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Monday, January 2, 2012

Butterfly Hanging

Once again I find myself re-creating something that I saw on Pinterest.  I love to take 15 minutes to pin lots of different ideas and then when I have time, go back to each pin and actually read the directions and decide if it's something that I want to try.

The original pin that I found was HERE.  She, as you can see if you read her post, found the inspiration from someone else.  I love how Pinterest allows us to "pay it forward" of sorts and pass on these awesome ideas.  I will admit that I picked up the Martha Stewart butterfly punch at JoAnn's after seeing this idea.  Hey, I had a coupon!

I started with a frame that I had purchased on clearance at Wal-Mart.  The photo mat had some strange saying on it and I guess they didn't sell well.  My first step was to take apart the frame and trash the mat.  I then cut a Cheerios box to fit the size of the frame.  Then I cut a piece of cardstock from a DCWV stack that I had on hand.  Now I have the backing for my project.

Next step, choose several papers from the same DCWV stack and start punching butterflies.  Once I had several punched out, I layed them out on the backing.  I messed around until I had them like I wanted.  I only glued down the body of the butterfly to give some dimension.  I used a ZIG glue pen for this.  I did not draw out a grid or anything, just eyeballed it.  I'm sure it's not perfect, but that's OK with me!

I decided to add a band of coordinating paper to the bottom and do her name in embroidery.  I didn't have any DMC floss in my craft room, so I picked up some serger thread and made it work.  I lightly penciled the name on the band and then sewed away.  I adhered that to the bottom with ATG.

Put the frame back together (minus the glass) and Voila!  You have a completed project. 

The colors aren't the greatest in these photos, but I think it turned out really well.

This photo shows the dimension of the butterflies.  I like how it turned out and am happy that I left the glass off.  I gave this to a special neighbor girl, whose dear Grandma recently passed away.  Grandma Mary loved butterflies, so I thought this was a fitting craft to try out and give to Katrina.


Annette said...

Lori, this is so pretty! I have been meaning to give this a try too. Thanks for the inspiration:)

~ Lori ~ said...

Thanks, Annette! I was really happy with it. I think I'll make another one for my daughter's room.

L.B. said...

Love the colors n this hanging

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Oh, my goodness! What a beautiful card! These little butterflies could help use up my stash of tiny pieces of paper! Great job!

Annette said...

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