Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tutorial: Beaded Butterflies


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Hello!! Thanks for stopping by the blog! Today is a quiet day in the office for me. And I may or may not be working in my jammies ;) Doesn't happen too often but when I don't have to leave my house other than to get a Diet Coke at the gas station, it's pretty tempting! I am working on a fun, spring home decor piece for the blog on Friday. It's turning out so cute! Can't wait to show you :) 

I am back today with another tutorial from our CHA booth. Remember this gorgeous tree covered in butterflies, beads & jewelry? 


There were some gorgeous beaded butterflies mixed into the tree. I think these would be so fun and easy to make and mix into your spring & Easter decorations. You could use any color paper and really customize them to your space. 



Beaded Butterflies

Supplies & Tools
·      DCWV BRIGHTS CARDSTOCK STACK
·      DCWV BUTTERFLY TEMPLATE
·      BLUE MOON BEADS: BLUE GLASS BEADS
·      PAPERCRAFTING ADHESIVE
·      CRAFT WIRE
·      BEAD PLIERS
·      SCISSORS
·      PENCIL

Directions

1.    PRINT AND CUT OUT THE BUTTERFLY TEMPLATE.  TRACE DESIRED SIZES ONTO YOUR CHOSEN SHADES OF CARDSTOCK AND CUT THEM OUT. *NOTE: FOR EVERY SMALL BUTTERFLY, YOU WILL NEED A LARGE ONE (AND VISE VERSA).
 
2.    ADHERE THE BODY OF ONE SMALL BUTTERFLY ONTO THE BODY OF A LARGER ONE; REPEAT UNTIL YOU’VE GLUED YOUR BUTTERFLIES TOGETHER. 

3.    STRING BEADS ONTO YOUR CRAFT WIRE AND ATTACH THEM TO THE BODY OF THE BUTTERFLY.  REPEAT UNTIL FINISHED.


I know the template doesn't include the intricate butterfly piece on the top layer. You could use a electronic cutting machine for that, use your Xacto knife to make your own pattern or simply just use a full wing piece on top. It is still a beautiful, creative element!

Have a wonderful day!!



66 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I think the colors are stunning. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. These are so pretty - I can see lots of ways to use them - package decorations, cards, an Easter tree... Thanks for sharing.

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  3. These are great! I've got a great butterfly shape on one of my Cricut cartridges, so it's even easier!

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  4. Wow...this so beautiful. The colors are wonderful and I love the butterflies all over the place. Thank so much for the tutorial.

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  5. I love when something so beautiful is really so simple to do. Thanks for the idea!

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  6. Gorgeous butterflies! I think I'd like to make my girls a mobile with these!

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  7. My granddaughter will love these on her curtains--and I will most likely keep a few myself ;)

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  8. These are beautiful! Sure to brighten any room. Thanks!

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  9. I can't wait to make these. Great tutorial and thanks so much for sharing.

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  10. They're gorgeous. The question is how many did you have at the show and how long did it take to cut them all? :)

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  11. Cool tutorial! Thanks for the template :)

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  12. These are so gorgeous Erin! I think I need to make a bunch and string them on fishing line to hang in my front bay window! Thanks for sharing this beautiful idea - this was my favorite tree from your CHA booth :)

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  13. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the template.

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  14. Beautiful butterflies-thanks for the template!

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  15. beautiful. thanks for the template.

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  16. Thank you for the tutorial... loved that display it was so eye catching. Can't wait to see what you are working on for Friday. Thank you for working hard I know I appreciate it. I love DCWV but I think it's cause you keep me so involved and always on the tip of my toes waiting for the next great thing. Happy Wednesday to you Erin!

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  17. Sharing on my FB... I am so amazed at the new stacks that I can't walk into Michaels without picking up another one.

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  18. Wow this is stunning. I can't believe how talented people are. Always amazes me.

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  19. Wow! those butteries are beautiful
    can't wait to use them.

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  20. Wow!!! That is one gorgeous tree!!! Thanks for the tutorial

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  21. The butterflies are gorgeous!

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  22. Love the beaded butterflies.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  23. Love this, butterflies are my favorite thanks for the how to!!
    Cindylu

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  24. Might have to try to make some butterflies. These are beautiful.

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  25. How beautiful!!! I would love these in my little girls room... oh the ideas are spinning! Thanks so much!
    Lisa

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  26. You've made my day, I have been waiting to try these butterflies. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial x

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  27. wonderful project for this snowy day here, they are beautiful, thanks for tutorial.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  28. Thanks for sharing! I love butterflies and will need to try to make these.

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  29. beautiful decor...!! Thanks for the butterfly template.

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  30. Wow, these are beautiful! Thanks for the template!

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  31. I truly loved that butterfly tree from CHA! It was spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing the butterfly pattern! I love butterflies. Lookingforward to seeing the project you're working on. Thanks again
    Jessica

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  32. Beautiful butterfly! Thanks for the pattern. If you want an intricate top piece for the butterfly, you could use different punches to make your own design for the top layer.

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  33. so love this project.........I have ann geddes butterflies in my bathroom downstairs but I want to enhance the walls around the pictures with these butterflies now that would be way fun to do and look incredible:) thanks for the idea:)

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  34. Oh the butterfly tree - one of my favorites from your booth at CHA! Thanks for the template!

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  35. Michaels in Ogden finally got their new DCWV stacks up so I was able to pick up the surf's up stack:) Looking forward to using it with the pictures I take of my hawaii trip in may:)

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  36. Wow how Cool is this Love love the Butterfly love all your papers I always use DCWV
    thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
    abbraddock@msn.com
    I shared

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  37. What a beautiful tree and butterflies! Thanks for the info and the chance to win!!

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  38. That tree is so gorgeous!!

    Leslie

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  39. Love the tree and the butterfly is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Angela
    gypsydreamdesigns.blogspot.com

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  40. That tree is amazing....and I know I will love making these....thank you so much for template...you guys are the best!!!

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  41. SO pretty!!! Gonna be trying these!

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  42. These are beautiful. I can see them as Spring or Summer decorations. They would also look great in my daughter's room hanging from her curtain rods.

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  43. super cute!!
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  44. When I saw the photos from the booth, I was totally blown away by these! I am STILL, even after seeing how it was done, in awe by the detail and time involved! Beautiful beyond words!

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  45. I love beads! And I love butterflies! And I really love them both TOGETHER! Thank you!

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  46. What beautiful butterflies... thank you for the pattern and template. I can't wait to make some for headbands and notebooks! So fun and so many uses for them.
    Penny
    barefoot at spyfbi dot com

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  47. So beautiful, I just love the colors and all the beads.

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  48. so pretty, thanks for the tutorial

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  49. I loved these trees and the butterfly tree was the best because I love butterflies! TFS

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  50. Love butterflies--thanks for the template.

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  51. Thanks . I have so many and cut atterns which I love but rally would love to be able to machine cut them and give my hand a break. Time would also be on my side.

    marg0006@verizon.net

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  52. I love these butterflys when you show them at CHA....thank you for the pattern.....

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  53. Thank you for the butterfly template and the tutorial!

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  54. Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I love those pretty beads!!

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  55. Thanks so so much love butterflies !!! Hugs Amy :)

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