Animal Crossing: New Horizons – How to get Cherry Blossom

With the 1st of April, your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be full of trees covered in gorgeous cherry blossom. It’s easily one of the prettiest times of the year.

It adds a seasonal element to the game, even if you’re not interested in Bunny Day, or haven’t updated the game to take part in that event. There’s still a reason to go and hunt down sakura petals.

We’ve got plenty of other walkthroughs and tips for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more on the way. Visit our game hub to check those out.


Isabelle’s DIY recipe giveaway

As you turn on Animal Crossing: New Horizons on 1st April, anyone with the Resident Services Building will have Isabelle greet them with the daily update. As part of that, she’ll comment about the time of year and all the cherry blossom, before pinging you a seasonal DIY recipe.

That recipe is for an outdoor picnic set, and requires 10 cherry blossom petals.

How to get cherry blossom petals

You’d think this would be easy, right? Any of the non-fruit bearing trees will turn to cherry blossom from 1st April, so surely you can just walk up to a tree covered in pink cherry blossom and pluck some petals or shake them loose.


You can only collect cherry blossom that is already loose and floating around your island on the wind. Like butterflies,   you’ll have to equip a net and swing at the blossom to catch the petal. You’ll have to be quick though, because cherry blossom will disappear after a short time.

Once you have 10 cherry blossom petals, you can simply head to a DIY workbench and craft that picnic set.

Cherry blossom DIY recipes

So far we know of the following cherry blossom recipes, which can be discovered from shooting down regular balloon presents and potentially from bottles on the beach or villagers.

  • Outdoor picnic set – 10 cherry blossom petals
  • Cherry-blossom wand – 3 cherry blossom petals, 3 star fragments
  • Cherry-blossom clock – 5 cherry blossom petals, 1 iron nugget
  • Cherry-blossom pouchette – 6 cherry blossom petals
  • Cherry-blossom umbrella – 7 cherry blossom petals
  • Cherry-blossom pond stone – 3 cherry blossom petals, 10 stone
  • Cherry-blossom-petal pile – 5 cherry blossom petals
  • Cherry-blossom bonsai – 6 cherry blossom petals, 2 hardwood, 3 weeds, 3 clay
  • Cherry-blossom branches – 8 cherry blossom petals, 4 tree branches 5 clay
  • Blossom-viewing lantern bonsai – 6 cherry blossom petals, 4 hardwood
  • Cherry-blossom-trees wall – 10 cherry blossom petals, 5 hardwood
  • Cherry-blossom flooring – 10 cherry blossom petals, 20 weeds
  • Sakura-wood wall – 5 cherry blossom petals, 10 wood
  • Sakura-wood flooring – 5 cherry blossom petals, 10 wood

We’ll update this page if we discover more.

This is just a tiny taste of seasonal events in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which are bigger than ever. Bunny Day (the series’ non-religious version of Easter) has been turned into an almost two week event, running from today, 1st April till Bunny Day itself on 12th April and inviting you to an egg collecting and crafting bonanza.

For more on that event and how to update the game to take part, visit our dedicated Bunny Day guide.

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