Showing posts with label butterflies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label butterflies. Show all posts

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…

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Etceteras: butterfly wreath

I love seeing all the butterflies flittering around our yard lately.

They don’t stop for very long so I decided the next best thing would be to bring them inside.

To make a butterfly wreath that you can enjoy year-round, you’ll need:
  • Wire or wire hanger
  • Organza ribbon
  • Paper or fabric leaves
  • Butterfly printouts
  • Glue gun

  1. Start by shaping your wire into a wreath form.
  2. I made a spiral shape with both ends open to give this wreath an airy and branch-like feel.
  3. Once you have your form, wrap organza ribbon around the wire and use hot glue to secure it every now and then.
  4. You can probably get the same “twig” effect using brown raffia or kraft paper.
  5. Add your leaves and other natural elements like bits of moss and pussy willow as I did.
  6. Print out some beautiful butterflies that are available online and glue to your wreath.

Beautiful butterflies that won’t flitter away.


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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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