Paper Butterfly Decor: a Tutorial

When I started decorating my daughter’s nursery, I came across some cute paper butterfly decor (similar) from Pottery Barn Kids.  It’s no longer available, but no problem, use this tutorial to make your own!

Supplies:

  • Butterfly image to use as a pattern
  • Cardstock for pattern
  • Scrapbook paper to coordinate with your decor
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape

1. Find or draw a basic butterfly silhouette.  I used one that I found on Google Images.

2. Use any editing software to resize the image.  I chose to make three different sizes to keep it simple.

3. Print and cut out one of each size to use as your pattern.  Use a heavy weight paper for the pattern, like cardstock, so it will hold up better while you trace.

4. Trace the pattern onto the printed scrapbook paper you’ve chosen.  Then cut them out.

5. To make the butterflies 3-dimensional, I folded the wings up so they wouldn’t touch the wall.

6. Experiment with doubling up some of the different sizes and colors for a little more interest.

7. Stick them to the wall with double stick tape or wall putty.  I used a foam tape so they were lifted off the wall and looked like they were just flying by.

Voila!  Easy kids room decor for cheap.  This could easily be translated to a boys rooms with airplanes, or a number of other ideas.  Hot air balloons, birds, graphic shapes…the possibilities are endless.

See the rest of my daughter’s nursery here.

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Just Girly Enough

When my sweet baby girl was born 3 years ago, I wanted her room to be feminine but not overly girly. While I love the color pink, I’m not a big fan of the all pink all the time for girls.  So I bring you the Just Girly Enough room (that my daughter happens to love).

I found some paper butterflies (which are no longer available) from Pottery Barn Kids.  But they were kind of pricey and they seemed easy enough to make with scrapbooking paper.  See my tutorial for making them.  By starting with the largest size at the bottom and smaller toward the top, it gives the impression that they are flying away.  Love!  I saved one to use at the top of the vintage beveled mirror, it reminds me of the bluebirds in Cinderella flying with her dress in their beaks.

I also made this scalloped ruffled bunting with her name.  This was super simple to make.  I traced half of one of our dinner plates on some cute shabby chic fabric, stenciled the letters using fabric paint, sewed the front and back of the scallops together then sewed a ruffle across the top.

Other personal touches include this amazing zebra pixel art that my husband did in high school, his baby shoes, sentimental photographs and a lovely photo album I received at my baby shower.  And I LOVE these pink poodle bookends that I randomly found at a garden center.  I used all kinds of pregnancy excuses to justify this purchase to my husband.  They are just to cute, they had to come home with me.

Several months after she was born, I finally got around to sewing this box pleat valance for her room.  I thought the brown polka dot fabric gave the room some balance since the furniture is two-toned.  The little bows make it sweet but not two girly.  I tried the bunting under the window too, but learned quickly that my growing babe could reach it and pull it down.  You might also notice that a couple of the lower butterflies are also missing.  The taller she got, the faster the butterflies disappeared.  So sad.

I wanted to show this room now, so I could savor the memory of her sweet arrival and the home we made for her.  As she is now approaching 3 and a half, I am starting to think about what her new big girl room is going to look like.  I guess this time she will have some input on the decor, but I am looking forward to it because she is such an imaginative little girl.

Mommy’s Little Hero: Fireman onesies

My entry into Shwin&Shwin’s Link Party  sponsored by Appliances Online.

When my sister in law announced her 4th pregnancy was going to be a boy I knew almost instantly what I wanted to make for the baby.  Fire trucks are always a cute choice for little boys, but when your daddy is a fireman, well, then fire trucks are a must have.  I’ve been wanting to try freezer paper stenciling, and this seemed like a good time to try it out.  And I thought adding some personal touches would make for a sweet gift and keepsake.

So with this idea monopolizing all my waking thoughts, I set off to try my hand at freezer paper stenciling.  Awhile back I pinned this awesome tutorial from Made.  It was super easy to follow and she has some cute project ideas too.  I kinda want to stencil everything now.

First order of business was to find freezer paper.  Um, not as easy as you might think.  Traditionally used for packaging meats, freezer paper would surely be sold in grocery stores right?  Wrong.  Target?  Um no.  Drugstore?  Nope.  Seriously I went to 5 stores looking for this stuff and finally found it at a…hardware store!  Thank you True Value for being my local go to for all the things I need that big box stores can’t be bothered to carry.

Okay back to stenciling.  With all my supplies finally in place, I set out to tracing and cutting my stencil.  I say stencil, because my original plan was one shirt, the one with the firefighter emblem on it.  But then I thought, ooh, I can add a name to the back.  Ooh, and what about a little fire truck.  And so on, and so on.  So I made 4 shirts, I love them all and I’m glad I did them.  Just note, this is a highly addictive craft and you will want to keep going.

I found the images on Google and then used Word to write out the names and phrases.  The hardest part was tracing and cutting out all the details, that took the longest.  After ironing the shiny side of stencil to the shirt, I covered it with two coats of paint and let it dry overnight.  I think it took me 2 or 3 evenings to make these and they all turned out perfect the first time.  Which is a good thing, since I am a procrastinator and peeled the last stencil off the morning of the baby shower.

They’re all so cute, it’s hard to choose my favorite.  I love the “L’il Engine #4” with the old fashion fire engine.  Of course the emblem has daddy’s ladder “L-5” and name on the back just like a real firefighter.  It’s hard to choose.

I’m very happy with how they turned out.  My sister in law and I both cried when she opened them, sappy right?  I’m not even pregnant.  I can’t wait to see the little bugger in them.  I’ll add a photo of him once they fit.

I love seeing clothes on baby bumps!  Isn’t she gorgeous?  Hard to believe there will be a new little bundle in just a few weeks!

This post was shared over at Shwin&Shwin, Link Party #33.