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Animal Crossing Cherry blossoms: How to find cherry blossom furniture recipes and catch cherry-blossom petals explained

Tips on finding the cherry blossom recipes in New Horizons.

It's cherry blossom season in Animal Crossing: New Horizons and that means it's time to collect the cherry blossom furniture set.

You can craft these sakura themed pieces of furniture by collecting the cherry blossom petals floating around your island.

The only problem is that you have to find the DIY recipes for these pieces of furniture first!

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Cherry blossom season dates in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Cherry blossom season is when the leaves of regular trees on your island in New Horizons bloom with pink flowers. Fruit, palm and cedar trees will all remain the same. It also happens to coincide with the Bunny Day celebrations.

The Cherry blossom season start date is on April 1st and the end date is April 10th.

You'll be able to find DIY recipes for the cherry blossom set and cherry-blossom petals will float around your island throughout this time period.

How to catch cherry blossom petals in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Once you've managed to find a cherry blossom DIY recipes, you're going to need to find the cherry blossom petals to craft it.

You'll easily be able to find cherry blossom petals floating around your island. Once you've found a petal, grab a hold of your Net and catch the petal just like it was a regular bug.

Use your Net to catch cherry blossom petals.

Be careful though - the cherry blossom petal will vanish if you miss it. Thankfully, more petals will already be floating around your island.

How to find cherry blossom DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Isabelle will begin cherry blossom season in New Horizons by giving you the DIY recipes for the Outdoor picnic set during her morning briefing. You'll find this recipe ready and waiting for you in the DIY Recipes app on your Nook Phone.

Finding the rest of the recipes, however, is up to you.

Cherry blossom DIY recipes will appear randomly in the balloons, which float across your island. No matter the colour of the balloon, as long as you safely shoot it down, then there's a chance that it will contain a cherry blossom DIY recipe.

Animal Crossing Cherry Blossom recipe list: How many are there?

There are, including the Outdoor picnic set, 14 cherry blossom DIY recipes for you to find in New Horizons, which are:

  • Blossom-viewing lantern
  • Cherry-blossom bonsai
  • Cherry-blossom branches
  • Cherry-blossom clock
  • Cherry-blossom flooring
  • Cherry-blossom petal pile
  • Cherry-blossom pochette
  • Cherry-blossom pond stone
  • Cherry-blossom umbrella
  • Cherry-blossom wall
  • Cherry-blossom wand
  • Outdoor picnic set
  • Sakura-wood flooring
  • Sakura-wood wall

The Animal Crossing 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise is here! We can help you with the new additions - including where to find Brewster, Gyroids, new villagers, ordinances, new fences, storage shed, new hairstyles, Froggy Chair, group stretching and Kapp'n boat tours. Cooking is now unlockable, so you need to know how to make both flour and sugar, as well as how to grow carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. Meanwhile, if you're new to Animal Crossing, our New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with. One long term goal is building your Happy Home Academy score. Finally, you need tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to fully explore.

Tips for finding cherry blossom DIY recipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Finding cherry blossom DIY recipes in New Horizons can be rather tricky, due to how they can only be found in balloons.

We've uncovered a number of tips that will help you collect these recipes (though it may still take you a while):

  • Depending on the wind, balloons will appear on either the west or east coast of your island. Balloon will never emerge from the north or south coast. This means that you can easily figure out which coast balloons are more likely to appear from and then patrol this beach, until the wind changes.
  • A new balloon is more likely to spawn during a minute that ends with a '4' or a '9'. For example, 1:44pm or 9:09am. Due to this you can leave your Nintendo Switch sitting, until you need to pick up the game for your balloon hunt.
  • Use headphones or have the volume set to max. You'll be able to hear a whistling sound whenever a balloon is flying near to you. This noise can be rather hard to hear, so it's a good idea to have your volume turned up.
Keep your eyes on the sky to find the balloons.
  • Point your camera at the sky. If you're planning on staying in one spot to wait for balloons, then it's a good idea to have your camera pointed at the sky. This will allow you to see any oncoming balloons. If you're moving around your island, then have the camera set so that you can still see the sky. You might just catch a glimpse of a balloon.
  • Bring multiple slingshots. You're going to be shooting down a lot of balloons and, trust me, I mean a lot. To save time running between the beach and the nearest DIY bench bring multiple slingshots for when the one you're using inevitably breaks.
  • Be careful where you shoot down the balloon! If you shoot the balloon down over water or onto rocks, then you'll lose the present. Always make sure you're shooting the present down onto nice, safe, flat land. Don't always trust the shadow for the balloon either; it may be on land, but the present could still be floating over water.

Good luck on your hunt for the cherry blossom DIY recipes!

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