April 25, 2020 2 min read

Hi everyone!  Today I’m here to share a quick and easy project that was requested by my daughter to decorate her room.  She is 14 and wants her room to be a sophisticated retreat.  What better decoration than a beautiful butterfly garland to hang on her window!  This is the perfect sophisticated decor for a teenager or it’s a great way to spruce up your mantle for spring!

Supplies Needed:

  • Die-cutting machine, punches, or scissors
  • Adhesive
  • twine

Papers Used:

 Butterfly Garland Paper Swatches

 

To start, you need to decide how to cut the butterflies.  I chose to use my Silhouette Cameo 3 but this would be easy to hand-cut using scissors.  Once you have decided how you are going to create your butterflies, you will need to decide how long you want your garland to be.  I created one that is about 5.5  feet long and took 13 butterflies.  For 13 butterflies I chose to cut double so that the garland would be double-sided.  This was a personal preference because it would be hanging in a window.  I wanted it to look good from both sides. As soon as I had the approximate number of butterflies I let my Silhouette do the work for me.

 

Butterfly Die Cut Pieces 

As soon as the butterflies were cut I started assembling my garland.  I left about 8 inches of twine available before starting with my butterflies.  This leaves enough space to be able to create a loop to hang the garland by.  Then I took 2 of the same color body pieces and sandwiched the twine in between using some liquid adhesive to secure it in place.  I moved along the garland leaving about  4-5 inches between each butterfly.  I left another 8 inches at the end of the garland for the final hanging loop.

 

Die Cut Butterfly Pieces 

Once I had the butterfly bodies adhered to the twine, I came back through and added the decorative part of the butterfly I had cut along with the bodies.  I used the Sirrio Ultra Black cardstock for this part.  This is the most amazingly black cardstock I have ever seen!  It’s just perfect for any project!  I again adhered one to each side, lining up the body portion of the butterfly to make sure they matched up correctly.  I left the wings of the butterfly free of adhesive to allow for some dimension to the project.  Once the glue was dry the garland was ready to hang!  I just tied some loops on each end and strung them up over her curtain rod.  She’s in love with it!  I had extra butterflies left over that she used to decorate her closet door.  It was a great project that we could do together that really added a touch of whimsy to her room.  

 

Die Cut Butterfly Garland


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Daisie

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