Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Wreath

Craftiments:  Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Wreath


Do you know what a large group of butterflies is called?

Entomologists call them a swarm or a lek.  They are also know as a flight, a rabble, or a kaleidoscope. I love the imagery evoked by a kaleidoscope of butterflies and think it is a very fitting name for my favorite spring wreath.

Paper butterflies glued to a grapevine wreath

I made this wreath two years ago to display on my mantel. I found free butterfly images here and printed them on both sides of a piece of cardstock (reversing the image when printing the second side so the images lined up). Then I painstakingly cut each one out. Because the colors were a bit too vivid, I brushed on a thin layer of white acrylic paint for a more muted look. I creased the butterflies slightly along their bodies to give them dimension, then hot glued them around a grapevine wreath.

Closeup of paper butterflies
Craftiments:  Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Wreath


Simple and sweet, this wreath makes me smile every time I walk past!

Are you craving more paper butterfly crafts?  Check out the butterfly crown that I made for my daughter.


27 comments :

  1. How pretty.... How light, how airy, how springy.

    I am amazed that you were able to line up the butterflies when you printed double-sided....

    hugs x
    Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  2. This is so pretty. Spring is in the air with this wreath.

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  3. This is adorable! I love butterflies! All my flowers are starting to bloom and I'm in the mood for spring. This is perfect! Thank you for a great idea :) I just pinned! Krista @ http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com

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  4. I love it! I may have to make my own version! Tia @ eventstocelebrate.net

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  5. I just love anything butterflies! This is so cute. I found you through the Social blog hop. Am now following you through Bloglovin, Twitter, and Pinterest. Hope you get a chance to check out my site.

    Julie
    http://icreatepurtythangs.blogspot.com

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  6. Very cute idea, but being a person who loves color and knowing how bright and cheery butterflies are, would love to see a picture before you muted them.

    Here visiting thanks to Let's Get Social Sunday's

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  7. OOH, I saw this at the linky party and it's gorgeous!

    Mae
    http://thelifeofacompulsivecrafter.blogspot.com/

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  8. Oh, very cute. I like how you painted them white. Saw your post at Leroy Lime's link-up party. Thanks for sharing!
    eat_nap_play@yahoo.com

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  9. Beautiful! I love the idea of a kaleidoscope of butterflies! Thanks so much for linking this up to Monday Funday!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way
    www.viewalongtheway.com

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  10. Love your butterflies. They are so cute.
    I added you to G+
    Have a great week,
    Bev
    @http://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com

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  11. This is beautiful! So perfect for spring. Looking at this just makes me happy :)

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  12. I am pinning this. I would like to invite you to join Pin It Monday Hop Where you pin and get pinned9link). If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and join us. I hope to see you there. Your new follower :D
    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/

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  13. Very pretty. I love it.
    Thanks for sharing with us at "In and out of the Kitchen"

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  14. hi! you are the link before me from the pin it monday on the pursuit of functional home blog. this wreath is just BEAUTIFUL! :>D

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  15. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this! So pretty!

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  16. This is beautiful! I am in love with all of those butterflies! Such a great idea :)

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  17. Hi Kirstin,

    Your project has been featured, see it here. Thank you so much for joining Pin It Monday Hop#1 Where you pin and get pinned (LINK). Please come back on Sunday at 5pm (CST)for our Pin It Monday Hop#2. Pinned this to our Pin Board.
    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/

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  18. Guess it just depends on what a person prefers regarding color of butterflies. I like it that you muted the colors on this wreath, kept it light and airy. It's great since anybody can print them out as they wish. Great share. Came to you thru "Too much time on my hands". Happy Easter

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  19. Featuring you on my blog and Facebook tomorrow morning!
    XOXO
    Isabelle

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  20. this screams SPRING, I love it!! Kudos on your hand cutting skills...I love hand cutting images out and people think I'm CRAZY but it's my zen! lol! Thanks for linking up this week with Showy Sunday - www.leroylime.blogspot.com

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  21. This is really great! It is quite beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up!

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  22. CONGRATS!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-60/

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  23. So pretty! I have a close friend that loves butterflies and I know she would love this wreath! Perfect for Spring. Congrats on your feature at The DIY Dreamer! :)

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  24. Thank you for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/04/your-whims-wednesday-105-and-features.html

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