Can you believe spring is ready to get started here? Every year as we turn the corner from February into March I want to decorate with all things spring - succulents, flowers, butterflies and more. When PaperMart reached out to me to ask if I wanted to work with them on a sponsored tutorial using their supplies I was immediately drawn to their collection of different butterflies. Combining the butterflies with the rustic feel of a pallet board makes the perfect farmhousey style spring decor.
A big thank you to PaperMart for sponsoring this tutorial. Be sure to check them out for craft, party and gift wrap supplies. In addition to these butterflies, I'm loving their washi tape, fairy lights,
- Scrap paper
- Large pallet board (mine is 24 x 24)
- 1 package 5 1/4" white monarch butterflies from PaperMart
- 2 packages 5 1/4" assorted monarch butterflies from PaperMart
- 3 packages 3 1/4" assorted monarch butterflies from PaperMart
- 1 package 1 1/2" orange monarch butterflies from PaperMart
- Hot glue gun and glue
- 12" x 12" sheet of white indoor vinyl
- 12" x 12" sheet of vinyl transfer tape
- Silhouette cameo or other craft cutter
- Free downloadable SVG cutting file (optional)
- Vinyl tool set - weeding hook, scraper, scissors, etc
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STEP 1: Make a templateTape two large pieces of scrap paper together and cut out a circle that is an appropriate size for the center of your butterfly circle. Mine is 10 3/4" across.
STEP 2: Prep butterfliesPrep butterflies by removing wires protruding from their bodies. Hold the butterfly's body securely and pull on the wires to pop them out without cutting. We are going to use all of the large white butterflies and tiny orange butterflies and just the blue butterflies from the assorted sets (this one and this one).
STEP 3: Arrange butterfliesPlace your circle template in the middle of your pallet board. Arrange butterflies around the outside of the circle, facing toward the center. First arrange the large white and blue butterflies closest to the center. Then add the smaller blue butterflies and additional white butterflies around the outside. Finally, add the tiny orange butterflies throughout. Once you are pleased with the arrangement, remove the template and secure the butterflies in place with hot glue
STEP 4: Vinyl TransferIf you are using a silhouette to cut your vinyl letters, you can get a head start by downloading my free SVG file here. If you have a different craft cutter, measure the circle of exposed wood and create the words you need in the appropriate size using your craft cutter's software. No craft cutter? Try this technique instead using your regular printer and a craft knife.
Once your design is cut out, use the vinyl tools to "weed" away the vinyl you won't be using on the board. Put a piece of vinyl transfer tape over the letters, rubbing to be sure the tape is firmly attached before peeling the tape and letters up from the vinyl backing.
STEP 5: HangOnce the butterflies and words are both attached to the board, you are ready to use it in your home! I hung mine on my wall using 3M picture and frame hanging strips.
From butterflies to twine, gift wrap, packaging and more, be sure to check out PaperMart to get your packaging and gift wrapping supplies for less.
About the Author:
Carissa is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of two e-books including the best-selling beverage cookbook, Infused: Recipes for Herb & Fruit Infused Water, Tea and More as well as the forthcoming hardcover cookbook (spring 2017), Beautiful Smoothie Bowls. You can also find her projects featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3 and Capper's Farmer. Her goal is to empower families to make easy projects and healthier choices that are beautiful and fun! Follow her on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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