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My aunt bought a circular butterfly mobile ages ago, and she has it hung up in her dry cleaning and alterations shop. She asked me if I could create a companion decoration like it for her shop's window. You see, the shop has a little nook with curtains hung in front of the windows and around that recess so that clients can try on their ill-fitting apparel for her to hem or fix. However, she wants something behind the plain curtains in front of the window to liven up her shop.

Aaand that's where I come in. :3

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Step 1: Materials

  • cardstock or other heavy-weight paper
  • scissors, Cricut machine -- anything that can cut
  • thread or fishing wire
  • sewing needle
  • seed beads
  • crochet hook and thread
  • wire clothes hangers and pliers OR skewers

Step 2: Cutting out butterflies

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I uploaded the file of butterfly shapes, so use those as templates for yourself and search up more images if you like. I used my Cricut Explore to cut out butterflies for me, but you could alternatively:

  • Print out a copy of each butterfly shape, trace several copies of each onto paper, and cut them out. Do that over the time of a few TV shows or movies (and might I suggest BBC's Sherlock? *wink*) to pass the time more quickly.
  • Buy a butterfly paper punch or two and use it to punch out lots and lots of butterflies.

Whatever method you end up using, feel free to cut out as many butterflies as you'll need. I just cut out about 100 with different sizes and colors and then cut out more when I needed them.

Step 3: Folding and curling

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Make the butterflies look more realistic by turning your 2D cutouts into 3D butterflies. Put butterflies in groups of 6 or less and gently fold them down the middle. Shuffle that stack a bit and then fold them down the middle again to make sure that none are more sharply folded than others. Then grasp a wing and curve it over a finger to create a little arch in the wing. Repeat those steps for all your butterflies.

jinnyccc11 months ago

so cute

watchmeflyy (author)  jinnyccc10 months ago

Thank you for your nice comment!

修子11 months ago
It's so beautiful
watchmeflyy (author)  修子11 months ago

Thank you!

blissful201511 months ago

very pretty!! don't you just love those cutters doing the work for us? =)

watchmeflyy (author)  blissful201511 months ago

Thank you! Haha indeed I do. No need to buy multiple hole punches when you have a machine to cut virtually any shape. ;)

jmyers111 months ago
This is so sweet. Made me think of doing a round version to hang high above my daughters bed.
watchmeflyy (author)  jmyers111 months ago

That's a good idea! If you do end up making that, I'd love to see pictures. ;)

BLR_RAVI11 months ago
very nicely made..look beautiful
watchmeflyy (author)  BLR_RAVI11 months ago

Thank you! ^^

lindarose9211 months ago

It looks so beautiful! I have to keep in mind the way you painted the white trim...I have a lot of white thread but I would have never come up with this idea to change its color! Love the shade :)

watchmeflyy (author)  lindarose9211 months ago

Thank you! I hope you use that technique in some future project; I'd love to see what ingenious project you'll make next time. ;)

DeandrasCrafts11 months ago

Coloring the white crochet edge with stamp ink is genius! I love it. Beautiful work.

watchmeflyy (author)  DeandrasCrafts11 months ago

Thank you so much for your nice comment!