butterfly picture tutorial

I made this cute butterfly picture for my baby nieces 1st birthday ... I am hoping it is something she can keep for years in her bedroom.

1. You Need
You need a box frame ... this one I got holds a picture just bigger than A4
some pretty papers, double sided tape, scissors, a butterfly shape, a pencil and a background sheet.
2. Butterflies
You will need lots of paper butterflies, so I made a stencil by printing out a butterfly that I liked.
and cutting it out
and then drawing it on the back of all the pretty papers ...
... and cutting them out. I cut out about 30.
I then folded the butterflies all slightly so their wings lifted up.
3. Laying them out
I had my nieces name printed onto a sheet of paper that I used for the background and then tried out different layouts for the butterflies to see which I preferred ...
once I had decided where the butterflies would be placed, I marked in pencil little dots (not sure you can easily see in this photo)
4. Sticking
I had to cut the double sided tape into thinner strips, but then stuck it on the back of each butterfly. 
I then started sticking them where the dots where.
until the page was covered ...
making sure that the patterns on the papers were randomly spaced out
5. Framing
I then put it in the box frame 
and I love it ... am so pleased with how it has turned out :)
I would love to see any 3d pictures you make ... hearts would look lovely too

Comments

  1. Baban Cat said ...

    Thanks for sharing. I've seen similar made with hearts but I really like the butterflies. These are very pretty. You have so much patience!

    Cat

    9th Sept 2011

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  2. missielizzie said ...

    What a gorgeous gift. i'm sure she'll treasure it forever. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm going to give it a go. Any hints on finding reasonably priced box frames?

    9th Sept 2011

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  3. aww, thank you guys :D
    I got this one from the art/stationary shop in town over the summer ... it was £12 so not that cheap ... but then the following week I managed to get some at a car boot for 50p each!! ( http://dotty-maria.blogspot.com/2011/08/magpie-monday_08.html ) but I think you saw them ... I will have a think and let you know if I find any :D
    Maria xx

    9th Sept 2011

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    1. just found some simple ones from Panduro Hobby ... http://www.pandurohobby.co.uk/pan/IboxServlet?QRY=frame&p=IXS750&m=1 ... plain, but a good price :D

      9th Sept 2011

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