Sunday, 6 July 2014

DIY: Butterfly Frame

As promised, this winter is going to see Honey & Lulu flooded with lots of exciting content, including our collaborative series, The Melbourne CafĂ© Collection, with Daisy and the Fox. Today, though, marks the first instalment of our new DIY series, which will involve chic, affordable and surprisingly easy DIYs that are sure to make a statement in your home! We wanted to share with you some of the DIY pieces we adore, and proudly feature in our own homes. Some years back, we stumbled across the idea of these gorgeous butterfly frames, and realised the ease with which we could create our own beautiful pieces using very inexpensive materials. The perfect winter project in our eyes; just sit down with a cuppa in hand, and flip through all your old mags collecting butterfly prints. The beauty in this little project is that every frame is unique, and the extensive array of prints and colours unite to make something really special.

Here is our step-by-step tutorial!

Step 1:
Collect an array of prints from old magazines – fashion or homeware magazines are always good. Ensure prints are large enough to cut a butterfly from.

Step 2:
Cut butterflies from the prints. We used a butterfly punch from here, however, these are available at most craft stores. You can always cut by hand using a simple butterfly template!

Step 3:
Cut out butterflies from white card; this provides reinforcement for the butterflies enabling them to stand up. Glue the printed butterflies to the printed butterflies. Allow glue to dry.

Step 4:
Fold reinforced butterflies in half.

Step 5:
Measure up a piece of cardboard to fit your desired frame. Rule a grid in very light grey lead so as to evenly space the butterflies.

Step 6:
Arrange butterflies on the paper. We like to embellish the odd butterfly with some sequins or glitter glue. Glue down the butterflies using craft glue, holding for a few seconds to ensure each butterfly is secured in place.

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