I'm ready for Spring, aren't you? Let's welcome it with a new seasonal craft! This colorful butterfly canvas art makes a quick and cheery home decor item. Set some time to create this simple project and bring the theme of Spring into your home!
Supplies needed: 5" x 7" wrapped canvas, assorted patterned papers, small rhinestone sticker strips, butterfly punch (Fiskars), hot glue gun.
With the butterfly punch, punch a variety of shapes using about 4-5 different vibrant-colored patterned papers. You will need 12 pieces.
Arrange the butterflies in evenly-spaced rows and columns to plan their placement before adhering.
Take each butterfly shape, turn it over and place a small amount of hot glue only in the center of the butterfly. Try not to get the glue on the wings. Carefully place each butterfly in place, until all 12 shapes are attached to the canvas.
Trim rhinestone strips and apply them vertically in the middle of each butterfly. You can also try using tiny buttons.
Lift the wings upwards to give them a three-dimensional appearance.
Turn our owl paper piecing into a cute cupcake topper by adhering a toothpick to the back with nontoxic adhesive. Prefer cake? Serve up a bigger helping by enlarging our pattern on a photocopier and securing the owl to a crafts stick.
SOURCES Cardstock: Prism Papers (pink, lime), Bazzill Basics Paper (all other). Font: Century Gothic. Flower: Prima Marketing, Inc. Gem: Making Memories. Cutting tool: Fiskars.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Moms like me have to think of treat ideas for their children's classmates. Sure, it's always easy to get the store-bought Valentines, but if this is the year you want to do something different, you'll have to try this 3-D idea. Although this personalized photo card idea is easy and inexpensive, your kids' Valentine cards will definitely be a standout in class.
If you have a camera, an X-acto knife, and have a bag of lollipops, you are set. (For a non-candy treat, pencils are a great substitution.)
Not crafty? No problem! This project is so simple -- You can even have the kids help out by sliding the lollipops into the photos.
In minimal time, you can have a set of cards that are as unique as your kids!
Step 1: Take a photo of the child, arm outstretched, and their hand in a closed fist.
Step 2: Have the photos printed in a 4" x 6" size. (Optional: If you are handy in Photoshop or other image-editing program, overlay a Valentine sentiment on the digital image prior to printing.)
Step 3: On each photo, carefully cut horizontal slits above and below the fist with an X-acto knife.
Step 4: Insert a lollipop (or pencil) through the slits. Secure it with a piece of tape on the back of the photo.
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