Monday, May 21, 2012

Inkling: stash busting butterfly wreath



I’m officially declaring it “stash busting” week over here at homework. I either have to start using up some of my existing supplies or start throwing things away.



And since I can’t bear to throw precious things away, I needed to come up with some projects to use up some of my supplies.



One item that I have an abundance of is security envelopes. I’ve mentioned before that I love the pretty patterns of the insides of these envelopes… but my box is overflowing.



I grabbed a stack and started punching out butterflies. I punched and punched until I had a large pile.



To make this wreath, I used a pool noodle as the wreath form. I’ve seen this trick over and over traveling through blogland and it works great. Pool noodles are everywhere right now so it’s a good time to stock up {I know, we’re supposed to be stash busting not stocking up on things... } Another trick is to use pipe insulation that you can buy at a home improvement store. Cut your pool noodle or foam pipe insulation to your desired length, form a circle and duct tape closed. An instant wreath form.



Once you have your wreath form, you may want to wrap it in paper, fabric or ribbon to cover up the bright pool noodle color. Mine was neon green and I covered it with white crepe paper. I used hot glue to adhere the butterflies.



Butterfly wreaths and garlands would be a great way to decorate on a budget for summer parties and weddings. Stay tuned for more stash busting this week…


Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn


30 comments :

  1. Very cute. But with automated payments, I never see those security envelopes anymore. Good that you had a stash of them.

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  2. Oh I like this a lot!!! I had no idea that there was such a great variety of security envelope patterns out there. I love how resourceful & clever you are! I love this stash busting idea too! Can't wait to see the rest of your projects!

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  3. Genius! I've never thought about envelopes in this way before. Now I have to go through my junk mail and see what I can find. Such a smart recycle~

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  4. That is so delicate and beautiful. Love the medium too!! It looks like art. Beautiful.

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  5. Very pretty. I definitely want to make this.

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  6. Pool noodle. Obviously! I hadn't seen that until now. I need to stash bust in a huge way too. Thanks for the nudge.

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  7. Beautiful! Great idea Carolyn!

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  8. How pretty! What a great way to destash!

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  9. Carolyn this is gorgeous! Whimsy and poetic and beautiful!!

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  10. Wow that really turned out beautifully! Thank you for sharing.

    Jessica @ www.prettyprovidence.com

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  11. Stop it!!! Amazing!!! Pinning, tweeting, shouting from the roof-tops, etc...

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  12. So clever!!! Its beautiful and I never would have guessed what it was made out of.

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  13. LOVE this darling wreath, and I love the paper you chose for it!

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  14. This is really pretty! Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

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  15. My husband thinks I am crazy for saving the security envelopes that come in the mail. I am usually very good about cutting them to lie flat and be ready to use. I use them differently from this, but can think of an application using your idea. Thanks for sharing and for proving to my husband I am not the only one who dopes this!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  16. wow, amazing Carolyn! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  17. They were selling these at homegoods for $20. the wreath was a floral wreath

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  18. Oh my word- so cute! I never would have thought to do this!
    xo Becca

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  19. Once again--love this project! Just wanted to let you know I featured it today on Sew Woodsy!

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  20. That's really cute! I love the patterns in security envelopes.

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  21. You're amazing -- that's all I gotta say.

    Pinning and posting on Facebook too.

    Jenn

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  22. You know I already love this... it is so beautiful.
    Thanks for joining in the party. We are all happy to have you =)

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  23. Very pretty pool noodle wreath! Summery and fresh. So glad you could join the party.

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  24. Wow, So creative!! The butterflies look like they are going to fly away at any minute. Beautiful job! :-)

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