Wednesday, April 13, 2011

butterfly wall hanging tutorial...

I'm so excited to share my Butterfly Wall Hanging today!

I created this project as part of "All About Easter" welcome to all of you who popped over from Kiki Creates!  (And the rest of you should really check out the other posts if you haven't already...all kinds of Easter goodness going on over there.)

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Keeping with the butterfly theme I've got going this year, I wanted to add something bright and cheerful to my spring/Easter decor.  And this little beauty is so easy and inexpensive to make.  To create one of your own you'll need:

a photo frame
craft paint/paintbrush or spray paint
mod podge
butterfly images
an xacto knife
scissors or a paper cutter
a page from an old book
wire cutters/pliers
hot glue
a marker
scrapbooking tape
I actually had all of these things on hand, except for the frame which I picked up at the dollar store.  Doesn't get much cheaper than that!
Now you might be thinking, "She just happened to have some vintage butterfly illustrations on hand? Rii-iight."  
Well, no. But I do have the internet and a color printer.  Vintage Printables is a sweet blog that has galleries of all kinds of vintage illustrations available to the public domain.  I'd recommend starting there and printing butterflies in various sizes that fit your color scheme.

Okay, so once you have your images printed and all of your supplies gathered, start with the photo frame.  Remove the backing and glass--we won't be using those--then pull out the little metal bendy things that hold the back on.  (I don't know what those are called, but hopefully you know what I'm talking about.)

Next, paint your frame the color of your choice.  
I went with turquoise. (Shocking, I know.)

It was too crappy outside to spray paint, and I wanted some of the original silver to show through... so I painted mine kind of streaky, but you do yours however you want.  (Or use a frame that's already the color you want and skip this step altogether!)

While your paint dries, use an xacto knife to cut out your butterflies.  
(I like to save the cardboard backs of notebooks and pads of paper to use as a cutting surface.)

Then, give your frame a top coat of mod podge to prevent the craft paint from scratching or flaking off.  (Skip this step if you spray painted.)

While that dries, cut 2 lengths of wire to fit the dimensions of your frame.  
(My frame is 8 x 10, so I cut my wire 10 inches long.)  

Also decide what word you'd like to use--spring, Easter, your last name, etc.--and cut out the appropriate number of squares from your old book page.  (I cut 6 squares that were about 1.25 inches.)  Use a marker to write each letter--or use a die cut machine to cut out letters if you're not a fan of your own handwriting.

Once your frame is dry, attach your wires to the inside lip of the frame with a dab of hot glue.  (When placing your wires, make sure to account for the size of your butterflies.  You will probably want to lay out your design first.)

See how one wire is much closer to the edge?  
Had to leave room for my largest butterfly.

After your wires are attached, lay out your whole project upside down. Use scrapbook tape to attach all of your paper elements to the wires.  The tape is sticky enough to hold all of the pieces in place, but also allows you to slide things around a bit if your spacing is off.

Lookin' good!


Now just tie a bit of ribbon to the top and hang her on the wall...

So bright and cheery!
I might have to change out my word to "summer" so I can keep it up longer.

(And wouldn't this also make a great decoration for a little girls room?  With her name..or just all butterflies?  Aww.)


  1. LOVE it. Thanks for being a part of my event!:)

  2. I hopped on over from kiki creates. This butterfly art reminds me of my grandpa. He mounted a beautiful butterfly collection and it hung in his hallway. I would love to create this as it would remind me of him. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  3. This is gorgeous! I love it! I'm very inspired to make something like this to go with some butterfly specimen art I made... : ) Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Kacey-

    Creativity is messy...I agree!

    Love the backless frame idea. I have a few broken frames that need some new my wheels are turning...

    I'd be oh so happy if you could share this with my readers tonight @Creative Juice Thursday. Get your crafting shoes on... Hope to see you there...

  5. I really like the idea of using the wire and keeping the frame backless. Very well done.

  6. Very pretty!! I love all the colors! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at and link this project!


  7. My dining room is my messy studio, LOL! Love this idea! Found you via TT&J! PS, Love the background too!

  8. I love that picture! Love the butterflies, love the letters on old book page cutouts - you are so creative! Thanks for sharing it with us at Show & Tell's linky party. While here, I "followed" your blog!

  9. I love butterflies and this is a great piece of art!

  10. This is adorable! It's such a versatile craft. Thanks for sharing. I might have to try something similar. It's a great gift idea. Check out my blog at

  11. I really like this! I think im falling in love with butterflies!
    I would love for you to link up at my Make it for less Mondays!
    Hope to see you there!

  12. Super cute! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)

  13. I love the idea, I might just have to steal it! :D (and don't they say it's the sincerest form of flattery?)

  14. Kacey I love this Spring Art!! I featured it today in my Crush of the Week post!!

  15. Kacey, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  16. This is adorable! I found you through Flamingo Toes' Crush of the Week.

  17. This is just amazing..i love the idea..I am your newest follower,my Turkish friend sent me your blog link,so i visit your blog.
    I hope you will enjoy my blog :)
    visit please

  18. wow, this is great!! super creative!! (:



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