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Getting Creative: Butterfly Wall Art

June 21, 2011

Sophie and I undertook an ambitious and beautiful craft project during our “staycation” last week. Inspired by Meg at Whatever, we decided to create butterfly wall art. This was a really fun project and was not as daunting as it looked.

This is what we were ultimately trying to create — a painted canvas with punched-out butterflies.

We bought painting canvases at Michael’s (probably any craft or art supply store will have them) and covered them in blue paint.

Then you grab a piece of white paper and paint it with lots of colors. Meg used watercolors, but Sophie and I thought it took too long. So we used regular art paint. We ended up needing two painted sheets of paper to cover the canvas with butterflies.

We then let those pieces dry overnight. Yes, this is likely a two-day craft project. Grab a butterfly craft punch and start punching as many as you can do with the multi-colored painted sheet.

This is the Martha Stewart butterfly punch. It’s really great!

Here’s what your paper will look like.

Aren’t the butterflies pretty?

Then take a glue gun and fasten the butterflies to the dried canvas in any type of order. This was our first glue gun craft.

Then you have a proud child showing off her art work!

Isn’t it so pretty?! It looks complicated, but it really was quite easy. We’ve since hung the art in the family room. Sophie loves seeing her art on the wall and I love the color it brings to the room.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2011 11:19 pm

    Gorgeous, and great idea. What little girl doesn’t love butterflies?

    I bought my daughters some big ones for their walls a few months ago and they loved them. I think I’ll try this as well to expand on the motif.

  2. June 21, 2011 11:28 pm

    GREAT idea! And such FUN, too!! Cant wait to do something similar!! Thank you!!:)

  3. June 21, 2011 11:38 pm

    Just beautiful! I love it when you can honor the artistic spirit of children! Love this!

  4. June 22, 2011 4:53 am

    That’s beautiful! And I love the pictures you took while Sophie was making it. (And if you’re taking orders, please put my name on the top of the list!)

  5. Lena permalink
    June 22, 2011 5:22 am

    Really great idea! I’m going to shoot this one over to my sister who’s almost-five year old little girl LOVES butterflies. Thanks Leah!

  6. June 22, 2011 5:43 am

    Once again – your pix are beautiful. One of them even looks likes the butterflies had just alighted onto the blue canvas 🙂 Love the punch you have, too. Looks almost easy for Sophie to use, si? Beautiful art project, Boo – one that a grandmother would love!

  7. June 22, 2011 6:21 am

    I love it – the last picture of your child….a true moment!

  8. Colette permalink
    June 22, 2011 6:30 am

    I love it!

  9. June 22, 2011 8:29 am

    Darling!! And I’m loving Sophie’s pink nails. 🙂

  10. June 22, 2011 8:58 am

    Oh Leah, I love it! And such great photos to go along! What a fun craft for children to participate in. I don’t have any young children of my own but I do have a young niece. I’ll be passing on this great idea! 🙂

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  12. June 22, 2011 2:25 pm

    What a fun project! The end result is so beautiful. I hope I can remember this one for when I have grand children.

  13. June 22, 2011 3:10 pm

    oh now that is just lovely. 🙂

  14. June 22, 2011 4:38 pm

    Beautiful! She did a great job, especially with the glue gun!

  15. aig63 permalink
    June 23, 2011 10:13 am

    Just lovely – the oucome is truly enchanting. I keep frogetting to bring paints up to the cottage for rainy days but now you’ve made me write it in ink! Thank you. BTW, do you know a glue/seal type product I can use to adhese dried flowers to a Mason jar? That can then be water-resistant (i.e. if I wash it)?

  16. June 23, 2011 9:42 pm

    This is wonderful Leah! And the smile on Sophie’s face is the most beautiful “art” you created!

  17. June 24, 2011 6:48 am

    This is beautiful, Leah. You’re such a great mother to foster creativity and mom-daughter crafts like that. Sophie will look back on those memories with such fondness – AND you now have great wall art!

  18. June 24, 2011 8:26 pm

    Sophie is just way too cute, and what a fun project!!

  19. February 9, 2012 6:51 am

    What a great project! It certainly looks like your daughter had a lot of fun doing it. Very cool. 😉

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