Sunday, 16 March 2014

Butterflies for Mum


    With Mother's Day just a couple of weeks away here's an easy idea for a quick make that can be done with the children.
     I have die cut some butterflies using a Tim Holtz die but if you don't have a die cutter or a butterfly die then Tando chipboard butterflies are the easy solution. There are four of each of six different shapes in one pack.
     Stick one butterfly to another of the same shape with a small florist type wire in the middle, red double sided tape is great for this as it's very strong, it even works on metal shapes.
     Once you have stuck them together you can begin to decorate them. The chipboard one has glitter all over it in various shades of mauve and purple and the metal ones are a combination of using the outside of the can (I thought the words were pretty good for a butterfly) and colouring them with inks. The mottled one is done with alcohol inks but if you don't have those then use your alcohol markers, they work a treat and the children can do this easily.
     When die cutting a drink can I would not allow small children to do this bit but older ones under supervision are fine. The edges of the die cut shape are rounded over slightly when cutting so they're not too sharp but be careful with the offcuts.
     Being on fine wire these butterflies will wave in the breeze outside or just look good flying above a nice pot plant on the windowsill. A gift is always more special when it's been lovingly made so this would be ideal and inexpensive too!   Have fun.........Rocky.

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