2.15.2010

Butterfly Wreath- Think Spring!

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)
Glue gun
unsharpened pencil
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.   

Enjoy!


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112 comments:

  1. I came across your blog from the play house give-away. But I just went and read a ton of posts and I love your blog. You definitely gave me a lot of great ideas. So thanks! :)

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  2. okay seriously...you are the most talented gal yet! This is awesome! I wanted something simple and fun and not too bright and this is perfect! I even have the scallop punch!!! Thanks!

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  3. That is pretty stinking awesome. I have been thinking what to do with spring decor. Cute idea.

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  4. Thank you for the gorgeous touch of spring.

    Carolyn

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  5. Very pretty. I can't believe its made from paper bags!

    -Crystal

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  6. This is so pretty and calming. I love it. I featured it on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration.
    http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2010/02/spring-wreath.html

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  7. this is paper crafting at it's best...love it, going to try it...I sell Stampin up...and this is fantastic....Hope it is ok to show my customers...

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  8. SOOOOOO Beautiful!!!!!!!! I am going to make one of these!

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  9. Ok...that is BeAuTiFul!! Brown paper bags??! How cool is that? I love this! I featured it on my blog: the CrEaTiVe CraTe! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. You are quickly climbing the ladder of "cool" craft blogs. I love this and will feature it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com either tonight or tomorrow! Those followers keep growing!!!

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  11. Super cute and creative idea! Thanks for sharing...can't wait to try one. Come say hi.

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  12. Gorgeous! I think I may have to feature this on my blog once I give it a whirl!

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  13. We love this! Hope you don't mind we added this to our spring wreath post.

    Junk Mammas

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  14. This is so cute! I really like the butterflies, I'm ready for spring!
    Kaysi

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  15. oooohh! Pretty! I want to try that! Thanks!

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  16. Found you from u-create! So glad I did! You are great..your crafts are great! love love your blog.

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  17. I love your blog! I can't wait to try the paper bag wreath-it looks so cool! I don't have a scallop punch though-I guess I have an excuse to go craft shopping! :o)

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  18. this is simply beautiful...i ♥ it!
    thanks for sharing.
    xo

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  19. Soooo cute and easy (and cheap). Thanks- I'm going shopping tomorrow for the foam wreath is all I need to purchase-Sweet!!!

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  20. Wat a brilliant idea! I have a ton of lunch sacks left over from another project that I'm going to use. I'm going to use this idea to make 2 topiarys to go on my mantel. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Oh my gosh I LOVE this so much. I will definitely be making this it's amazing. Thanks so much for sharing

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  22. u create sent me over with a link and i have to tell you i LOVE your wreath soooo much i'm going to make it! i need that cute punch thing to make it! THANKS!

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  23. This is soooo gorgeous!! I love that it's made from lunch bags!

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  24. hey taylor! i love it! i just became a follower and am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful ideas! thanks for sharing!

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  25. absolutely gorgeous and so very versatile depending on the paper (I'm thinking the inner side of all those security envelopes that come in the mail--white on one side and usually blue/black designs on the reverse)

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  26. Be still my heart!! I love the butterflies! This is so gorgeous, great job!

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  27. BEAUTIFUL!!! I will definately be making a version of this!!

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  28. This is really beautiful! I'm amazed that it is lunch bags...such a clever idea. I love the butterflies!

    Sue

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  29. I am going out tommorrow and buying the bags and punch. I love this. I just bought supplies to attempt to make a burlap wreath but forget that. This is beautiful.
    Thanks for the great idea. Love your blog!

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  30. Stunning,definitely going on my door this spring.....thanks for the great idea!

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  31. You were inspired! Do you know how many paper bags I have that I don't know what to do with? Genius I tell you, genius! Love the blog and you are so darling! That pic of you and your little man..too cute. I will be back to see what other kinds of fabulousness you come up with! Please, come and visit!

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  32. I love this idea! So creative!! I have a flower punch and may try the same concept with that. Thanks for the idea!

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  33. so beautiful!! i would never have guessed you used brown paper bags. it looks like antiqued paper. i definitely want to make one of these. thanks for the inspiration!

    p.s.- i am a capicorn too :)

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  34. I love this! What an awesome way to make something adorable and not spend a ton of money doing it!

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  35. What a gorgeous wreath! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. This is BEAUTIFUL! I might give it a try! Thanks!

