Saturday, September 21, 2013

DIY: Butterfly Shadow Box Decor


When I was 8 months pregnant, my husband and I went to Ikea to look for nursery decor because I didn't want to put up cookie cutter baby decorations in Olivia's room. I really was aiming for it to be unique. While we were there roaming the picture frame section, I noticed these butterfly shadow boxes. They were perfect. I wanted them so bad, but at $12.99 a pop, Craig delivered his famous line of, "I can make that." This nursery decor DIY was extremely easy and turned out great!

We ventured to Michael's to gather our supplies and I bought the Martha Stewart Butterfly Paper Punch. It was a great buy, and especially using one of their weekly coupons. This paper punch is something we can continue to use for future projects that require butterflies too. We then headed to the scrapbook section and grabbed a few different paper designs, and scored some cheap shadow boxes on clearance.

At home we punched out what seemed like a thousand paper butterflies from the scrap paper, and glued them into layers on a piece of paper. After that stage was dry, we took a couple of the butterflies and folded them in half, and glued them along the back center crease onto the rest of the butterflies, to make them appear if they were flying.

The shadow boxes couldn't have turned out any better. The colors are amazing and it's something that no one else has. I absolutely love it and I had to give my hubby props for his creative mind. Over all, this project came out to $13.00, and we were able to make 3 butterfly shadow boxes for the price of ONE at Ikea!

What you'll need
Martha Stewart Butterfly Paper Punch
10-12 various prints of scrap book paper - for the butterfly paper punches
Additional sheets of paper - to use for the background
Glue
Shadow boxes

Directions
Punch out several butterflies from the scrap book paper using the butterfly paper punch, you can get about 36 punch outs from each sheet of scrap book paper. Once you have a nice stack of paper butterflies, begin to glue them onto the paper that you are using as your background. Be sure to layer them to get the best effect. Allow to dry. *Note: Make sure to measure your background paper to the size of the shadow box frame before starting to glue on the paper butterfly punch outs - you don't want to try to cut and re-size it once you've glued in the butterflies!

Once dry, fold a few paper butterflies in half, and open them back up. Place a thin line of glue along the back center crease of the butterfly, and add to the layered butterfly collage. This gives the 3D flying effect to the butterflies. Allow to dry completely. When the glue has dried, place it into the shadow box, and there you have it!


I hope that this DIY project gives you some inspiration to get creative and make some butterfly decor for your little ones nursery, bedroom, or playroom!

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