Saturday, July 31, 2010

Baby Shower Week: Butterfly Collage

If you're just tuning in, it's baby shower week around here. Four of my friends are adding another bundle of joy to their lives and I wanted to make something special for each of them. This yellow and pink butterfly collage will be the centerpiece at a baby shower I'm throwing in two weeks. I also recently made a pink and brown version for one of my sweet friends and her BEAUTIFUL baby girl (Hi, Jill!).

I started with an average matted 11x14 frame I found on sale. I had plans to paint the wooden backing of the frame to create the backdrop, line it with card stock or even fabric, but I kid you not, all I did was flip over the paper that came with the frame. The backside ended up being a beautiful glossy white paper that looked prettier than anything I had on hand. Plus, it made adjusting the butterflies a little easier since it was didn't tear every time I moved one.
Do remember to tape down the edges of your paper to the wooden backing. It will slide all over the place on you, and it gives it a little more reinforcement to handle the weight of the butterflies.

To hold the butterflies in place, I used foam squares that I cut into fourths. Their thickness added a lot of "oomph" to the project.

Using my butterfly punch (The Martha Stewart brand punch made this a cinch!) I cut out coordinating scrapbook paper we had on hand. This collage will go to a friend whose nursery is pastel yellows, pinks and creams so that was my main focus when choosing papers. I threw in two or three that included a light green as well to give the overall look a little extra punch.

Fold the wings out, using your fingernail to create a crease.
Then place a quartered foam square, sticky-side down onto the butterfly. Once you decide on positioning, peel off the backing and lightly set it in place. I recommend not pressing down until you're completely finished. I was surprised how many times I had to readjust my lines.
See the difference the foam and wing creases make?!
Finished product!

Have you seen Amy's butterfly collage yet? It's stunning!!

**I've had a lot of questions (including one text message, haha!) asking if the butterflies were under glass. Nope, no glass. The butterflies are too "3D" and will not fit. But now I have a free sheet of glass set aside for another project someday! :) **

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  1. We hung the butterfly collage up last night and it looks great in Joslin's room! Thanks again!


  2. That is SO beautiful! I just LOVE that idea!

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  3. That is very cute. Would look cute with different shapes as well. Thanks for the comment on my closet!

  4. I love these butterflies. I think I'm going to put some on the chalkboard I just made. It needs a little something. Thank for the tutorial.

    BTW, thanks for noticing the Ball jar lamp. I actually made it myself. You can check it out here.

  5. Yours turned out great! Aren't they so easy but adorable? What a fun a idea for a shower gift! Thanks for the link! I really appreciate it!

  6. Beautiful work, i love the colours you've used.
    Found you on Get your craft on!

  7. LOVE it!!!

    Something like this would be perfect in my daughter's room.

  8. That is so cute and delicately beautiful.

  9. So simple, so cute, and perfect for a nursery. I love this idea. Great instructions, I think even I could do it. Thank so much for sharing.

  10. Hopping by, by way of Black Kats Design blog party. Your project was a real stand-out! Simple, sweet and beautiful! I'm inspired. Consider me your newest follower and fan! Jenn/Rook No. 17

  11. I did end up doing something like this for my daughter's room. Thought you'd like to see it:


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