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  37. This is just stunning! I love the colors and the materials? Genius! Thanks so much for sharing! I will be filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com. :)

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  38. What a lovely idea, and a great site... so glad I stayed to look around!

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  39. This is really charming! This is a project I'll have to add to my list : )

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  40. I HAVE to make this. I love it!

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  41. This project is a total must do! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Cute wreath! I am going to have to try this!

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  43. Did you use a punch for the butterflies too?
    Love the wreath! Definitely gonna try this one out! Need something spring-y in the house! Too much snow here!!!!

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  44. I added a template for those of you who asked about cutting the butterflies, no I do not have a punch for them, but I know they make butterfly punches so you could find one. I used to many different sizes to have a punch for each.

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  45. Yay!!!!! Thank you!!!! Could you possibly do the same with the circles? I hate to by a punch when I don't think I'd use it more than a time or two. Thanks! I'm so excited to make this!! I can't wait for the snow to melt so I can get to the store and get the wreath form!

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  46. You could absolutely do it with just a plain circle. The scallops just add a little extra texture, but it would still look ruffly with a regular circle.

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  47. Adorable!! What a great idea!

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  48. Very pretty! I especially like the newsprint. Thanks for sharing! I've posted a link.

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  49. Thanks again! I actually found a scalloped circle template just by Googling! Can't wait to try it!

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  50. Taylor this is adorable! I had to post it over at my blog www.madisonreecedesigns.blogspot.com.

    Best of luck to you!

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  51. You are truly a clever and creative girl! This is lovely.

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  52. This is to DIE for! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  53. This is so lovely! I linked to your project in my Friday Favorites! ~Lanie

    http://laniejandco.blogspot.com/2010/02/friday-favorites-21910.html

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  54. Loved this!
    Thanks for posting the directions!
    Here's mine - http://babybunkins.blogspot.com/2010/02/wreath-results.html

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  55. I just came across your blog and I love it! I espeacially love this wreath! I posted it on my blog and linked it to you.
    Thanks, Shauna

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  56. Is it bad if I say "oh wow". I am FAR from being that creative or talented but one day I hope to be able to hang something on my wall that is even half as pretty!!

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  57. WOW! This is amazing!I am saving it in my "someday" file (someday I will have the time to do this!)

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  58. Following you! This is really cute.

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  59. That's really nice. Classy too. You could make those & sell them. :)

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  60. This is so pretty - gonna link to this on Dollar Store Crafts next week.

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  61. Love this wreath! I always have lots of lunch bags on hand, so this would be great for me to do. I'd love for you to check out my blog and this fabric wreath I spray-painted to make mod and chic:

    http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-what-wednesday_27.html

    I'm a new follower, too, thanks for the ideas!

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  62. I saw this on V and Co. blog and had to check you out. This wreath is so beautiful! I can't wait to make it, thank for sharing your tutorial!! ;-)

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  63. Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this blog post in my spring newsletter for Econobusters (www.econobusters.com) this Monday morning.

    Thanks!
    Jennifer Sikora
    (Ghost Writer for Molly Green)

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  64. This is so cute. I can't wait to make it myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. I just love it, i will try to make one sometime.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Emilia
    funplayroom.blogspot.com

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  66. How have I just NOW found your blog?!? Everything is gorgeous! This is absolutely beautiful, I'm going to make it this week & will feature it on my blog. BEAUTIFUL! And Yay! A new blog to read!!

    www.samstermommy.blogspot.com

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  67. Stunning! You must be so patient!

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  68. Hi! I recently found your blog and LOVE it! I LOVE the butterfly wreath and after 3 wks. of cutting the shapes here and there between other mommy tasks, I finally put it together today! It will be on my blog tomorrow. Thanks so much for the idea! I LOVE coming home to my butterflies!!!
    Renee

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  69. I realize after making one of these that you must have cut out a gazillion petals to get yours so full! It took me a couple of naptimes but I totally love the results! (I did mine out of textbook pages too) I posted about it & linked back to you, thanks for the great tutorial!!!

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  70. This is beautiful! I can't wait to make one!!
    Thanks for inspiring! XXO Connie

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  71. Beautiful!! I just found your blog via http://brandyscrafts.blogspot.com and LOVE this! Super cute!! I'm your newest subscriber :)

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  72. Wow, this is absolutely stunning. It's hard to believe it was made from simple brown lunch sacks. I can't wait to make this. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!!!

