Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tutorial: Butterfly Wreath


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Hello my blog friends! I hope everyone is having a great week. I am enjoying having my little guys at home with me while I work. We have a new summer chores system going and it's making my life MUCH better :) I can hear my 7 year old vacuuming while I type! Beautiful :) I hope they keep it up all summer long...that's the trick, right?!

Do you need to dress up your door for summer? This darling butterfly wreath would look so cute on your front door! You could make the butterflies with bright colored paper and it would just pop off the door :)



I love today's project! I for sure need to make my own for my own door. Here are the step by step instructions and the butterfly template to make your own!


Blue Butterfly Wreath

SUPPLIES & TOOLS

·      DCWV ALL DRESSED UP STACK 12”X12” PRINTED STACK
·      DCWV BUTTERFLY TEMPLATE
·      GRAPEVINE WREATH
·      2 STRANDS OF SILVER GLITTER BEADS
·      2 STRANDS OF CLEAR BEADS
·      SILVER GLITTER
·      26 GAUGE SILVER AND BLUE BEADING WIRE
·      SCISSORS
·      BEADING PLIERS
·      ELECTRIC DRILL (*OPTIONAL)
·      PAPER CRAFTING ADHESIVE (INCLUDING HOT GLUE)
·      RULER
·      PENCIL


DIRECTIONS:

1.    PRINT AND CUT OUT THE DCWV BUTTERFLY TEMPLATE.  TRACE BOTH BUTTERFLY PIECES 16 TIMES EACH ONTO THE BACK OF YOUR DESIRED PRINTS.  CUT THESE OUT. 
2.    LAY THEM OUT IN SETS OF 2 IN FRONT OF YOU, GIVING YOU A TOTAL OF 16 SETS.  ADHERE THE CENTER OF EACH BUTTERFLY TOGETHER ON THE MAIN BODY ONLY.  *NOTE: DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF YOUR WREATH, LAY OUT YOUR BUTTERFLIES ON THE WREATH AT THIS POINT TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL HAVE ENOUGH.  IF NOT, CUT MORE AT THIS POINT. 
3.    TAKE OUT YOUR BEADING WIRE, BEAD STRANDS, AND PLIERS.   MEASURE 3 1/2" OF WIRE, THREAD 4-5 BEADS (CAN USE THE SAME COLORS OR ALTERNATING ONES) ONTO THE NEXT SECTION OF WIRE, AND ADD ON AN ADDITIONAL 3 1/2" BEFORE CUTTING THE WIRE AT THE END.  SET THE BEADS ON THE CENTER OF YOUR 1ST BUTTERFLY, WRAPPING THE WIRE ENDS AROUND TO THE BACK OF THE BUTTERFLY.  TWIST THESE 2 SECTIONS TOGETHER, TRIMMING THE EXCESS AND WRAPPING THE LOOSE ENDS INTO THE EXISTING SHAPE.  REPEAT THIS PROCESS FOR YOUR REMAINING BUTTERFLIES.
4.    BEFORE ADHERING THE BUTTERFLIES TO THE WREATH, ADD A SET OF ANTENNA ONTO EACH ONE.  TO DO THIS, CUT A 4 1/2” PIECE OF BLUE AND SILVER BEADING WIRE (TOTAL OF 2 PIECES).  ATTACH THEM TO THE BUTTERFLY (EITHER BEHIND THE BUTTERFLY OR TO THE TOP OF THE BEADED SECTION).  TWIST THESE PIECES TOGETHER, BENDING THE TOP INTO A SMALL LOOP WITH YOUR PLIERS WHEN YOU REACH THE END.  ADD A 2ND ANTENNA TO YOUR BUTTERFLY USING THE SAME METHOD.  REPEAT THIS PROCESS FOR THE REST OF THE BUTTERFLIES. *NOTE: TO ACCELERATE THIS PROCESS, USE THE END OF A POWER DRILL TO WRAP YOUR WIRES TOGETHER.  MAKE SURE TO USE IT ON LOW SPEED AND HOLD ONTO ONE END SO THAT IT WILL STAY IN ONE LINE.


Have a wonderful day! I will be back here on Friday with another great project idea :)

84 comments:

  1. This wreath is soooo pretty!! TFS

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  2. SO gorgeous!!!! Thanks for the template!

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  3. This is great and this one is totally doable for the home....not that giant paper decorated peacocks don't go in every home ;)

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  4. Just gorgeous! Love those shades of blue and green for this!

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  5. Wow! How beautiful! I love this!

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  6. Love this, they look so delicate!
    Gloria H

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  7. I am very impressed they are helping around the house-good for you! Love the butterfly wreath!

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  8. Beautiful wreath, love the colors!

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  9. I love these butterflies! And in blue they are gorgeous!

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  10. this is gorgeous, thanks for the template!!!

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  11. Oh, I love the color paper that was used and the silver glitter!

