A “Make Your Own Butterfly” Craft

This Victorian butterfly craft is one you’re sure to enjoy. Victorian ladies used sprays of flowers, beetles, bugs and butterflies to decorate lampshades, to pin to the window curtains, to fasten on the wall over a picture frame; in fact, wherever a convenient spot afforded a resting-place it was quite in order to fasten a bug of some kind — not the real thing, of course, but just as good an imitation as nimble fingers could fashion.

We show here, in the figure above, a butterfly which can be attached to a lamp shade, or any of the places mentioned, with good effect.

Butterfly Craft

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Trace the shape of the wings and enlarge twice the given size (of the enlarged version). This can be easily accomplished by either using your computer graphic program or by using the enlargement feature on most copiers.

Cut the wings out of black velvet paper, or if preferred, black crepe paper; paint with liquid gold paint the markings shown in illustration, and fasten a fine wire around the wings on the wrong side.

To make the body, roll a piece of cotton lengthwise until it is about twice the size of a lead pencil in thickness, wrap it around with the black paper and tie a piece of wire around the neck and at intervals down the length of the body; fasten in pieces of wire for feet, and two wires in the head, as shown; these must be gilded.

Fasten the wings to the body by means of hot glue. Several of these butterflies made up of different colored paper would be very useful for filling up bare-looking spaces.

You can see how this butterfly craft would be a favorite during the Victorian era. Wouldn't a few look nice somewhere in your home?

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