Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Inspiration Board: butterfly specimen display

I haven’t done an inspiration board in awhile. But I thought it was definitely time to refresh my board with something different. There wasn’t a particular color that I had in mind so I decided to create something with a lot of color.

What could be more colorful than a variety of butterflies?

My board was inspired by real butterfly specimen displays. I found images of butterflies online and printed them out. I carefully cut around each butterfly and mounted them. To give the butterflies a more natural look, I bent the wings upward a little.

Each butterfly is so unique and beautiful.
Note: no butterflies were injured in the making of this display.

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  1. I really like this! I've always wanted a specimen board (we raise a variety of butterflies just because we love them and the miracle of it all) but I don't have the heart to kill them. This is a great solution. I think I might print the Latin number under them and maybe even stick them with a pin! I won't feel guilty at all.

  2. very pretty and a great idea! I do decoupage and have lots of stuff that would be suited to this idea.

  3. Ok, I'm not a bug lover, but this is very pretty!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  4. Love it. I have a thing for paper butterflies. So glad there was no suffering involved. :)

  5. Ooh I love butterfly specimen boards and especially when the butterflies aren't real! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  6. What a nice display of nature and art. My son and I had to catch and kill 50 insects for a
    Boy Scout patch many years ago and several people used those insects for other projects. they have since turned to dust. Fun while it lasted. Would you care to share the sites you found the butterflies on?

  7. Thank you everyone for your comments on my butterfly board.
    I don't have the links of the sites for the butterflies but I used Google Images and searched for "butterflies".

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