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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Paper Butterfly Wreath

By: Erin Madsen for DCWV

This beautiful Paper Butterfly Wreath from DCWV makes a lovely decoration for your home.  Easy paper crafts like this are simple to embellish and customize to suit your tastes.  Great for summer or spring, this butterfly wreath is a great way to decorate your door.

Butterfly Wreath


  • DCWV all dressed up stack 12”x12” printed stack
  • DCWV butterfly template
  • Grapevine wreath
  • 2 strands of silver glitter beads
  • 2 strands of clear beads
  • Silver glitter
  • 26 gauge silver and blue beading wire
  • Scissors
  • Beading pliers
  • Electric drill (*optional)
  • Paper crafting adhesive (including hot glue)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


  1. Print and cut out the dcwv butterfly template.  Trace both butterfly pieces 16 times each onto the back of your desired prints.  Cut these out. 
  2. Lay them out in sets of 2 in front of you, giving you a total of 16 sets.  Adhere the center of each butterfly together on the main body only.  *Note: Depending on the size of your wreath, lay out your butterflies on the wreath at this point to make sure you will have enough.  If not, cut more at this point. 
  3. Take out your beading wire, bead strands, and pliers.   Measure 3 1/2" of wire, thread 4-5 beads (can use the same colors or alternating ones) onto the next section of wire, and add on an additional 3 1/2" before cutting the wire at the end.  Set the beads on the center of your 1st butterfly, wrapping the wire ends around to the back of the butterfly.  Twist these 2 sections together, trimming the excess and wrapping the loose ends into the existing shape.  Repeat this process for your remaining butterflies.
  4. Before adhering the butterflies to the wreath, add a set of antenna onto each one.  To do this, cut a 4 1/2” piece of blue and silver beading wire (total of 2 pieces).  Attach them to the butterfly (either behind the butterfly or to the top of the beaded section).  Twist these pieces together, bending the top into a small loop with your pliers when you reach the end.  Add a 2nd antenna to your butterfly using the same method.  Repeat this process for the rest of the butterflies. *Note: To accelerate this process, use the end of a power drill to wrap your wires together.  Make sure to use it on low speed and hold onto one end so that it will stay in one line.
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This butterfly wreath is stellar! I am wondering if you could laminate them or do a sturdy modpodge coating on the paper butterflies so you could put this on your door outside, perhaps in a protected area, in good weather. If you are really artsy you could even free form draw these butterflies and use beads and trim you have on hand to make each butterfly different for a more eclectic look. So pretty, thank you for sharing great instructions!

when I get home from work I have to try this one. it looks great.


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