Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring Crafting - Butterflies and Flowers

Yearning for sights of spring, I decided to make a butterfly garland for our dining room.  I dug up an article from last spring's 'Romantic Country' magazine on how to create one.  The article featured Tara of the blog http://www.blondiensc.typepad.com/.  She made a gorgeous butterfly garland for her dress form.

I decided to make my garland with both vintage music paper and spring-themed fabrics. 


The instructions are pretty easy.  Simply find an image of a butterfly you like (scan google for free clip art), and cut out a bunch of butterflies from paper.  If you want to use fabric like I did, iron some fusible interfacing to the back of the fabric, then cut out your butterflies.  This helps the fabric stay stiff enough not to droop.  You can fold your butterflies for dimension, then hot-glue to a length of ribbon.  Simple!


The garland adds some interesting texture to this shutter I leaned in our dining room corner:

The butterfly colors blend in well here.

In a crafting mood, I also made more crepe paper peony flowers using Dear Lillie's tutorial you can find here.  They're an unconventional baby blue, but what else would I have in this room? 



More dashes of my favorite light blue:


Dreaming of spring, while here it is March 1st with snow on the ground!

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24 comments:

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is just as cheery as can be! And such a charming garland. I can't get over how beautiful your blues are with the white. It's not a color I have around much, so it's just a pleasure cmming by. I especially admire those wonderful plates in the back. Your snow is just winter's last hurrah, you think?

All Things Chic 2 said...

Very Pretty!!! Blessings Lori

Pamela said...

Very lovely Susan!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

that "papillion" garland is so sweet! I really MUST try making one! I am LOVING your "dashes of blue" I'm in a "blue" mood too mon amie! (we'll be battling for blue treasures on Saturday I'm sure!!) ;)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

LOVE that butterfly garland Susan!!! You did a fabulous job!! And the blue flowers are simply lovely!!
Hope your having a wonderful week.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Donna said...

What pretty projects, Susan! I just may have to try making one of those beautiful garlands. And I just bought some crepe paper (light blue!), now you have inspired me to create some roses:) It's cold here, too! Have a great week!

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

Pretty butterflies, look lovely in the pastel blues on your shutter. I love looking back at my favorite magazines to find new again ways to decorate.

Spring is starting inside even if it isn't outside!

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

Pretty butterflies, look lovely in the pastel blues on your shutter. I love looking back at my favorite magazines to find new again ways to decorate.

Spring is starting inside even if it isn't outside!

Vintage Market Place said...

so cute Susan.
What adorable butterflies they would adorn a Spring brunch table so well.

Love the hints of blue in the room and that gold mirror.

...at least it is snow and not the horrible tornadoes of Spring.
:)
AMY

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

So cute! Love butterflies!

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the butterfly garland and the crete paper flowers. It is so nice to add hand crafted items to your home. I'm your newest follower, hope you will stop by and visit again, Laura - Cottage and Broome

It's me said...

These are cute !!..happy weekend darling...love Ria...xxx...

Sandi said...

Your garland is beautiful Susan! I have several glittered paper butterflies that I made months ago...I should make a garland!!
Blessings`

tara said...

Susan, thank you so much for your comment and for sharing...your comment came at the most perfect time for me, as life was getting a little too serious and you brought some joy!! thank you! I posted a link to your blog on my blog today! your photos are gorgeous! wowzers! happy weekend~ Tara

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

So pretty!
Love your beautiful vignettes.
The garland is just perfect for spring, love the prints you chose.
Have a great weekend!

~Shanon

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I am loving your crafty spring decorating!

The Sweetest Days said...

I know, can you believe we have snow? With the rain and warmer temps headed our way it sure won't last for long!

Blue, creams, and white are all so divine. The butterfly garland would be perfect for my kitchen!

The Sweetest Days said...

I know, can you believe we have snow? With the rain and warmer temps headed our way it sure won't last for long!

Blue, creams, and white are all so divine. The butterfly garland would be perfect for my kitchen!

Kristy LifenReflection said...

beautiful hints of spring

Roselle said...

I love this...simple and beautiful! Your touches always amaze. Love visiting here!
Roselle

Elyse said...

Lovely garland and colors!

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A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Oh Susan, this is so pretty!!! I love the touch of whimsy that this cute project brings to your already lovely home! Thanks for the idea - I will have to try this sometime! It really does remind me of spring!


Hugs,
Jessie

Passionate for White said...

Love the butterfly garland - I might just have to try my hand at it!

Dear Lillie said...

beautiful!

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