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
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
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
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.