Introduction: Homemade Butterfly Headpiece
This silly , imaginative yet elegant hat is so realistic that it will take you right into Wonderland ! Who says silly can't be elegant ? A butterfly hat is perfect for those days ,where you need an extra little puzzazz:) So unbelievably real, this hat will seem like butterflies are hovering just above you ! It's a must have in your closet ;)
This hat was inspired by the gorgeous Blue Morpho butterfly species and it can't get any realer than this.With a very intricate design, this will surely keep you on your toes wondering what kind if sorcery this is ?
Perfect for photoshoots, festivals, even weddings and just everyday wear if your really feel'n it !
What you need :
Printed out template of butterflies
Different shades of blue crayon or pencil crayons ( preferably Caran d'Ache )
Thin metal wire
Hot glue gun
Thread cutting scissors
Headband ( that matches your hair colour )
Fake leaf branch
Lets get started !
Step 1: Template
This is the template I used for the butterflies but feel free to use any kind you like :)
Print the template out, so many times, so that you have 12 butterflies in total, make more just incase. ( to adjust the size of the template drag the image on a google doc like I have done here.)
Step 2: Add Some Colour
Use some high quality crayons or pencil crayons !
Start with your darkest colour near the border of the wings
Step 3: Gradient
Use your medium blue colour to slowly blend towards the centre. DONT blend all the way to the centre !
Step 4: Gradient
Lastly, use your lightest colour or colour gently with your medium blue to finish the gradient. Touch up any spots with the medium blue.
Step 5: Done Colour !
Try experimenting with gradients towards the border or diagonal gradients !
Step 6: Cutting
After you are done colouring, use sharp scissors ( fabric cutting scissors ) to roughly cut out the general shape.
Cut them all out !
Step 7: Trimming
Use a small pair of thread snipping scissors to clean up the shape and use it for those hard-to-get areas .
Step 8: Folding
Gently fold them along the border of the body, to make them look realistic !
Step 9: Butterflies
Fix up the butterflies shape or colour until your satisfied :)
Step 10: Hat
Grab your headband and fake plants, put your butterflies to the side .
Step 11: Gluing
Arrange your fake leaf branch along the headband going in one direction ;) hot glue it into place .
Step 12: Butterflies
Put your headband to the side and collect your butterflies and your wire !
Step 13: Gluing
Start by hot gluing your small - medium butterflies at the very top of your wire !
Step 14: Gluing
Now arrange your bigger butterflies towards the bottom of the wire. DONT put more that 3 butterflies on one wire !
Step 15: Attach
Carefully wrap the wires around the headband TIGHTLY, as done here.
Try to place the butterflies in the same direction as the fake leaves, but more upwards.
Step 16: Tighten
Use pliers to tighten and mold the wires around the headband.
Step 17: Touch Up
Finally hot glue some extra butterflies on the leaves, into the bare spots.
Step 18: Enjoy ! ;)
Congratulations you have completed the Blue Morpho butterfly headpiece !
Have fun being creative with this awesome hat ;)
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