Learn how easy it is to make 3D butterfly ephemera with this free printable. #butterflies #printable
Butterflies are popular for crafting and these 3D butterflies are fun to make. Download the free printable and make as many as you’d like. Even if you don’t have a current use, make some to have in your stash. You won’t regret it!
After printing out the free PDF file, fussy cut the butterflies out or use a Brother Scan n Cut to make the job easier. I used flower stamens for the antennae, a bit of glue to stack the butterfly shapes, and I added glitter glue to the edges of each butterfly. The video tutorial below will show you the easy process.
The photo above shows the butterflies at an angle. You can see the dimension of each one and the glitter on the edges.
Learn how to make butterfly earrings with shrink film and UV Resin.
I was so happy with the result of these DIY Butterfly Earrings. When my daughters saw them they requested pairs be made for them too, so I knew I had stumbled upon something good.
I began with a stamped image on Grafix shrink art film in white. StazOn ink is great for this process because it is made for every surface and stamps a rich dark black.
After stamping the image and allowing the ink to dry, I cut out the butterflies with a small detail scissor.
Coloring the butterfly with water-based markers was a bit of a challenge on plastic but I have a few tips in the video tutorial to make it work.
See the size difference between the stamped image and after the film has been shrunk. I used a heat gun to shrink the film, a dedicated toaster oven also works well.
I colored the edge and the back of the butterfly with a permanent black marker. Then I coated the back with matte UV resin and the front with jewelry resin both from You-V. The cool thing about You-V resin is that it is a quick cure resin, less than a minute under a UV flashlight.
You can see the gloss of the resin on the butterfly now. Drilling a hole into the top of the wing prepares the piece for the jewelry findings.
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The image above shows how the binder clips were used to hold the fishing line in place before being stuck in place with super glue. You can also see how I wound and looped the craft wire at the top for hanging.