Tuesday, March 15, 2011

butterfly craft project

I have recently been going through some serious craft withdraws... I knew it was imperative to my health and well-being to do something crafty this past weekend... anything with scissors and adhesive would do.

Soooo... I thought about this project. And how I mentioned something about trying this same craft with butterflies for spring. Perfect. Crafting withdraws gone.

This craft project is SO easy... definitely one you can start and finish all in one sitting (which I'm a huge fan of).

All you need is some fun scrap paper, a roll of adhesive, a frame (glass optional), a mat to fit your frame, some 3D dots (optional), and a butterfly paper punch, of course. I found my butterfly punch on sale at Target. I snatched the last one up, lest any other crazy butterfly crafters beat me to it.

First... punch out dozens of little butterflies. Just punch, punch, punch to your hearts content. I used scraps from 3 different colors of paper. I mapped out where my butterflies would go before I started gluing them down. (And let me just say, it took everything inside of my OCD body to NOT put the butterflies in a pattern... seriously... everything.) Once I had a general idea of where my butterflies would go, I just started adhering them down, one by one.

Then I decided that I wanted to add a little text to my project this time. I used pencil first, then went over it in pen (don't worry, I eventually went back and erased my pencil markings). My text reads, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation." This is a favorite verse of mine from 2 Corinthians 5:17... and always comes to mind when I think about butterflies and their beautiful transformation.

Here's the final look. I knew I wanted to have one butterfly be a little different (like I did with the hearts the last time I did this project). I used a colorful polka-dot patterned paper for this little guy. I gently folded it in half to give it that 3D look. I adhered the folded butterfly on top of a solid butterfly, then used a 3D dot to adhere the whole thing to my paper.

I love how this turned out. It's simple and understated... and looks fabulous on my craft wall... but more on this another day.

Linking this project up to:


The Tales from the Fairy Dust said...

I may or may note be obsessed with you. Please don't take me for a SWF. I just have a girl crush. kthanksloveyou! I love your little craftiness!

Falling From Trees said...

i had no idea you were a fan of stamps.

Caroline said...

This is so creative. I love it!

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Sensible Redesign said...

I know how that craft withdrawal is, it hits like a brick wall and you have to DO something. I love your Butterflies especially the 3D one, its the unexpected. The verse is very nice as well, kudos for doing it free hand I would not be able to do that.

Julia said...

Love this- so simple and beautiful.

Lauren said...

This is so beautiful. I wish I had handwriting like yours!!! BTW, I left a little something for you on my blog. :) I did a little research, and it looks like you're a repeat offender of being wonderful!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

This turned out so cute!! Love it!
I would love for you to link up to my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

Jen said...

It is beautiful! I love the writing on the side, a perfect touch! and I love your craft wall. I really need something like that! thanks for sharing this at Fantastic Friday, I hope that you will stop by again this week!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Thank you so much again for stopping by and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
I hope to see you again tomorrow!