Monday, February 17, 2014

Ribbon Butterfly How-To

  I had the pleasure of attending my first ever sponsored crafting event and boy was it FUN as you can see by Jocie's (One Project Closer's The Better Half) expression.

Michaels featured the inspirations, supplies and classroom and Hometalk invited the hosting bloggers and followers. What a blast!  An enjoyable and creative time was had by all.

Those of us who attended were told to check out Michaels' pinterest-inspired displays, decide on a project, either duplicate or do your own thing, buy your supplies, and meet in the classroom to create our own pin-worthy projects under the guidance of an invited blogger.

Jocie, was our bubbly host at the Ellicott City Michaels.  And guess what, she's even cuter in person! She is so talented and her project, Wood Letters on Burlap Canvas was awesome! It really was amazing to see it up close and so inspirational.

*I had to add this photo Jocie took!

I had been so indecisive as to what I would make.  I ended up hauling a lot of unnecessary supplies to the party since Michaels supplied all the needed tools to work with.  Wow!  See what you missed!

In any event,  I ended up doing my own thing, hand painting (with the wooded end of a sponge brush) flowers on a burlap wrapped canvas, scripting the word SMILE in jute twine and making a butterfly out of rolled ribbon.  Very simple to do!  And, btw, done with purple paint and ribbon!

While I was making the butterfly, someone in the group said, and I quote, "I could never do something as complicated as that!"  Whoa, complicated?  I think not!  I never do complicated!

 The butterfly was  so easy to make!  Here's how:

To make the head, put a little dab of hot glue on the end of a twelve inch ribbon and start rolling to the end.

Dab a little glue on the end and close.

Do the same for the other three smaller 6inch strips.

To complete the body, connect all the rolls with a little glue dabbed where the ends are glued for a seamless look.
 For the wings, dab a little glue on the end and roll a couple of times.
From the end roll, three inches away, add a dab of glue and glue the end at that spot, making a loop.  

Put a dab of glue on the top of the glued portion and wrap the ribbon over the loop pressing where you applied the glue

 Your ribbon should look like this:

Put a dab of glue on the ribbon end and loop it over and down on the opposite end.

Now the ribbon (wing) should look like this:

Repeat for the other 12 inch ribbon strip.

Do the same for the 9 inch ribbon strips, only after you roll the end, dab glue at the two inches away mark from the end roll, and loop.

Once the two different size loops are made, glue them together where the ends are showing.

Next, dab a bit of glue onto the end of the wings and attach to the body.

The end of the wings fit perfectly into the groove of the body.

For the antennae, I used two long pins with round balls.  Just insert with a little glue on the ends.

Smaller or larger butterflies can be made using shorter or longer pieces of ribbon or by using different materials. Now that you know how to make them, the choice is yours.  So easy!

I loved attending this free craft time at Michaels and I saw so many inspiring ideas!  Thanks Hometalk, Michaels, Pinterest and most of all, Jocie, for making this happen!

Until next time,

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!



  1. What a beautiful project, Gail and it was so much fun meeting you!!! xoxo

  2. Love how your project turned out Gail, and those butterflies are sooo cute. You make everything look so easy with such great instructions and pics.

  3. Gail it looks so good, I think I'm going to have to make some ribbon butterflies. Do you think they'd be easy o attach to a hair clip?

  4. So adorable, and you do make it look easy~I'm afraid mine would be a hot mess!

  5. Love your artwork AND your butterfly - I was supposed to join in on this and just haven't had the time - think I missed a lot of fun though !!!

  6. Oh Gail! What fun and what a great project! You always come up with something wonderful ...and purple! I wonder if our Michaels did this?


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