What should I call this thingy I made; 'birdhouse with butterfly', 'butterfly house', 'hanging spring ornament' or maybe 'paper latern shaped like a birdhouse and with a butterfly stuck in the middle' (hmmm...accurate but kinda long)??? Oh well, the name doesn't really matter now does it? Here I have a tutorial for you; real easy to make, with materials everyone has laying around and done in no time. As you can see I'm still celebrating my favorite season of all: SPRING!!
Glue (gluestick for paper)
Paper punch (heart shape)
Paper punch (butterfly shape)
Don't despair if you don't have the paper punches I've used. Any shape would really do, just keep the measurements in mind.
Step 1: Making a template
Take a small piece of cardboard (a square 4 cm is more then enough) and fold this in half. Draw half of a house on the cardboard and cut the shape you've drawn out. By the way...this is the perfect method to create identical sides to any shape you want to draw.
Check to see if the shape of the house you've obtained is to your liking.
Step 2: Making the walls
Cut out a strip of pretty paper (4 cm - 18 cm) and fold in half. Using the template draw the househalf 6 times and cut out.
Take the paper punch and punch out the hearts. To be able to punch exaclty in the middle first unfold the piece of paper and use the folding line as a guide. Turn your punch upside down and see if the folding line is in the middle of your punch.
Step 3: Glue together
Glue the folded pieces one on top of the other, don't glue the whole house together just yet. Leave the last two sides open. Leave to dry.
Step 4: Finishing touches
Color the cut edges with color pen or ink. I've used distress ink on mine.
Find your embroidery thread, a tiny bead and two tiny punches (I've used two butterflies)
Cut 16 cm of the embroidery thread and fold in half, tie a knot to leave a loop from which the house can be hung. Place a tiny bead unto the thread, underneath the knot.
Fold the house open and place the thread in the middle. Take two buttefly punches and determine the correct place on the thread to glue them. Glue the two butterflies on top of one another. Glue the remaining sides of the house together.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial.