Just as real butterflies undergo a complete metamorphosis during their lifetime, these heavenly butterflies begin life as plastic soda bottles. With a little help, those curved pieces of plastic will soon become butterfly wings. How magical is that?
- Jewelery pins or magnets (optional)
- White Pearl Dimensional Fabric Paint
- Butterfly Pattern (children’s coloring books are a good source of butterfly patterns, or print and use the butterfly templates on this page)
- Gallery glass paint
- Pearl Stamens for antennae
- Clear plastic pop bottle
Cut a section of a plastic pop bottle or similar (large enough to fit your pattern). Using a craft knife to puncture the bottle works well and scissors will cut the plastic easily.
Place your butterfly pattern on the reverse side of the plastic (you will be able to see your pattern through the plastic). Using dimensional fabric paint, paint the outlines of the butterfly (all marked lines and fill dotted area with fabric paint). Looking at our project photos will help you understand how to proceed.
Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours — or be very careful if you decide to proceed without allowing the paint to dry (I’m not very patient and couldn’t wait). You can easily smudge your fabric paint, so be aware!
Using your gallery glass paint (I used soft green and cream for some butterflies and a soft coral and cream for the others), fill in all the unpainted areas, using two different shades as shown in photo.
Allow this paint to dry overnight.
Once the paint is all dry, carefully cut out your butterflies from the plastic.
To attach stamens, simply blot a dab of fabric paint to the head area, insert your stamen and allow to dry. The fabric paint will hold it securely.
The photos can’t show how truly beautiful these butterflies are. They really are spectacular!