craft : butterfly garlands



congratulations to Joyce who is the winner of our giveaway! thank you all for sharing your summer/winter highlights with us. it was interesting to read how just about all of you enjoyed spending time with your families and we're no different. we also learned about some nice trips people took, too. good to know since we're such terrible trip planners.



after watching the summertime swing video from coldplay i mentioned last week, i made these garlands. i just couldn't take it anymore! they're always featuring butterflies and release paper butterfly confetti during their concerts, which must be so cool!



except for the butterfly craft punch i picked up at michael's with a coupon, i figured i could make my own butterflies using things i already owned. i used vintage wallpaper, scrapbook paper, brown paper bags and doilies for petticoats (inner wings). then, i strung some together using waxed or baker's twine and glue. i'm not quite done with them and sure there will be a few extras for a future giveaway. thanks again for visiting and spending some of your time with us, everyone!

note : after some searching, i found the waxed twine at the caning shop.

xo, cindy

ps you can download a free live album from coldplay on their site. it's really good. i would like to hear more songs like no.7. i write about them, a lot. they should send me some butterflies ;)!

30 comments:

Line said...

you made those they are lovely!!!

blue moss said...

love love love your garland!!

blue moss said...

and the lovely photos of the garland

erin said...

so sweet!!

inthetweeds said...

SO CUTE! And random question I really should know the answer to - where does one buy waxed or baker's twine? Just Michael's?

Joyce said...

Breath, breath.... Oh my stars! Cindy, Scott (and Charlie too!) Thank you so... much!
I wish you were sitting here when I first opened your post. My eyes went directly to the butterflies (it will be a year this Saturday, my sweet daddy passed away and you know about my butterfly story afterwards)after a few minutes looking at your beautiful butterflies I started to read thinking oh sweet another Joyce won- I don't know too many Joyce so I clicked and landed on my site. Hmmm... that is strange how did I get back here?! I did this a couple of time till it registered. LOL... THANK YOU so much!! Sometimes higher power has a way working the magic at the right time. Have a golden day my sweet friends!! XOXO....

cindy said...

thanks everyone! i bought the waxed twine years ago after seeing something in martha stewart living i'm sure, but i don't remember where i got it. i've never found a use for it until now. i do like this twine because you can give it some form vs. just hanging there limp.

the baker's twine was saved from boxes from the bakery, but you can get it in michael's and people sell it on etsy in all colors, too.

Julia said...

What beautiful, beautiful butterfly garlands--they look so charming all strung up like that :)

Neva Campbell said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this...Following :)

Krissy said...

Cindy- they are so stunning! Will you be putting them on Etsy?!? I would SO buy them....

cindy said...

joyce - i didn't know you at the time or the story about the butterfly and your dad. i do now and it is amazing. i got the idea to do these garlands this past weekend. i've never made them before or thought about doing so. it could be a sign because you were so kind to share your personal story since you had experienced a similar health issue as scott's mom and it helped us. i do believe in things like that. i hope it is.

Pascale said...

"Oohh! That's pretty!" That's what my oldest one said when she looked over my shoulder...
Gorgeous butterflies! We need to try this, too!

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Oh cindy, they're gorgeous!
And I will be heading over to Coldplay's site this afternoon.
I have a link to a DOUBLE GIVEAWAY on my site today...one is for one of my Once Upon a Time watercolours!
Char

Elizabeth said...

Those are so cute Cindy!!

cindy* said...

lovely! maybe you could trade butterflies w/ coldplay ;)

darling savage said...

so pretty! what a lovely idea, they are gorgeous.

cupcake studio said...

Your butterfly garland is just dear! Really pretty!

Candi said...

I love your garland, it's beautiful! Thanks for the info on coldplay!!!

My name is PJ. said...

Fabulous!! Really sweet! My step-mother would ADORE this!!!

Mel said...

Love your blog!
It's very inspiring.
-M

the southern hostess said...

So beautiful! What a great idea.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Congrats to the winner!
Such charming idea...the doilies are perfect material to work on! I always love those butterflies made of feathers at the craft store as well. Lovely evening Cindy!
xo*

julie king said...

first i love coldpay! i was turned on to them by a blogger friend and was immediately hooked.

second, i love your butterflies. i can imagine a string of them floating near the ceiling in my art room. another craft to add to the must-do list!

third, i've missed your blog. this last few weeks have been hectic but i'm hoping will be better now that our busy season at work is winding down. take care!

Clementine said...

Cindy, this is such a lovely project--and result! The photos are gorgeous, the garland looks gorgeous, what a great post!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Your garland and the photos of your creation are just magnificent! I love how you have strung the butterflies together so they feel 3D, almost like they are fluttering in place. Gorgeous!

wild child said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your beautiful butterfly garland!!! And that first photo is just WONDERFUL!!! I should send you a pic of my butterfly tattoo :)

Love,
Meg xoxo

Melissa de la Fuente said...

These are SO beautiful hun! I love them and you have inspired me to make some too....
xo
Melis

maria said...

where did you get the baker's twine? I found some from www.packandseal.com ... but I'm always looking for better sources!

cindy said...

great melissa!

hi maria - i've pretty much used the bakery twine from the bakery. recently, i purchased a small quantity in brown from http://www.shopnicepackage.com/

Anonymous said...

I would like to buy some of your gorgeous garlands, Where are they forsale?