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Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Hi Y'all...just in case you missed it, I was guest posting yesterday over at A Rosie Sweet Home.    A big thanks to Rose for having me over! So here is what I of my latest quickie projects...quickie cause' you can do it in a favorite kind!
This butterfly collection has been in the closet for years. My step dad was a teacher and this was one of his classroom teaching tools....pretty butterflies, but kinda scientific looking.
After seeing some pretty "fake" butterflies at Michael's, I decided I could use the real ones to make a cute shadow box.

I had the butterflies but I didn't have a shadow box, and new boxes cost to much for my craft to the thrift store! I didn't find what I was lookin' for that day, but like a true thrifter, I kept on looking until I did find em' only took about a month.
Only 50 cents....yeah!
I found this set of three shadow boxes for only fifty cents each....that's my kinda deal! For this project I only used the smallest box, but I plan on using the others...when I get a free minute (maybe 2020)! I had to disassemble the box and pry out the junk cute little trinkets from inside, then prime and paint...

Next I picked my favorite butterfly, but I broke the wing so I had to pick my second favorite to put in the box. I used a dab of Gorilla wood glue and a straight pin to display the butterfly...and here it is...

This makes me feel like Spring is here...what do you think? I hope you enjoyed my project, and I would love if you left some comment love! 
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Lindsey Hohman said...

That is my kind of craft! I love something that is done in a day and really didn't cost me money... $.50 doesn't count! :) Great job! Using what you already had!

Amy - while wearing heels said...

Oh my! I LOVE IT! The butterflies looked beautiful in the original display BUT in your version make them look updated, chic, cool, modern. I just love it!

Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

Wow, it is lovely! That is just gorgeous. :-) Thanks so much for sharing.

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

Your shadowbox turned out beautifully! Definitely worth the wait scoping out the thrift stores :) What beautiful, vibrant colours! Right now the only butterflies in my yard are orange and black but it's only just starting to warm up.

Michelle said...

It's pretty!

Debbie {Visual Eye Candy} said...

Oh I love it, it turned out pretty!

Just Jaime said...

Gorgeous! I love how it really showcases the butterfly!

Michele said...

So pretty! I hope you make some others and put those in a blog party, too.

Stacey said...

Very pretty Lori.
Reminds me of my childhood when my father used to take me out to catch butterflies.
Thanks for linking up this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Jody and Stan said...

What a perfect frame and making it yourself too! Awesome butterfly. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays!


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh cool, like little individual works of art! Like something you'd see at Anthropologie!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Lori,I love your thrifting creativity!Good for you to hold out and find that great frame will all the junk/trinkets taken out and cleaned up.
What captivating butterflies! Now one little butterfly as a pretty box all it's own!
I don't have a butterfly collection, but I bet I could do this with some great fakes!
So glad I stopped by!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

Love the butterfly box.
Great summery idea.

Thank you for linking it up at our link party: As always, I love your ideas, and look forward what you'll bring us this week, as a brand new party will open today!