Easy craft: Butterfly Mobile

Hello! It’s been a while since my last post…oops! If you’ve been waiting for a new post, thanks for waiting!

Lately I’ve been working on my kids’ clothing store, and it’s finally coming together now.

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Today, I will post on a butterfly mobile which I made for the girls section.

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You can use colored paper, but I think tracing paper works the best.  You just paint it in the colors you want with acrylic paint.  Here I overlapped colors to make whimsical colors for the butterflies.

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While paint is drying, make multiple balls in different sizes with transparent sewing thread.  I use this thread to sew clothes for my dolls, too.  It is even lighter and thinner than fishing wire, so it’s perfect for something like this craft.  Just take some thread out, roll it between your palms, and there you have them!

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Once the paint is dry, punch out the shapes you want with a hole puncher.  I found this tiny butterfly hole puncher at the craft store.  They had bunch of other shapes, so exciting!

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Fold the butterflies in half with the colored side out.  (sorry no pictures!)

Like the photo below, hang down your thread ball with some extra thread, and you’re ready to start putting your butterflies up.

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It is a lot easier to use tweezers for this part. They come in super handy for many of the miniature crafts, so if you don’t own a pair, I highly recommend them. 😉

Pour some clear drying clue out, and dip the folded part of the butterfly into it.

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Put the butterfly with glue up on the thread ball.  Start from the middle of the ball, and work your way out.

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This is how your ball should look like when you are done.  Repeat the same process with other balls and hang them up together from the ceiling.

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I tried other designs of butterfly mobiles, but this one is the easiest to make and doesn’t drive me crazy with all the tangled up threads. I hope you like it!

Simple Craft: Paper Hydrangeas (revised version)

Yesterday I posted on how to make paper hydrangeas.  Today as I was making some more with my son, I realized that I can make these even faster.  So, today’s post is a revised version of yesterday’s paper hydrangea tutorial.  I will also go into how to turn them into bushes like the ones in the photo below.

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  • white printer paper
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • glue (the kind that dries clear)
  • toothpicks
  • scissors
  • a container
  • green leaves from silk flowers
  • air drying clay
  • tea leaves
  • glue
  • brush
  • nippers

In this version, with any color of flowers, we’ll start with white piece of paper.  One sheet of A4 (8.5in x 11in) printer paper will make 6 heads of hydrangea flowers.  (Please disregard the colors on the paper in the pictures. :p  )

1.  First cut the A4 white paper in half.

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2.  Take one half, and fold it in half twice.

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3.  Leaving the folded side uncut, make strips on the folded paper about 1.5mm thick each.

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4.  Cut the strips into squares.

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5.  Put the tiny square confetti in a container.

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6.  With your fingers, take a pinch of confetti, push and roll them to make them curl up and get deformed.

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7.  Rip the other half of A4 paper into 6 pieces.   Make each piece into a small ball.

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8.  Open up the ball of paper, and put some glue on it.

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9.  Fold in the edges of the paper and re-make the ball.

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10.  On a bunched up side, put some glue in the dip. (You can also use a low-temp glue gun if you have an access to it.)

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11.  Flip the ball of paper and stick in a toothpick in the dip filled with glue.

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12.  Once the glue is dry, cover the surface of the ball with glue, then sprinkle the confetti all over to cover the ball.  You can also dip in the ball to coat it with confetti.

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13.  Let the glue to dry completely.

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14.  Mix some water and paint of your choice for the flowers, and add about the same part of glue in the mixture.  Mix well.

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15.  With a brush, dab the mixture onto the balls.

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16.  Let the balls dry, and you should have pretty sturdy hydrangea balls.

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17.  Paint the toothpicks green. Let it dry.

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18. Bunch up the silk flower leaves together to make a bush.  (you can skip this part and go to step 20, if you prefer.)

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19.  Trim the bush.

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20.  Mount the bush in some air drying clay.  You can use any color of clay, as long as you color it brown or green like the ground.  (If you didn’t make the bush first, then Just stick the leaves in the clay.  You might want to use glue or glue gun to reinforce it from tipping over.)

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21.  Cover the mound of clay with glue, and sprinkle tea leaves for green, turf powder for green on top.

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22.  Cut the toothpicks to the length you want for the stems, and push them in the mound of clay.

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23.  Once the clay and glue are dry, your hydrangea bushes are ready to go! If you want to make sure that you don’t get tea leaf bits falling off, you can just mix some glue and water and coat the mound.

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Simple Craft: Hydrangeas (paper craft)

!! Click here for the revised version of this craft!!

It is rainy season where I live, and hydrangeas are in bloom. I thought it would be a good idea to try and add some Hydrangeas to my Sylvanian Families town.  I started to make them with polymer clay as usual, but soon realized that I could create these pretty easily out of paper instead.

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It turned out, that doing this with paper was much easier than clay.  Although I still prefer the detail of the clay Hydrangeas, this paper version is definitely faster to make and doesn’t stick out amongst clay flowers in my SF flower shop.

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  • plain white printer paper
  • scissors
  • glue (the kind that dries clear)
  • toothpick or flower wire

1.  First, paint both sides of your paper in the color you want your Hydrangeas to be. I watered down my paint quite a bit.

*If you happen to have some lower quality colored paper, you can skip the painting and drying part.  Make sure your paper isn’t too thick or strong.

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2.  Dry your paper.  You can use a hair dryer if you are in a hurry.  That’s what I did!

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3.  Cut out a small piece – a little of this goes a long way!

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4.  With scissors, make slits, making about 1.5mm thick strips on one end.  Leave the other end uncut.

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5.  Fold the paper like the picture below.

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6.  Cut tiny squares out holding the part of paper you left uncut.

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7.  In a small container or in your palm, pick up a pinch of your squares and roll them between your thumb and index finger. You want to make the edges of the squares start to curl up. Repeat until most of the squares are curled up.

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8.  Take a small piece of the same paper, and roll it into a ball.

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9.  Open up the ball, and roll it up again. Repeat this a couple of times to make the shape of the paper ball nice and round.

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10.  Put some glue all over your paper ball.

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11.  Put the ball in the container filled with your tiny squares. Roll it around so that the squares will stick all over the surface.  Be careful not to push too hard, or you squares will stick on flat, which you want to avoid doing.

*I found it out later that it is better to insert the stem (or a toothpick) into the ball first before doing this. You can then hold onto the stem while dipping the glued ball into your home made confetti.

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12.  Dry the Hydrangea heads on sticks.

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13.  Coat the heads with slightly watered down glue to avoid them from falling apart later.

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14. For the leaves (as seen with the hydrangeas in the vase), I just used some store bought silk flower greens, which are similar to Hydrangea leaves in shape.  I just painted them with acrylic paint.