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About the Butterflies...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

When I shared pictures from the kitchen last week, a few of you inquired about the butterflies.  I know there must a million and three butterfly projects around the blogs, and here is one more.

I used unfinished shadow boxes from AC Moore that I bought with a coupon.  The must have cost around $5 after the coupon.  I primed and sprayed them with a can of glossy black on the exterior and white on the inside edges.  The inside backs were rough so I used spray adhesive to line the backs with white card stock.

These are the butterflies I used.  They are made of thin wood and are located in the scrap book section at Micheals.  I think they were around $2 after the coupon.

I played around with several different arrangements, but finally settled on this one with the blues together and the yellows together.  They were attached to the shadow boxes using a hot glue gun.  I'm tempted to go back and get another set to fill them in more, but for now they make me happy.


  1. Oh I love this!! Such a great idea! I will have to make a few for gifts for my butterfly friends and family! Thanks bunches, Linda

  2. That is a great idea. i need to step up my creativity level a notch. I just assumed those butterflies were a project from someone's biology class!!

  3. I love these, I had seen them in previous photos and wondered about them, thanks for sharing the idea!

  4. Great project! I have a couple of shadow boxes of real ones(for shame, I know) caught by the hubs when he was a boy. I love how you've arranged yours.

    I use a coupon every time I buy something from A.C. Moore, too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. how awesome! i love that no butterflies were harmed in the making of this artwork. :)

  6. Hi Rene! I hope you are doing well. I am loving all the changes that you have been making in your home, your entry way is gorgeous! I hope you are enjoying your summer, it seems to be flying by and very busy!
    Enjoy your day and hopefully you are staying cool. :)

  7. I'm impressed! (as usual) I saw something similar in Pottery Barn and just assumed you bought them there! I should have known better. ;-)

    P.S. I linked to your post on Bamboo Shades today!

  8. such a great idea! and so pretty in your kitchen!

  9. Like this DIY Rene!! I might just have to copy it!

  10. Love your butterlfy Art Rene!

  11. I love it!! So cute and simple:)

  12. What a great take on butterfly specimen art! I like that you grouped the colors together.

  13. I think your arrangement and number of butterflies is perfectly artful!

  14. You'll laugh
    when I tell you
    that I have been
    shopping for the
    real McCoy! My
    daughter has one
    real butterfly pic
    in her room and
    it's gorgeous. Now
    I've got another
    xx Suzanne

  15. I love your butterflies. I think they're perfectly arranged and love the blues together and the yellows together. Nice job, Rene! It adds a lovely touch in your kitchen.

  16. I would have gone about this project in a much more difficult and expensive way! Way to keep it simple and pretty! love them!

  17. I'm definitely going to make one of these. Love how yours turned out. Thanks for the inspiration!


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