Thursday, August 27, 2009

Butterfly Mobiles

Here are the instructions for the butterfly strings that we made last Friday. I promised I would give you the instructions - and here they are! I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!

Butterfly Mobiles:

  1. Cut out two squares of clear book covering film. (contact) Peel the backing paper off one of the squares. Then it lay it with the sticky side up.Check Spelling
  2. Cut two or three long pieces of embroidery cotton into lots of little pieces. You can use different colours to make your butterflys more exciting. Cut out lots of pieces of thin material, net and tissue paper, too.
  3. Sprinkle the cotton and material over the sticky film and gently lay it on top.
  4. Fold a piece of card stock in half. Draw a butterfly wing against the fold and cut it out. Unfold the wings and lay them on the film.
  5. Trace around the butterfly pattern and cut the butterfly out. Make about four butterflys.
  6. Cut out a long piece of thread. Push one end of the cotton through a large bead and tie several knots. Then trim the short end off the cotton.
  7. thread a needle onto the cotton. Push a little bead onto the needle, then sew through it again to secure it. Add more beads above it.
  8. Push the needle through the middle of one pair of wings and push it down onto the beads. Then, thread on more little beads.
  9. Add more beads and the other wings in the same way, leaving short lenghs of cotton showing in between each set of beads.
Be careful not to put too much cotton on your film, otherwise the two pieces of film will not stick together and your butterflys will fall apart.

We had great fun making these, though I had a struggle cutting the cotton. You can shake some glitter onto your piece of film as well. You can also put some sequins on to make it look pretty.

Nancy sprinking the cotton over the film.

I cut my cotton over the film, so I did not have to sprinkle the cotton.

My butterfly mobile. I put different coloured beads on mine.

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