Thursday, September 13, 2012

Butterflies Under Glass


I love going to the Museum of Natural History in New York and looking at all of the bugs and butterflies behind glass.  Ok, big fan of the Wooly Mammoths, too,  but I couldn’t figure out a way to put one of those under glass.  I've seen similar versions of these glass encased butterflies selling for some serious cash at high end design stores, so I decided to make my own for THE BIG ASS BOOK OF HOME DECOR (Abrams 2010).   Check out your local craft stores for hand painted feather butterflies.  They come in packages of 6 or 8 and they are reasonably priced and hard to resist.  You'll want to stick them on everything!  For a twist on this, you might want to have your kids paint butterflies and switch them out for the ones I used?

1 or 2 packages of different sized feather butterflies
Hot glue and glue gun
Twigs from your yard
Glass vase
Glass candle plate (make sure the candle plate covers the mouth of the glass vase)
2x2 or 3x3 wood block
Drill with 1/4” drill bit
1.      Drill a hole in your 2x2 piece of wood so that the base of your twig can fit inside of the hole. 
2.      Insert your twig and hold it in place with some hot glue.
3.      Measure the inside of the vase and cut your twigs to size so that the twigs fit inside of the vase when it’s upside down.
4.      Carefully glue the butterflies in place on the twigs.
5.      Keep putting the vase (upside down) over the twigs with the butterflies to make sure that you have enough room inside.
6.      When you’re done gluing all of the butterflies on the twigs, cover it with the vase.
7.      Glue the vase to the candle plate to keep it from shifting around.
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  1. Wow Mark - that is fabulous! Didn't even know you had a Home Decor Book. Check out this variation that I made back for earth day...using a recycled liquor bottle dome...

  2. I'm totally going to make this for my mom for christmas!

  3. This is gorgeous-I'm seeing some great holiday variations in my brain.Thank you Mark!

  4. I really like this idea Mark. I have been wanting to do some quilled butterflies, under glass.

  5. how fun is this! Fabulous idea Mark!!!

  6. How they look amazing I'm going to give it a go thank you