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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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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.!

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

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.

Wow! a real display of worship!

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frankly, it doesn't affect me one bit you are disgusted. This is just religious fanaticism!

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.

How do you find this cruel if the butterfly was already deceased? It's not as if she goes and kills butterflies. She however is displaying its beauty.

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!!

I love it!!

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

if your worried about killing a butterfly then do as I did as a child and find the ones that had died of natural causes but still in good shape and use it. When i was a child i remember finding beautiful dead butterfly's and carry them delicately to my babysitter who would put them in between two sheets of wax paper and then put them in to a special book, i recently went to visit her and snuck into her room to find that she had saved them all these years and had them framed i was touched. so just becuse this says use a real butterfly wings does not mean go out and kill one, you could simply go on a nature walk and keep your eyes out for a butterfly that reached the end of its life and is in good shape i never saw any where in the instructions go out and kill a butterfly to use as part of the project. That was something everyone who is complaining just assumed. so get off your high horse and either find an alternative way to-do the project like with a decal, or don't do the project theses projects are here for inspiration, if you don't like how they inspire you move on.

Such a darling story. Thank you.

hey, I am sorry if y'all are having a problem with the using of actual "butterflies" for this project, but come on, to me you just want to look good!! We have PLENTY of butterflies where I live and half of them smash into my windshield, so are you going to ridicule me for that? This is a great way to preserve the beauty of "mother nature" other then being smashed on our windshields... So GET OFF OF YOUR HIGH HORSE AND STOP TRYING TO BE A CONSERVISTIST AND JUST LET US PRESERVE WHAT GOD GAVE US!!! OKAY!! DON'T TRY TO BAD MOUTH WHAT SOMEONE THOUGHT WAS A GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL IDEA AS A WAY OF KILLING OFF BUTTERFLIES!! I SEE MORE BUTTERFLIES ON MY CAR GRILL THEN I DO ON THIS AWESOME PICTURE!!! SO JUST BE QUIET AND FIND ANOTHER CAUSE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, NOT ABOUT ONE THAT IS TRYING TO SHOW THE BEAUTY OF THESE GORGEOUS CREATURES!!! (and yes I expect a lot of "hate" mail over this but this goes this goes to show that these people just want to hear themselves "roar" and don't give a crap about what is really going on!! So "BRING IT ON" you guys do not scare me!!! I unlike you stand for something for what I believe in!! Give me number of the butterflies loss in the past 10 years and don't "google it' cause, sweeties, I have that info just to prove you wrong!! Stop trying to be something you are NOT an ADVOCATE!!! GOT IT!!! (IF YOU DON'T, REPLY AND WE CAN DISCUSS IT) but this is a beautiful display and will show forever how beautiful our world CAN BE, without people ruining it like saying we are extincting the butterflies.. PULLEEAASSEEEE!!! RESPONE PLEASE!!! I have many more responses for ya!! But to the artist of this gorgeous artwork!!! BRAVO!!! I LOVE IT!!! DO NOT LISTEN TO OTHERS!!! WE HAVE PLENTY OF BUTTERFLIES AND YOU MADE A BEAUTIFUL WORK OF ART!!! BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU DID!! I AM FOR YOU!!! JANET

Well said, Okiegirl, I am standing by you, but not too close, there might be some slingin', lol. This is a beautiful project and I thought the use of real butterfly wings was clever. These wings are pretty and add a nice touch of 'found object' meets 'die-cut' to the art. The work looks simple, but is clearly well-planned/thought-out....and Lovely to the eye. The design is sweet. I am always on the look-out for natural little critter wings (butterflies do die on their own, don'tcha know?). As for me, I do not kill; no need; they die and exoskeletons are just laying there waiting to be found, and hopefully used to send a good message about loving nature. _Now, just look at this beauty (added link) ...and no one peeled this off the animal to get a snapshot. Get the message. http://images.flowers.vg/1024x768/exoskeleton.jpg __photogenic little darlin' don'tcha think?___ All things considered, it's really better on the environment to use the real thing than use manufactured paper 'stuff'. ;- ) Have a nice day y'all.

I am in complete agreement with karinmackk as there are so many alternatives that could be used for the real butterflies- I would make this but would use a computer print out, picture, or decal of a butterfly. It is a good idea, otherwise.

OMG!! SHOW THE DATA, WHERE WE ARE EXTINCTING THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!! THEN POST YOUR COMMENTS!!! SO FAR I HAVE FOUND NOTHING!!! I HAVE GOOGLE EXTINCTION OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY, ETC... NOTHING SAYS THEY ARE IN DANGER, SO STOP!!! LET IT BE.. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN ON HITS YOUR WINDSHIELD? GIVE IT MOUTH-TO-MOUTH? CPR? PULEEEZZEEE!!! GIVE THE TRUE DATA AND THEN I WILL GIVE YOU A FORMAL APOLOGY!!! SOUND GOOD!!!

I don't think people should be encouraged to use real butterflies in their art. The numbers of species in decline is already very worrying.

I sooo agree! Although it is a great piece and I'm more than probably going to do it, I know I'lll use either paper mache butterflies or something similar.

OMG!! SHOW THE DATA, WHERE WE ARE EXTINCTING THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!! THEN POST YOUR COMMENTS!!! SO FAR I HAVE FOUND NOTHING!!! I HAVE GOOGLE EXTINCTION OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY, ETC... NOTHING SAYS THEY ARE IN DANGER, SO STOP!!! LET IT BE.. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN ON HITS YOUR WINDSHIELD? GIVE IT MOUTH-TO-MOUTH? CPR? PULEEEZZEEE!!! GIVE THE TRUE DATA AND THEN I WILL GIVE YOU A FORMAL APOLOGY!!! SOUND GOOD!!!

love it

I really like this idea. I'm going to stop and look at old windows until I find a good one. I can really see this hanging on my bedroom wall.

This is really nice. I have been wanting to get some old windows, but wasn't quite sure what to do with them when I got them. But I really like this and doesn't look to hard. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorial. Linda @ MixedKreations

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