Monday, August 24, 2009

The Butterfly Project and Tutorial

Last Thursday I told you about Holocaust Museum Houston’s effort to collect 1.5 million handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies in remembrance of all the children who died in the holocaust. The butterflies will form an exhibition scheduled for 2012 in remembrance of all the children who died in the holocaust.


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My paper butterfly project is finished and ready to send to the museum. I used scrapbook materials to make a layered butterfly to give it dimension and a sense that its wings are moving. The finished size is 4½-inches wide by 3½ inches.

If you’d like to participate in the museum’s effort to remember the little ones lost in the holocaust, you can find more information here.

Paper Butterfly Tutorial

You can access a printer-friendly PDF version of my tutorial (includes the butterfly shape templates) here or in my side bar.

Supplies

  • 1 piece double-sided printed cardstock (I used American Crafts’ Spring & Summer English Garden #34457, one side a butterfly print design, the other side solid)
  • 1 piece of chip board or a pre-cut chip board butterfly shape
  • Scissors
  • Butterfly paper punch
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Mod Podge
  • Small disposable foam paintbrush
  • Small foam sticky squares
  • Butterfly template, click on the picture below to enlarge and print:

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Directions

Step 1: From your double-sided scrapbook paper, cut out 3 large butterflies and 1 small butterfly (total of 4 butterfly shapes). Cut 1 large butterfly from the chip board.


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Step 2: Using Mod Podge, adhere one large butterfly cardstock piece to one side of the chip board. Flip the chip board butterfly over and adhere the reverse side of your cardstock piece so you have one side with the print design and the other with the solid. See following 3 pictures. When done, set aside this piece for now.


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Step 3: Adhere the small butterfly to the third large butterfly shape using Mod Podge to make your winged layer.


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Step 4: Punch butterfly shapes around the outer edge of the butterfly.


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Step 5: Find the center of the winged butterfly layer and run bone holder from one end to the other.


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Step 6: Gently bend the wings of your butterfly up along the creased line.


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Step 7: Cut the small foam sticky squares in half. You only need 3 small pieces.


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Step 8: Attach the foam squares to the print design sign of you winged butterfly layer.


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Step 9: Center the winged layer over the base butterfly layer. Gently press to adhere. You’re done.


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Please do not use my tutorial to make items for commercial sale.

9 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Very pretty June! Thanks for the template too!

Mrs. Staggs said...

Hi June,

Your butterfly turned out wonderful, and I appreciate the time that you took to create your thoughtful tutorial, very much.

Thank you!

Jennifer said...

Cool effort, and lovely interpretation to add to the exhibition!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh thank you so much June, we will make a butterfly xoxoxo Clarice

*kim* said...

found you through Daily DIY on One Pretty Thing. I was just looking at the Butterfly Project this week as a service learning project for my freshman community college students. I think this is such a great thing to do.

love your butterfly! :)

amybluestar said...

Yay! This is so delightful.

Lizzy said...

Very beautiful!

prabu said...

Choose the best color for this butterfly project here:

http://u3schools.com/tutorial/html/html_css_colors.jsp

Thank u

Rachel said...

Hi, just found blog thru Mod Podge Rocks. Love this project! I'm doing an online "collection" of butterflies and butterfly project for my site www.thecozygreencocoon.com Was wondering if it would be alright if I posted a link and a pick of your project? Thanks (=