Thursday, September 10, 2009

DIY: 3D Butterfly Wall Art

Say that blog title 3 times fast!

This post is about a little DIY project that was small but mighty. During one of our frequent trips to Home Depot I snatched up the latest issue of Better Homes and Garden's "100 Decorating Ideas." I really love their special editions and succumb to paying nearly $6 a pop for them. With every issue there are things I like and others I could do without. However, this certain magazine had an article with a project I just had to try!

You know how many people are digging those 3D white flowers right now? Well I've liked them for awhile, even before YHL wrote about them and hung them in their guest bedroom. The way John and Sherry placed them was very similar to my plans for them, too!

I've always hesitated on buying them for some odd reason and I guess now I know why!

Because of this article in the magazine, I was inspired to make my own 3D wall art in the shape of butterflies! All it took was a couple of cheapie supplies {wax paper,rolling pin, razor blade, white clay, spray paint, butterfly inspiration art, foam stickies},a patient hand, and some serious practice makes perfect.

At first I tried to cut the butterflies free-handed, but was quickly reminded that I am nowhere near a good artist. So I turned to the ever-so-handy google images, found a couple different shapes and sizes of butterfly clip art, printed 'em out, and used them as my tracing patterns for the rest.

I'd like to say I had a number or a design in my head, but really, I didn't. I made about as many as I could before I was sick of rolling out the Crayola clay that looked like yummy sugar cookie batter.

Once they were all shaped and formed, I let them dry for a couple of hours since the cheapie clay I bought had strict instructions NOT to bake it.

On about the end of the second day of drying I took them out back and spray painted them white with my favorite Krylon spray paint.

Tonight after our master's class we stopped by Michael's and picked up some foam double sided stickies to adhere to both the butterflies and the wall. We bought the magnets that you see in the pic, but they were more expensive and not nearly as effective!

I was hesitant at first to stick them on the wall, but let me tell you, with all the mistakes I made arranging and rearranging, that stuff comes right off. It is exactly similar to those no-mess 3m hooks that cost a fortune!

Before I put them on the wall all willy-nilly, I did take a picture of a layout I liked and referred back to it as I placed them on the wall, making some minor tweaks here and there.

It took about an hour to hang all of them because I would hang one, step back and look, hang another, then crack one {oops!}. When a crack occurred, I solved it super quick with clear liquid nails. There's no job too big or small for that stuff! I'm happy to say that only one butterfly was beyond repair after I cracked it!

And, finally, the finished product both far and close.

Hope you enjoyed my little DIY wall art fun!

xoxo

{Stay tuned for a post on those fun ceiling medallions!}

26 comments:

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Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I just wrote about my wallflowers yesterday. One of the things I didn't like about them was how they felt a little cheap. I love yours butterflies!

julie said...

I am in love with those! What a cool idea!

Jenny said...

What an amazing idea! I would have never of thought of that. We have this really awkward place in our master that is a huge space and I need some relatively inexpensive to fill it. I am now inspired so thank you!

thekettrickfive said...

Amazing!!! I have the flowers on my bedroom wall...now it looks like I will have to try these too for another room. Love it!!! And love the living room!!!

Elise said...

Beautiful header ! Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeously beautiful site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes... Happy weekend....

Suzie said...

Fantastic!

Yes Divas CAN Cook said...

Those are so cutesy!

The Juggling Francophile said...

Joi, what a great detail! It looks beautiful!

melissa said...

Oh my God....I am in love with this and will promptly steal it as soon as I get a free minute!!!

Jesse said...

Very sweet Mrs. Crafty! =) They are perfect in that spot.

Freckles Chick said...

Girl, you are on a roll w/ all of your fabulous rooms and creations.

I am seething w/ jealousy over here. Which is driving me to drink even more wine than usual. =]

Courtney said...

So cute, go you!

The DIY Show Off said...

Great job! This is a great DIY project and so pretty! I love that you came up with a creative way to make them yourself.

Roeshel

Brittany@Superwoman said...

This would be tons of fun to do in my daughter's room. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon said...

Love those! I am going to have to try that one very soon!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a great project! I am a sucker for those BHG special issues as well. They always have so many good ideas and inspiring pictures. Thanks for sharing!

pixelhazard said...

Oh wow, you have left me no choice but to do something similar at my place. so wonderful!

Mama Thompson said...

I LOVE these and have put this idea into my "to do" file...just in case I ever have a baby girl, I would love these up the wall over the crib...thanks for the great idea! And I LOVE your photography...beautiful!

Allison aka Half of VAMH said...

Dang - I love it! I would love to do something like that in our sunroom - {bookmarked}

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Wonderful finds here! Also, I made an interesting discovery. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote about it this month…
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Bring Out The YOU In Your Home Decor!
Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Different tastes in decor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
Bring out the Y-O-U!
Make a statement and let your personality shine through! Add your zing to make it pop. Hang something personal on the wall with a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. The trend for decor is becoming more and more personalized.
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Bromeliad said...

How cute. I've been on a 'butterfly wall art' kick lately. This is definitely a cool rendition.

Jasmin said...

Those butterflies look adorable. I moving to my new flat next month and was looking for something interesting to decorate my hallway. I hope mine will turn out nearly as good as yours.

Great idea!

Crowder7 said...

Super cute! I am going to do it at home. I made clay beads for my christmas tree one year. I never used them because I wanted to have them fired. If you fired your butterflies would they not be more sturdy and look even more professional? I think you have the makings of a beautiful business! You should consider it!

Forgetful Mom said...

I really like this idea. It is perfect for adding the touchs of "girl" that I am looking to add to my daughters room.

Anonymous said...

Good one, please enable pin it from pinterest.

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