My niece's first birthday is this coming Tuesday and I wanted to make something for her. I saw the cutest framed collage of paper butterflies on Meet The Dubiens here several months ago and thought it would be cute to try someday. It is now someday. I don't have a butterfly punch, but I do have a flower punch that I used to make a mobile for the same niece for Christmas.
Jill at Meet The Dubiens made hers by leaving the glass out of the frame, but I wanted mine to be enclosed for the sake of dust and sticky kid fingers. So I headed out to Joann Fabric's to hunt down a shadow box frame. When I was there, I also decided to look for an adhesive that would raise the flowers off the background a bit. I found both.
The cost to make it was $14.88. I used store coupons, so the frame was $12.49 and the adhesive foam squares were $2.39. I used paper and the punch I already had.
The hardest part of this project was deciding what paper to use. I went back and forth between pinks and primary colors. I had done the mobile in primaries, so I decided to go with that again.
Here's the goods:
The glass of wine is not mandatory for the project, but it does help.
I started by punching a bunch of flowers out using the paper I decided on. Once they were punched, I folded the petals up a bit.
I chose a piece of plain white paper for the background because I thought it would make the flowers stand out the best. I put that down on the table with the frame insert around it and placed the paper flowers on it to get the spacing I wanted.
Once I had everything the way I liked it, I put the sticky squares on the backs of the flowers and stuck them on to the paper background. I did the four corners first and worked my way in. I probably should have measured and marked precisely where each one should go, but I'm
Once I had all the flowers on, I reassembled the frame and hung it on the wall so I could stand back and make sure everything was even. I did end up making some adjustments, but all in all, the whole thing only took about 30 minutes.
Although I found it nearly impossible to get a good picture of it, it was especially hard to get a good picture of it hanging on the wall with the glare of the glass. So here's the finished product standing up around the house:
I'm linking up to Nifty Thrifty Sunday over at Nifty Thrifty Things and Feature Friday over at Spunky Junky.