With all of us covered in snow I thought we could all use a little reminder that spring is coming. I chose to finish this wreath with butterflies, but it would be really beautiful left plain and hung with a big satin ribbon, beautiful enough to use for a wedding!
You may be surprised to find out what it's made of- Brown paper lunch bags!
What you need-
6-8 brown lunch bags
Scallop circle punch (mine's 2.5 inches)
Foam wreath (dollar store)
Colored paper and book pages for butterflies
Leave your lunch bags folded up when you punch your circles, I punched 6 circles which gave me 18 circles per bag (if you leave the bag folded it punches 3 each time!). When you have a stack take your unsharpened pencil and press it into the center of a circle so the circle folds up like a flower. Put a dab of hot glue on the circle where the pencil makes a point and stick to your wreath form. Continue until your wreath looks like this.
This is the point where you could hang it with a satin ribbon and it would be beautiful, over the backs of chairs or down the isle of a church. Had I had a big green ribbon I may have stopped here, but I didn't so I looked for other options to dress it up.
I decided on butterflies. Cut a bunch of butterflies out of the paper of your choice, use as many different papers as you like, fade from dark to light, do a rainbow, what ever suits your fancy. I chose blue cardstock and some old book pages.
You don't need this many, but that's what I started with. Bend your butterfly in half and apply hot glue to the underside of the belly, press onto wreath in what ever random way you choose. Start out by laying a few in your pattern, you can go back and fill in as you go. I chose to put my butterflies large to small going up one side.
Continue to place them until your happy. Stand back and admire.
For those of you who have asked about how I cut my butterflies, I used the images above, which you can right click and save image on. Print them out and use them as templates to cut yours out. I wanted to make you a nice pdf you could just print and cut but the butterflies are solid so that wouldn't work.
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