Note: no butterflies were harmed in the making of this project!
As a rule I don't buy gifts. There are a few vintage exceptions, but
most gifts from this house are handmade. When I was visiting friends in Milwaukee I stumbled upon a gift I made for them two years ago for their wedding. I thought you would appreciate it, so I shot a few photos. (It was tricky to photograph with all of those reflections, but I think you get the idea.) The butterflies pop up off of the fabric and leave sweet little shadows beneath their wings.
The project was made with an old Nikki McClure calendar. We love Nikki's papercuts and have her work all over our house. I can never bear to recycle the calenders because her work is so gorgeous. This project was the perfect way to repurpose one calendar.
Want to make your own? Here is how it was done:
1. Gather your supplies:
- Junk mail, old calendar, letters, or photographs
- Big hole punch (butterfly or other graphic shape)
- 3-D sticky dots
- Shadow box
- Fabric for background
- Tacky glue
2. Neatly and tightly wrap back of frame in fabric and secure into place with tacky glue. Allow to dry.
3. Select and punch images suitable for the size of your hole punch. Punch out a few more than you'll need.
4. Lay out your images on the now dry fabric-wrapped frame backing. When you are pleased with the arrangement, grab your sticky dots. Cut down if necessary (I cut each dot into 3 pieces) and affix dots to back of your butterflies.
5. Firmly press into place.
6. Check for dust or errant hairs, clean the glass, and assemble your frame.
With a little guidance, this project is simple enough for kids and elegant if done by a grown-up. Easy, beautiful, green, and butterfly approved.