sakura-Wood Wall using the following materials:

  • 5 Cherry-Blossom Petal
  • 10 Wood

How to Get & Learn Cherry Blossom Petal DIY Recipes

There are two ways you can find and get new Cherry Blossom Petal DIY Crafting Recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but unfortunately it’s mostly dependent on luck taking time and patience.

Morning Isabelle Announcement

Near the beginning of the Cherry Blossom Season, you should hear from Isabelle in the morning announcements about the new seasonal crafting material and recipes. If you haven’t already learned the Outdoor Picnic Set DIY crafting recipe, she’ll send it to your NookPhone during the announcements.

There’s been a lot of confusion in the community about when or how this morning announcement from Isabelle occurs, but from our knowledge so far, it can only happen when you have no other notable announcements.

In other words, the game seems to use the Cherry Blossom recipe announcement as a filler item of sorts when there’s nothing else for Isabelle to talk about! So whenever you do have no villagers moving in, buildings opening, or other notable events, you should get the announcement.

Flying Balloon Presents

During the Cherry Blossom season, all Balloon Presents (excluding Egg Balloons during Bunny Day) flying in the sky over your island have a chance of dropping one of 14 different Cherry Blossom Petal DIY Crafting recipes! Just pull out a Slingshot and shoot away when you see one.

Unfortunately, there’s no concrete way to control exactly what you’ll get from balloon presents, so you’ll need to just keep shooting them down until you get lucky. Duplicate crafting recipes are easily possible too and should be expected, so we recommend trying to make trades with friends to complete the collection faster. You may be able to sell any duplicates for a hefty amount online too.

We do have some general tips for how you can most effectively hunt and farm balloon presents though by taking advantage of a few specific mechanics. And for the laziest farming method, check out our Farm DIY Recipe Balloons Easy Using Jail Bars Wall Trick guide here!

New Balloons can spawn every 5 minutes at times ending in a ‘4’ or ‘9’. For example, a balloon could appear at 4:19pm or 4:24pm. By the time it actually reaches your beach though, the time will likely be closer to 4:20pm or 4:45pm.

A Balloon won’t always spawn on these minutes — it’s a random chance as to whether one will actually appear every time. Expect some spawn times to be duds with nothing to see.

The wind direction that Balloons fly in from changes throughout the day. Once you spot the direction that one Balloon flies into your island from, you can expect all Balloons to come from that side for quite some time. Then around 6pm-7pm in the evening, the direction will flip to the opposite.

Walk up and down your beach around spawn time. Now that you have an idea of the current wind direction and when Balloons can spawn, it’s possible to find them with relative ease by pacing up and down the side of your beach where the wind is blowing from when it’s near the possible spawn times ending in ‘4’ and ‘9’.

Turn up your volume and listen carefully. When a Balloon is flying nearby you, a relatively obvious wind sound plays to let you know. This is great when multitasking.

What About Bottles & Villagers Crafting?

Contrary to popular belief, these special seasonal crafting recipes are exclusive to dropping from flying balloon presents in the sky. Your villagers crafting in their homes and message in a bottles appearing on your beach draw from a separate pool of DIY recipes.


Thanks to Merchant Willow, Christina, and neno for contributing photos to this guide.

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