Butterfly Book Branches

One of the things we've learned about adult programming at the library is that craft programs - of any difficulty, of any variety - are inevitably very popular.

 Which works out well, because we are crafty people. ;-)

The last program helmed by Monica and myself were butterfly branches - inspiration gleaned from Pinterest but given our own (bookish) spin...

Butterfly Branch

Begin with some somewhat sturdy branches - best if removed from Monica's front yard, to cut down on later spring tidying. ;-)

Arrange in a vase, jar or in a swag. Easy so far, right?

Next, we took pages from old, discarded paperback books and ran them through our Accucut machine, but you could also hand cut out, or use a Cricut machine, etc. We went with butterflies, but you could do birdies, flowers, anything you like!

(We both agreed that, for example, our backhoe Accucut might not have the same "delicate spring" sensibility to it, though.)

From here, you can be creative. We outlined butterflies with markers...we glittered them...we gave them a colour wash with coloured pencils, we left them as is, we glitter glued them...whatever strikes your fancy.

For my own branch bouquet (currently residing in my office), I wanted simple spring...just a variety of colour outlines.

(I love me a coloured Sharpie!)

Then, affix to your branches either with a thin thread (just sewing thread works great here), or with hot glue. I did both, so some would stay in place and some would wave in the (artificial) breeze...

Pretty, no?

Hand Crafted Butterflies

We liked them so much at the library, we ended up making several and using them as centerpieces for our annual Friends Dinner and Program (complete with candlelight for effect!)...

My Handiwork

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