Garden themes are an exciting choice for Summertime weddings. A loving couple may exchange vows in a public green space. They may whisper “I do” in Aunt Hannah’s country garden or share a first dance on a wooded mountain top. Whatever outdoor location a bride chooses, butterflies are destined to make a surprise appearance. If those whimsical creatures don’t arrive on cue, these handcrafted substitutes will add a hint of butterfly style.
These crafty versions of nature’s most elegant insects are playful and sparkly. They are the perfect accent for a bouquet, a gift box or just about anything else. They are easy to craft, as well. Just follow these simple step by step instructions.
-A spool of wired metallic ribbon at least 2 inches wide. Wired ribbon is available at a craft or floral supply store. For a non metallic look look, wired ribbon comes in a bright colors like yellow or blue.
-A coil of silver or gold craft wire
-Tacky glue or a hot glue gun
-Round nosed pliers (the kind jewelry makers use)
Create butterfly wings
-Cut a 16 inch piece of wired ribbon for each butterfly
-Lay the ribbon on a flat surface.
-Fold a 6 inch portion of ribbon over and downward so it forms an angle. (see illustration)
-Do the same on the other side.
-The center section should measure about 4 inches across the top.
-Where the left section crosses over the right section gather the ribbon like you were making a bow.
-The wire will help it stay in place.
-Turn your piece over.
-Fold the two raw ribbon ends up one at a time.
-Gather them at the center of the piece.
-Add a bit of tacky glue or hot glue to hold the pieces in place.
-Cut a 6 inch piece of craft wire, fold it in half.
-Slip it over the center of your “butterfly”from the bottom up. .
-Twist the wire tightly into place. This will hold the ribbon in place. You will also have two wire “antenna” extensions approximately 1 & 1/2 inches long.
-Use round nosed pliers to curl the “antennae” ends.
Create a butterfly body
-Cut a 1 & 1/ 2 inch piece of ribbon.
-Roll it tightly beginning from one wired edge. If you find it difficult to roll, add a bit of glue.
-Glue the body into place between the butterfly wings.
-Fold the top and bottom ends to the back of the butterfly.
-Glue loose ends in place at the back.
How to use your butterflies
-Wire butterflies to wooden picks and add them to a wedding cake.
-Glue a butterfly on a bridesmaid’s gift box.
-Add one to a thin dowel rod to use as a decorative pick in a flower arrangement.
-Add one to a bridesmaid’s bouquet.
-Glue a butterfly onto a piece of ribbon and add it to the cake cutter.
-Pin one to the flower girl’s hair.
-Add one to a wedding favor bag.
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