Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guest Post: Marie from Scissors and Spoons

 Hi everyone! I am so excited to be here today while Allison is on blogging maternity leave. My name is Marie and I chronicle my efforts to create beauty through cooking and crafting on my blog Scissors and Spoons. Scissors and SpoonsI enjoy making a mess cooking and crafting and sharing my creations with others. I’d love it if you would stop by my blog and take a look around!
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 Today, I am sharing with you how I made pretty paper butterflies using tape, glue, permanent markers, and pipe cleaners. The paper magnolia in the picture below is from my post on DIY Paper Magnolias. DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies 

These butterflies cast beautiful shadows when the sun shines through them. They remind me a bit of stained glass.
 DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies 

To make the butterflies, I first drew the silhouette of butterfly wings in Silhouette Studio using the shape drawing tools. I then cut out the butterfly wings on my Silhouette Cameo. If you don’t have a Silhouette you can cut the wings by hand using a craft knife and a mat. 
DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies 

I placed a wing section on a piece of packing tape about two and a half times the size of the section.
 DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies 

I colored the sticky side of the tape inside the wing with a permanent marker. 

DIY paper & Tape Butterflies - Coloring Wing 

Folded the tape over so that the wing section was sandwiched inside the tape. Used the end of a marker to push out any of air bubbles.
DIY paper & Tape Butterflies - Wing

 Cut the excess tape from around the wing. I repeated the above steps with the remaining three wing sections. 
DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies - Wing

Looped the end of a pipe cleaner to make the body of the butterfly and cut off the excess. 
DIY Paper & tape Bufferlies - Body

Used a hot glue gun to glue the wings to the body and a suction cup to the butterfly. I attached small suctioned cups to some of my butterflies so that I could hang them in the window, but I think they’d also be cute hung on a mobile, incorporated into a paper flower bouquet, or used in place of a bow on a gift. In my post today on Scissors and Spoons, I describe how I used these butterflies to make a Butterfly Jar
DIY paper & Tape Butterflies

To make the butterflies, I used the following: Black paper, clear packing tape, permanent markers, scissors, pipe cleaners, hot glue gun and glue, template (not to scale), Silhouette Cameo (you could also use a craft knife and mat), and small suction cups. 

Please stop by Scissors and Spoons to check out some of my other project tutorials:
DIY Framed Chalkboard 

  DIY Vintage Button Flowers 

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Thanks for reading everyone! 
And Allison, thanks for having me here on A Glimpse Inside. I hope that you are enjoying spending time with Baby M. Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family!

Thanks for sharing Marie!



  1. Hey what a pretty project! This would be great for a fridge too, if you can glue a little magnet on it. Or another variation is turning it into a snowflake with 6 little "wings" and a ball center instead. Good job!

    1. I hadn't thought of using this for snowflakes, but I love that idea! Thanks, Marie

  2. How cool! So simple! Thanks for sharing!!


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