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Big Dreams Butterfly Window

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Capture big dreams before they fly away with this Big Dreams Butterfly Window from Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl.  Made with an old window frame, this butterfly wall decor is great for decorating a nursery room.  Bring color and life into your home with this beautiful art piece!

Big Dreams Butterfly Windwo

Materials:

  • Cardstock weight scrapbook paper
  • Cardstock letter paper
  • Butterfly hole punch
  • Real Butterfly Wings
  • Glitter
  • Mod podge
  • Small cup (to pour mod podge into)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Eye bolts for hanging
  • Rope for hanging
  • Bottle of Resin (Included in the EnviroTex Lite kit)
  • Bottle of Hardener (Included in the EnviroTex Lite kit)
  • 2 Mixing Cups (Included in the EnviroTex Lite kit)
  • Stir Sticks (Included in the EnviroTex Lite kit)
  • Rubber gloves (Included in the EnviroTex Lite kit)
  • Disposable brush (Included in the EnviroTex Lite kit)
  • Utility lighter
  • Glitter
  • Protective plastic to cover work surface
  • Exhaust fan (set up in a window to pull fumes away and out of the room)
  • Dust mask
  • Eye googles
  • Level

 

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting out paper letters and punching out butterflies until your thumbs are sore. Then lay out the design on the window panes.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window
     
  2. When you are happy with the design, anchor everything onto the window using mod podge. Paint a thin layer of mod podge on the back of each letter and paper butterfly. Then pressed them down onto the window panes. This step is important as it keeps everything in place while pouring the resin.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window
     
  3. Use extreme caution with the butterfly wings so as not to break them or brush too much of the color off.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window
     
  4. Gently press the wings onto the window. You may need to replace the butterfly’s body with a paper one so it doesn’t stick up above the resin.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window
     
  5. Before the mod podge can dry completely, carefully wipe any excess off the window. If you leave some mod podge exposed on the window, it will be immortalized in the resin forever!

  6. Rub on transfers work perfectly for the butterfly’s missing antennae.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window

  7. Set the window on the protective plastic. Set the level on top of the window. Check both directions and prop up your piece using shims under the window or under the table legs until the window is completely level. Skipping this step will result in the resin puddling in the corners of each pane and leaving an inconsistent depth.
     
  8. Put on your protective gloves, dust mask and eye goggles. And don’t forget to turn on the exhaust fan. No need to fry your brain during this project.
     
  9. Pour equal amounts of each bottle into the first cup.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window

  10. Stir the resin and hardener mixture thoroughly with the wooden stick. Be sure to scrape the sides of the cup. Then pour the mixture into the second cup. And thoroughly mix the mixture again. Failure to follow these directions could result in a BAD CRAFT-FAIL!

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window

  11. After your mixture is thoroughly mixed, begin by pouring small amounts into the center of each pane. (I only poured the resin into the four panes that had objects pasted on them.)

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window

  12. Use the brush to gently spread the resin mixture to the edges of each pane. The resin will level itself as it dries.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window

  13. After the resin is spread evenly, sprinkle some glitter around the letters and butterflies.

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window
     
  14. After a few minutes little bubbles will rise to the top of the resin. Use the lighter several inches above the project to pop the air bubbles. (I think I had more fun popping bubbles than any other step!)

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window

  15. Check back after about 5-10 minutes and pop any newly formed bubbles. Let the resin dry overnight (at least 4-5 hours. Times may vary depending on temperature and humidity.)
     
  16. When the resin is completely hardened, use a drill bit to drill holes in the top of the window, then insert eye bolts on each side.  Thread some rope through the eye bolts and hang your new piece of art!

    Big Dreams Butterfly Window

 

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Feb 21, 2014

I think this is a beatifully way to keep nature alive,other wise would be destoryed by weather. there are to many other things that we should be concerned about.!

 

Mar 26, 2013

I think it is beautiful and a great way to preserve such a beautiful creature! Thank you for sharing this idea.

 

15 Ratings

Mar 25, 2013

I am disappointed that you would be using butterflies in this project. A butterfly is a beautiful and fragile crreature and needs to be protected. This is encouraging cruelty. Why not use artificial butterflies.Do the right thing, take real butterflies out of the instructions.

 

Mar 25, 2013

I am disgusted with the use of REAL: BUTTERFLIES as they are a protected species in England and if children start using your idea we will have no butterflies left I am happy to transfer this to the Wildlife Trust if it is not altered to the use of artificial butterflies which Re more available in florist and craft shops than the REAL thing that you are encouraging destruction of I am so disappointed by this project and now have total concern for the whole website from which before I have so enjoyed Please do the right thing and change the Butterflies listed to ARTIFICIAL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Mar 25, 2013

I find using beautiful wildlife for decoration to be both cruel and unnecessary. This is not a craft it is the act of uncaring insensitive people and it is morally wrong. I am unsubscribing from this site.

 

Mar 6, 2013

this is a beautiful idea, if you people want to worry about something dying, go to your local food bank and feed some poor hunger child!!!! just saying!!

 

Aug 25, 2012

I love it!!

 

Aug 21, 2012

Love this! The window, just lovely!! What a fun idea!

 

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