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DIY Tutorial: Butterfly Wreath


Thursday, April 21, 2011


I found this tutorial AND blog from my new favorite activity - StumbleUponTaylor of Mary Janes and Galoshes has the cutest stuff and I love her site (especially the blog header). Her Butterfly Wreath is perfect for the front door or as part of the baby shower decorations. The actual wreath is made out of paper lunch bags... Genius! Leave it as is or dress it up with a pretty ribbon or accessories -- like these butterflies. Thanks Taylor for sharing!

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From Taylor... With all of us covered in snow I thought we could all use a little reminder that spring is coming. I chose to finish this wreath with butterflies, but it would be really beautiful left plain and hung with a big satin ribbon, beautiful enough to use for a wedding!

You may be surprised to find out what it's made of- Brown paper lunch bags!

Materials:

6-8 brown lunch bags
Scallop circle punch (mine's 2.5 inches)
Foam wreath (dollar store)
Glue gun
unsharpened pencil
Colored paper and book pages for butterflies

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Leave your lunch bags folded up when you punch your circles, I punched 6 circles which gave me 18 circles per bag (if you leave the bag folded it punches 3 each time!). 
2. When you have a stack take your unsharpened pencil and press it into the center of a circle so the circle folds up like a flower. 
3. Put a dab of hot glue on the circle where the pencil makes a point and stick to your wreath form.
{This is the point where you could hang it with a satin ribbon and it would be beautiful, over the backs of chairs or down the isle of a church. Had I had a big green ribbon I may have stopped here, but I didn't so I looked for other options to dress it up. }
4. I decided on butterflies. Cut a bunch of butterflies out of the paper of your choice, use as many different papers as you like, fade from dark to light, do a rainbow, what ever suits your fancy. I chose blue cardstock and some old book pages.
5. You don't need this many, but that's what I started with. Bend your butterfly in half and apply hot glue to the underside of the belly, press onto wreath in what ever random way you choose. 
6. Start out by laying a few in your pattern, you can go back and fill in as you go. I chose to put my butterflies large to small going up one side.
7. Continue to place them until your happy. Stand back and admire.


Design & Photography: Taylor of Mary Janes and Galoshes

5 comments:

megan said...

I love this! So pretty!

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

It brings a smile to my face to see myself on Bump Smitten! I'm such a fan and delighted that your a fan in return :) Thanks for having me!

Taylor

1 Funky Woman said...

This is so darling! I have a million lunch sacks that have been taking up space! Yea, now I can put them to good use! I just might have to make them for friends for spring!

Megan

Rona Gregory said...

Gorgeous! And if you can't be bothered to cut out all those circles or if like me you don't have a punch then I guess brown coffee filters from the dollar store would work just as well??

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

This is so simple, but yet so very gorgeous. Fabulous project.