Step 2: Create Template

Draw a Butterfly the size and shape you want to make on a piece of paper ( any type of paper will do). Add lines to define the patterns on the wings - this will be used in the next step.

If you can't draw a butterfly i am sure you could find lots of pictures online.

Cut out your paper butterfly. This will be your template

Cut the plastic bottle into squares roughly the size of your template

Place the paper butterfly template on the plastic square and cut the plastic to match the template

Repeat as many times as you want
now you have a bunch of plastic butterfly shapes
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where can you buy liquid lead to do this?
loved these....
That looks really elegant.
Love these!
Why do the butterflies in step 3 and 4 look so different? In step 3 the paint is very wiggly, and in step 4 it is straight like wire.
They were actually from 2 different projects. I didn't have pictures of all the different steps from the first time we made them. I wasn't planning to make an instructable the first time around. So i used photos from both times they were made just to help people visualize what is supposed to be going on. They are both the same but it just depends on speed, patience, and personal style preference to make the lines straight or wiggly.

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