**No butterflies were harmed in the creation of this project!**
Any Summer evening sit quietly on your porch, your deck or in your back yard and watch the beauty of nature unfold around you. One of the most beautiful creatures fluttering by is the magnificent butterfly. Small or large, their wings are individual bits of artwork that brighten our world. The question is, how do you capture this beauty and bring it indoors to enjoy all year round?
After finding some really beautiful (and realistic!) butterfly stickers at the craft store, and seeing some similar wall art with butterflies, we were inspired to create this unique piece that would look great in any room.
Start by gathering your supplies. We started with one pack of the beautiful butterflies you see pictured here. You will need a shadow box frame which is one that provides space between the backing board of the frame and the glass. This allows space for your butterflies and gives them a more 3 dimensional look. These frames are readily available at craft or framing stores and can often be found on our shelves at Impact Thrift!
You will need some type of background material such as scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper or fabric. We used a cotton fabric printed to look like birch bark. You will also need scissors, a craft glue and either spray adhesive or a glue stick. If you use fabric for your background, you will need a wide tape such as masking tape or duct tape.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Remove the cardboard backing from the frame. Use this backing as a template and trace around the outside edge onto your background material. If you are using fabric, add one inch all around. If you are using paper, cut the same size as backing. Cut paper or fabric but don’t worry about getting the edges perfect, once it’s back in the frame the edge won’t show.
Step 2: Using spray adhesive or a glue stick, attach the background paper or fabric to the cardboard backing, smoothing out as you go. Paper background will fit to the edge of your backing. If you are using fabric, fold it neatly around the outer edge and adhere to the back of the cardboard with additional glue, using the wide tape on the back to hold the fabric in place.
Step 3: Leaving the backing on the stickers, cut around each butterfly. If you printed butterflies images from your computer, carefully cut around each. Place them on the background until you achieve the look you want.
Step 4: If using stickers, peel the backing from your butterfly stickers and carefully press them in place. If you used fabric for the background, dab a small amount of glue on the back of each sticker after removing the backing, following your layout. If using printed butterflies, carefully trim the butterfly and dab with a small amount of glue. Continue with each sticker one at a time.
Step 5: Lay flat until the glue is dry.
Step 6: Put the backing back in the frame, hang and enjoy!