Monday, April 09, 2012

Butterfly Jar Tutorial


Growing up, my Mom had a bell jar on our front hall table with two preserved black and white butterflies on branches inside. I alternated between finding this jar creepy and beautiful.
Fast forward to the present: after I made the mason jar snow globes, I came up with the idea to make my own "cruelty free" butterfly jar....lol
I started by finding three twigs and hot gluing them to the base of the jar, making sure the twigs were small enough and in the right position to fit inside the glass. I then cut thin strips of green card stock from the Momenta's Family Ties collection(PA-1839) and curled them with scissors, like Christmas ribbon. This card stock is perfect for that since it has a striped texture and curls easily. I glued it around the twigs, covering the base.

Next I punched three layers of paper for each butterfly (using a Martha punch) and Family ties collection (PA-1839). I glued them together along the body and fanned out the wings to give them some depth. I glued them to the branches using Glossy Accents. I added Stickles to the butterflies when they were dry.
Here's a close up of the little guys:
I hope you enjoyed this mini-tutorial and give it a try!

8 comments:

Sylvia said...

aww...this is sooooo cute!!! what a sweet idea! totally love it! thanks for sharing the how to's!!!
Sylvia

April D said...

Very creative - love it!

angie gutshall said...

So cute!!

Linda Beeson said...

This is really an adorable idea, LOVE your creativeness.

Jeannie from PolkaCabana.wordpress.com said...

OOOH I was going to do something like this too! I love your jar, you did great!

Bev said...

this is really cute.. great idea

Izzy Anderson said...

I love your cruelty free jar. Great project!

Aimee Kidd said...

This is so pretty! It reminds me of something similar my grandmother had when I was a little girl.