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DIY: Butterfly Garland

My wonderful friend Bex came to visit me last week and taught me how to make a simple but effective butterfly garland. Bex’s visit kick started my New Year goals of learning and being more creative – thanks Bex! Here’s how we made it, I love the outcome. Don’t you think it looks classy?

Materials:

  • Patterned card or paper – I used old sheet music.
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel
  • Pencil
  • Sewing machine & Thread

1. First make a stencil by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing on the shape of your butterfly. Cut out around the outside using scissors. For any detail added inside the wings it is easier to cut out using a scalpel…

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2. Take your chosen patterned paper and fold it over to fit your stencil.

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3. Trim down the paper along the top and fold over again, (as below) this means you can make two butterflies at once and will save you some time!

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4. Place the stencil on top of the folded paper. Draw around your stencil and cut it out in the same way as you did to make the stencil in Step 1.

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5. Repeat this until you have made enough butterflies to create the length you want to achieve. I made some with and some without the cut out detailing in their wings..

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6. Next onto the sewing machine.. Pull out a long length of thread at the beginning which will be used for hanging. Then start to sew directly down the middle of your first butterfly…

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6. Once you reach the end of the butterfly body, lift up the foot, pull out a length of thread about two inches long and then repeat until you eventually run out of butterflies!

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And here is Bex with the finished article, why don’t you give it a try too. We used ours as party decorations but they would also look great hanging in your bedroom..

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