Thursday, March 3, 2011

Butterfly Clips Tutorial

Recently I was visiting my parents, and reading their magazines (as you do!). In the letters page of Take 5 Magazine, I came across reference to an article from an issue sometime last year. It was a small picture, to be sure. I squinted away and read the instructions, the font about sz 1. Talk about super-small! But I knew I had to try their crafty project! I loved the end result, and I really wanted to share it with you all too. The instructions and wording for the tutorial are my own, however there is no-way I could have done it without their inspiration!
The templates were drawn by myself free-handed, if you're feeling adventurous you could do the same! Alternatively, I have created a PDF file with the templates and written instructions.

Download Printable Instructions

You will need:
Butterfly wing templates
Mini Bulldog Clips
Decorative/Scrapbooking paper (sturdy is best)
Hot Glue Gun

Select the paper that you would like to use for the wings. This is the best part! Pink and purple are my favourite colours, and I loved the sheet-music styling.

I played around a little with the colour/pattern combinations until I found what I liked.

Using the hot glue gun, place a line of glue onto the back of the bulldog clip. I brought my clips at Smiggle, I love their funky colours! Make sure that the arms of the clip are folded back like the image below, so they won't get in the way. Press and hold the clip in place until the glue sets, ensuring good contact between paper and clip.

Place a line of glue down the centre of the large wings, and press the smaller set of wings firmly in place until the glue sets.

Go ahead and create your army butterfly farm! I've never worked with scrapbooking paper before, but I was delighted with the fact that have not one, but two different themes! Tres chic. And so you can make so many different combinations easily.

To attach to items, simply fold back the bulldog clip arms so they are touching the paper wings. Then clip away to your heart's content! They would look great adorning a gift... Can you imagine receiving a brown paper package tied with ribbon and a butterfly on top? I can...

Hopefully you have just as much fun as I did creating the butterflies. Very easy and very satisfying! Please let me know if you enjoyed the tutorial or if you have any problems with it!


  1. Hi, Sonia. these really turned out cute! I am featuring this today. do grab your featured button ^^)

    thanks for linking up and I hope to see you again this week! have a nice weekend! ^^)

  2. Thank you so much Lelanie! Tis very exciting for me indeed <3


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