You can make a whole flock (Is that the right term or should it be swarm?) of patriotic paper napkin butterflies for your Memorial Day and July 4th celebrations. They are so easy and quick to make and is a super kid’s craft! I display them on a little tree I have in my foyer that I decorate for each and every season. Use as a pin by adding a pin, barrette by attaching the jewelry findings. Tie one to a hairband. Attach them to bamboo barbeque skewers and stick in a flowerpot. Or you simply set them around as table scatter. The applications for these butterflies are endless.
· Patriotic paper napkins
· Small rubber bands
· Glue gun and glue sticks
· Red bump chenille stems
· Red sparkle chenille stems
· Various findings, pin backs, barrettes, hairbands, bamboo barbeque skewers (Optional)
1. Open the paper napkin and cut to separate the four squares. If your napkin is print on one side, stack two squares print right side out and do the same to the other two. Stack them all together. (See photo)
2. Accordion fold the stacks all the way across. Secure in the center with a small rubber band.
3. Working on one side pull the paper layers out to separate and fluff. You can make the two print sides meet, puffing out slightly. There will be two wings made from four pieces of the napkin. Repeat this on the other side.
4. Cut a 5-inch piece of red sparkle chenille stem. Bend in half and use a pencil to curl the ends. It resembles a V-shape.
5. Cut a bump from the bump chenille stem and glue the V-shape (Antenna) to the bump. (Body)
6. Attach the body/antenna to the center of the butterfly wings with a bit of glue.
7. For a pin glue a pin back onto the back. For a plant poke glue a barbeque skewer on the back. For a hairband tie to the top of the hairband with some string or wire. For a barrette attach a alligator clip or French barrette to the back.