Then I stopped by Lowe's and picked up a 2' x 4' piece of pine for ~$12. Once home, I used the table saw to cut it into my desired sizes.
Once cut, I used a sand paper block in a medium grade to soften up the rough edges.
Then I stained everthing a pretty dark walnut finish. Beautiful!
I searched for multiple pictures of cherry blossom branches and from there came up with my own design that I penciled onto the wood (no picture here- the pencil didn't show up). Then, I painted the design on with an interior latex paint. I did the branches first.
Then, I added the blossoms.
To finish it off, I painted on a clear protective glaze. I still need to attach hooks to the back to hang it on the wall, but that's it. I bought my paint and glaze in the mistint section, so I finished this entire project for less than $15. I can't wait to get it up on the wall!