April 25, 2020
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!
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.
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.
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.
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