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I’ve seen these crafty butterfly art collages done on a number of different sites and I just had to try the project with my super crafty girls.
1. Collect your butterfly art materials
What you’ll need:
A piece of canvas (any size)
I’m not gonna fool ya…I didn’t have any of those items. I’m also not a bargain shopper. I paid full price (those butterfly die cuts are expensive!) and spent about $40 total for each of my daughters. I reminded myself that this was about them getting creative and putting work into something they could be proud of, but I hoped the result was going to be worth hanging on the wall!
2. Paint your butterfly art canvas
The girls loved painting on an actual canvas! They didn’t paint the edges of because I thought it might get too messy. In retrospect, the ones that are painted all around sure are pretty.
3. Cut your butterflies.
4. Glue your butterflies.
We got busy gluing them every which way on the canvases. We bent the butterflies slightly in half so that their wings look like they’re lifting off the canvas and then dabbed a bit of Elmer’s glue on their bodies.
The end product…two beautiful pieces of butterfly art. Two proud daughters. And one messy kitchen.
Was it worth the 40 bucks?
Absolutely. (but I bet you could find ways to save on this).
It also made me want to go see if I could find die cuts for a boy…like cars or dinosaurs or bumblebees. I bet my little guy would love to have a turn at this.
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Raquel Hunter says
Yet another great DIY project!!
Here’s how to do it cheaper: make a mock canvas from a recycled box. You cover the box, like a shoe box lid, cereal box or snack bar box with regular drawing/computer paper then paint. The little butterfly cut outs can be had at most scrapbook supply stores.
My idea will result in more of a mini canvas, but you could make a set and hang them together. See my Comment Luv link to see how we made a mock canvas from a water color my kid did in preschool. Turned out pretty cool.
Very pretty! Makes me wish either that I had a little girl or that my son actually participated in crafts!
I did this craft with my daughter a while ago — here’ s the post: http://leahsthoughts.com/2011/06/21/getting-creative-butterfly-wall-art/ . But I LOVE how you painted the background pink. My daughter would love doing that!
Megan (Best of Fates) says
Those are beautiful… but I can’t help thinking that maybe they’d be a bit more classy if instead of butterflies, dinosaurs were used.
Something to think about.
Absolutely love this!! What a great idea! I know this is probably a silly question that I should know the answer to, but where did you find the butterfly cut-outs??
Ps. Happy SITS Day!
Marie Cole says
Ohhh those are sooo pretty.
Dannie (A Dose of Dannie) says
That’s really beautiful and i will try it this weekend 🙂 x
love this! where did you find the butterflies?
These are beautiful! I think I will try sailboats with my nephew!
TC Avey says
Good idea with the sailboats! Can’t wait to try it!
Maria C says
How very cute! And it couldn’t possibly be more girly – all that pink and all those butterflies. Would love to try something like this with bees.