Anyone can experience the thrill of creating a butterfly with fabulous colors. Using doilies as the wings and a pipe cleaner for the body helps to keep this activity cost down to a minimum.
Topping a wrapped gift or having a pretty butterfly sticking out of a gift bag will surely bring on a smile!
|Gel paint was used in 3 different colors|
|2 doilies were used for each wing - symmetrical technique was used here|
|Start with the lighter colors before the darker ones|
|Try to use paint in moderation as the doilies are delicate and thin, not made for holding much wetness- using a heat gun to dry paint quicker may be helpful.|
The backs can be painted, if you wish, any way you like either now or later.
|Once paint is dry put doily wings together with insides facing each other --- put something between the doilies like folded up paper or cotton stuffing before gluing the sides closed all around the edges ---- This will give the butterfly dimension.|
|About 8 inches of pipe cleaner folded in half makes a good main body.|
|Here orange fiber was added for a special effect.|
|Glue the body to the doilies which are slightly overlapping.|
|A painted wood BBQ skewer was glued to the back to enable the butterfly to stand upright in a group of paper flowers.|
|a slight thickness of the wings can be seen as they are not totally flat.|
|You can also make several of these to use as wall decorations, without the skewer of course, or connect them with yarn to make a butterfly banner!|
Another way to make a Doily Butterfly is to use food coloring!
Butterfly made using food coloring
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