April showers bring May flowers! It has been a very rainy April. I’ve decided to focus on all the flowers blooming and not the wet soggy weather. This inspired me to make a Butterfly and Flower Art. It’s a pretty one with a lovely flower, a polka dot ribbon, a cute photo and butterflies.
I even personalized the butterflies. Instead of simply writing your child’s name on the art work, why not put it on the butterflies. Better yet, don’t have the name shown once, but multiple times like it’s a book page. You can use your child’s nickname or real name.
This would make a nice gift for moms and grandmas. There’s something sweet about a homemade gift with a personal touch.
For this project I used scrap book paper, ribbon, glue, a button, heart punch, and a butterfly punch. Please note that all scrap book paper used was card stock and not lightweight paper. I also used a 8×8 frame and a photo.
Let me show you how to make this framed art work.
Here’s my Personalized Butterfly and Flower Art Tutorial:
I’ll first tell you about the personalized butterflies. All I did was type out names and printed on paper (similar to my garland and banner projects). I then traced butterflies using a template I made from a previous project. I also wanted some color behind the printed personalized butterflies. So I used two different scrap book patterns.
I folded each butterfly in half. I glued the brown/pink butterfly on top of the green one. I then glued the personalized butterfly paper on top of the brown/pink butterfly. NOTE: I placed the glue only on the folded seam part. This creates the floating effect.
I took a piece of scrap book paper in a natural color and cut it to fit my frame. I wrapped a green polka dot ribbon slightly diagonal across the bottom half. I secured by gluing it on the back. I wanted something to hold a photo of my kiddos. I didn’t want to just glue it on the paper. So, I came up with something like you see on a ribbon bulletin board.
Now, let’s make the flowers. The flower petals are made from heart shapes. I seem to like making petals out of hearts. Anyways, I used a heart puncher that had two different sizes. This flowers needs 5 hearts. I made the big hearts for the background to add some color contrast. I glued the smaller hearts onto the bigger hearts.
I then shaped the hearts. I slightly folded and pinched the bottom of the heart. Next I curved the round part of the heart upwards a little. Basically, I shaped the heart petals until I liked the way it looked. Note: Maybe, you don’t even want to shape the heart petals. It’s up to you. I did it because I think it gives the flower more depth and interest.
Lay out your petals to make a flower and glue to natural paper. The last thing to make for the flower is the middle. I cut out a circle. To add more depth to the circle I cut a fringe all around and folded up. I then glued a cheery pink button in the middle. Finally glue this to the middle of your flower.
I love the way the flower turned out! So pretty.
Oh and don’t forget to add the finishing touch – a picture of your kids!