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  12. beautiful! Thanks for the template and the instructions :)

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  13. OH I love it Erin, so pretty.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  14. WOW!!! Love these Butterflies so much. Thanks for the template as I would love to make something like this. TFS

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  15. Love the butterfly wreath.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  16. very beautiful butterfly wreath and love the color. ~luanne

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  17. shared on fb
    http://www.facebook.com/luanne.pang/posts/142570799200476

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  18. shared on pinterest
    http://pinterest.com/pin/11962755230693510/

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  19. shared on twitter
    https://twitter.com/LuannePang/status/210510322644160512

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  20. THis is an amazing wreath. I love the butterflies. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  21. What a great way to dress up your door! Such bright and pretty butterflies.

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  22. Love the butterflies and the color is so soothing to the eyes. Great project!

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  23. Wow - this is gorgeous! I love butterflies and may just have to to this!

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  24. I don't comment often, but I've got to say that this made me laugh! How awesome to use the heavy-duty power tools in the craft arena, and making sweet butterflies at that??!! It makes what you all are doing seem wicked tough! "I'm getting displays ready for CHA - where's my table saw?" Love it! Dora :)

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  25. Beautiful butterfly wreath!

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  26. I love your butterfly wreath! So, so pretty! I think I will have to make one for my door too. And, maybe one for Mom. She would love it! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

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  27. love these beautiful butterflies...!! so gorgeous!

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  28. OMG this is so beautiful.

    StefanieH

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  29. Oh so adorable. Love this wreath and the butterflies are too cute.

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  30. Wow how Beautiful love the colors and the butterflies are my Favorite, I have butterflies around my house. thanks for sharing

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  31. I have shared on my facebook thanks for sharing ad for the chance to win.

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  32. I Tweeted thanks for sharing this Beautiful Wreath. and thanks for the chance to win.
    www.twitter.com/tupperlady4

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  33. I follow you on Pinterest thanks for sharing and for the chance to win
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  34. This wreath is so beautiful it would look gorgeous in a little girls room. I love the idea!

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  35. So pretty! I'm going to have to make a few as gifts. :-) Thanks for the idea!

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  36. Pinned it. :-) http://pinterest.com/pin/275493702175997817/

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  37. The wreath is absolutely gorgeous. Love it!

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  38. What a wonderful, colorful, and delightful wreath! Great work!

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  39. WOW! Those blue butterflies are gorgeous! I can totally see it in rainbow colors how adorable it would be.. thanks for the template!

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  40. Such a beautiful wreath- I love the bright colors of blue and the delicate look of the wreath.

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  41. http://pinterest.com/pin/179088522652675426/

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  42. This is so pretty!!! Thank you so much for the template.....

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  43. https://twitter.com/monkeyshak3/status/210688770448691200

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  44. Shared on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1424328887

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  45. This just screams "Summer" and is beautiful, too! I love it.
    kosec@sbcglobal.net

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  46. I put this site out there on Facebook so other can get these great ideas!

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  47. That is one beautiful wreath!

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  48. What a cute summer project! How did you know that butterflies in blue are my favorite??? Thanks so much for the tutorial.
    Hope you posted a checklist of chores for your little guys to remind them and give them the pleasure of checking off each task completed. They are such cuties!

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  49. Fantastic wreath! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  50. LOVING today's project!! Such a cute idea--guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!

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  51. I can't wait to be able to tell folks that mine is the house with the butterfly wreath on the door! I can SO do this in an afternoon!

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  52. Love the butterfly wreath! It looks simple enough to make too.

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  53. Oh my.... Absolutely stunning!

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  54. That looks absolutely gorgeous! I can imagine the time it took to cut out all of those butterflies.

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  55. Oh I love this. I might do one for a summer set of wreaths. oh and 4th of july.

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  56. BEAUTIFUL...I pinned this one!!! Thank you for sharing and for the gorgeous paper from your Company!
    Creative Wishes,
    Claire S.

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  57. I love butterflies--and those colors are gorgeous!

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  58. This project is beautiful! I love the deep blue color of the butterflies.

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  59. Wow! This is such a beautiful wreath!

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  60. Erin, this is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing such an awesome project!!

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  61. This is so beautiful, of course I am partial to blues and greens together. Whenever you make these kinds of projects I have to peer and peer at the papers to see if I can guess what stack it is from. I guess this one right. That All Dressed Up was a fun stack! (I say "saw" because I only have a sheet or two of it left).

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  62. So pretty and delicate!! Love it!

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  63. Really lovin the butterfly wreath!!! They just pop right out at you.

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  64. Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Gorgeous wreath!!! I love it! TFS

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  66. uh...wow. i could have used you in this round at gallery idol. your work is spectacular!!

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  67. This is sooo beautiful!! I am definitely making one for my door!!

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  68. I meant to add to my first comment (since I'm allowed 4 I'll do another one!) that I can't wait to get to J's and see all the new stacks!!!

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  69. I am excited about this wreath...love butterflies, one of my favorite things in the world...God made a beauty when he created butterflies with his fingers! :) TFS and giving the instructions and template...I am not a fan of blue so may try some other DCWV stacks that I have to see what I want to make...

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