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  73. απλα τελειο !!!!

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  74. I love this. I linked to you on my blog. I'm trying to create something similar!

    Thanks!

    kerstin @ mommytimecrafts.blogspot.com

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  75. ooh i loved it - i just shared it on crafter...oo forum - i used your photo hope that is ok :o)

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  76. I found your blog through a post about this wreath on Baby Bumkins blog. LOVE IT! The wreath and YOUR BLOG! I’m a new follower and would sincerely appreciate if you’d visit my blog. Follow if you like it: My Tot Travels
    You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter
    Happy Travels,
    Lilli
    http://www.mytotstravel.com/

    My Tot Travels...
     Learning to Parent on the Road of Life (and great tips for traveling with kids)

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  77. Just wanted to let ya know. I took your idea and ran with it.
    I posted it in my blog and have you linked up.
    http://jordee88.blogspot.com/

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  78. I also loved your idea and made my own wreath. Just featured it on my blog at:

    http://thepriours.blogspot.com/2010/06/for-elyse.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  79. OMG I love this! I posted it on my blog and linked you. beautiful!!!

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  80. I also made this for my daughter's room and linked this post to my post. Thanks for the great inspiration!!! http://pumpkinpiecrafts.blogspot.com/2010/07/decorating-on-shoe-string-budget-part-i.html

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  81. Taylor~ I made a wreath for Grace's Pink PreK Party using your tutorial as inspiration! Thank you!!! I linked to yours, of course ;)

    http://littlepumpkingrace.blogspot.com/2010/07/easy-breezy-beautifultutorial.html

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  82. I was wondering if you poke a hole in the foam?

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  83. I am yet another fan who made one...two, actually, to use for a baby shower. SO great! Thank you so much for sharing this.

    I posted photos of mine and linked back to this post. http://make-happy.blogspot.com/2010/11/autumn-baby-shower-paper-wreath.html

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  84. this is just GORGEOUS. wow. thanks for the tutorial!

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  85. So doing this! I have a huge bag of paper bags that needs upcycling.

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  86. I just did this tonight and it came out amazing..Thanks so much

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  87. I saw this the other day and fell in love with it! If you haven't done it yet, please find something to protect your fingers from the hot glue gun; I have a few more little blisters than I did when I began this adventure. Also, this took me much longer than others said, but I love it enough that I don't mind. :-)

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  88. Cutest wreath ever!! Featuring this tomorrow on my blog, hope you will swing by and take a look. All the best,

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  89. Sooo cute! I love butterfly decor, especially for birthday parties for little girls. If you're looking for other cute butterfly ideas check out Martha Stewart's website. She's got everything from butterfly bouquets to butterfly cocktail straws. Just a suggestion for this craft, I made a similar wreath out of coffee filters (which come in brown) adapted from a project featured on the blog Our Daily Chocolate. It turns out a bit fuller than this one but on the plus side they're cheap and precut! Happy crafting everyone!

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  90. Thanks for sharing. I put pictures up on my blog and linked it back to this post. Thanks for the great idea. Check mine out if you'd like.
    http://ahenandherchicks.blogspot.com

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  91. This is so stiknin cute...come on over and link up to MMM :)

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  92. you wreath is beautiful!! I can't wait to make one :)

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  93. Great project! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this project on our Facebook page with almost 12,000 fans. We’d love it if you’d use our Featured Blogger button, available at: http://www.dailycraft.com/thank-you-for-crafting/. Our audience loved the project and we look forward to sharing more from you. Please let us know if you have any questions or projects you’d love us to feature! Thanks!

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  94. I saw this on Tutu's and Glue Dots blog, and absolutely fell in love with the idea of paper bag wreath, what a clever idea and so creative. I then showed it to a good friend of mine and we are going to make one each together. I can't wait. My friend was so interested in it that she was almost late picking up her daughter from school, she was so focused on your tutorial, lol. Thanks, for such a great idea!!!!!!

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  95. Gorgeous! I have to get some punches - they seem to have made so much easier! A lovely project for here in Australia for Autumn too!

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  96. Beautiful! Not sure if anyone mentioned that Stampin Up has a butterfly punch that looks just like that. Much easier than cutting out all the butterflies.

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  97. Beautiful! Not sure if anyone mentioned that Stampin Up has a butterfly punch that looks just like that. Much easier than cutting out all the butterflies.

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