It has been quite wet today, so the kids and I have been doing some crafting. We've been talking about garden critters lately and this inspired us to make some of our own. The kids made some spiders and ants from floral wires and cotton wool, while I showed them how to make delicate-looking butterflies from paper.
These are so easy to make even for little hands, so I thought I'd post this tutorial just for you. (I realised that I had never posted one before on this blog. I felt quite bad about it, because there's nothing I'd like more than to share with other people my love for drawing and making things. But as I started taking photos for this post, I immediately remembered why I had shied away from posting tutorials. I don't like taking close-up shots of my hands because I have dreary fingernails. And now that I've drawn your attention to them, please just pretend not to see them when you look at the photos below. Thank you.)
First, take a square sheet of paper like this one. You can use whichever size you want. (I used a 3-inch square for this tutorial.)
Fold your sheet of paper in half. Now get your scissors ready.
Cut along the open edge of the paper so you get the shape shown above.
Now open up your paper and fold it into a concertina. . .
. . . until you have this.
Take a piece of thin wire or a paper clip and wrap it around the centre of your folded paper.
Open up the folds, et voila! A beautiful paper butterfly!
Make a whole load of butterflies and string them together to make a garland or hang them on the wall. They'd make pretty mobiles too!
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
I was hoping to have a lot of time in the summer holidays to just sit down and paint/crochet/sew/make other things, but alas, work has been terribly hectic. I don't even want to think about how we now only have two and a half weeks left before school starts. Where did all that time go?
I do have a couple of creative projects on the go, so please don't mourn for me just yet. I recently discovered the joy of beading, which I'm now trying to mix with crochet and painting to come up with a range of bracelets and necklaces, Art of Whimsy style. I'll post more about this new project once I've taken a few decent photos.
In the meantime, here's a picture from my sketchbook, an homage of sorts to everyone who's ever taken the trouble to help a complete stranger.