DIY Butterfly Art

DIY butterfly art

Dev spotted this AMAZING butterfly paper when we were in the awesome stationary store Papyrus the other day. It was only $4.99! We knew it had the potential to become a substantial piece of wall art, but we didn’t want to do the expected frame job.

Papyrus Butterfly Paper

So I went through my fabric when I got home and found this vintage sheet that I got at an estate sale last summer.

vintage sheets

I used 3M Super 77 Multipurpose spray adhesive to adhere the sheet to the back of the paper.  This will strengthen the paper and protect it from ripping. Then I cut the sheet along the edges leaving 1/4 inch of fabric sticking out at the top and bottom of the paper.

attach fabric to back

I went to our local Ace Hardware and picked up a piece of wood trim for $3. I measured to the same width as the paper and cut two lengths of wood (one for the top and one for the bottom). Then I stained the wood.

wood trim

After the stain dried I attached it to the very end of the paper using a hot glue gun, making sure the sheet and the paper were both attached to the wood trim. This will insure that the fabric doesn’t peel off and stays in tact.

glue on trim

I braided some Jute Twine together to make a decorative rope for the butterfly art to hang from. I attached it to the back using the hot glue gun again.

Attach Twine

Seriously this took like 30 minutes and I love it! You could also do this with old maps, flags or any other art you come across.

front and back

So this entire project cost $8! Very much worth it and the only problem I have is deciding which room to put it in!

DIY butterfly art 2

Salty Bison
Salty Bison is the brain child of Devenie Boyer and Shawna Andreasen. Its humble beginnings consisted of a tiny garage and a messy kitchen table. With 10 kids between the two of them their "work from home" experience has left a trail of mismatched shoes, watermelon rinds and power tools. When their husbands are in charge of the littles you can often spot them prowling through scrap yards and thrift stores. Their upcycled custom work has appeared in restaurants, businesses and homes across the country. And how do they accomplish this you ask...with a steady diet of mint brownies and bruschetta. Their items are sold in their etsy shop and at major handcrafted events throughout the western states.
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  1. Jan says

    So happy I found your tutorial on pinterest! I have a map that I want to do this same thing to for my son’s room! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I am not kidding when I say that I bought this same paper (geez, over a year ago now) and just bought wooden dowels last weekend to do the very same project. I swear!! The difference is that you actually did it. ;) I seem to have that problem, lots of projects in cue, but not done. Turned out great! Didn’t think of backing it with fabric. Great tip.


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