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Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly

If you like modern wall art with some old-school flair, then you'll love creating a Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly from Heidi Borchers. Use an old technique from Aleene herself to create this decorative project. Burnished aluminum foil helps create the look of antique metal.

Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly


  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Kitchen aluminum foil
  • Butterfly cardboard cut-outs (Michaels kids department)
  • Candle wick
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestones – various sizes for texture – black for embellishments
  • Acrylic paint – black
  • Brush – 1/2″ shader
  • Paper towel
  • Optional: upholstery tack
  • 16 gauge black jewelry/craft wire
  • Round nose pliers


  1. For each butterfly, you will need two cardboard cut outs.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  2. Cut head and tail off one cut out and then cut body from other cut out. This will give the body more dimension as you will be creating two layers.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  3. Apply line of glue along outside edge of butterfly wings.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  4. Press candle wick into glue. Continue until desired pattern is achieved.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  5. Glue rhinestones on butterfly. Let dry.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  6. Cut foil approximately 6″ larger than butterfly.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  7. Crinkle foil to center and re-open. (Do not roll into ball.) Repeat until foil has desired texture.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  8. Lay textured foil on work surface and roll with glue bottle (or rolling pin) to help foil lay flat.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  9. Apply glue directly from bottle to top of butterfly.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  10. Spread glue with finger over entire front of butterfly.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  11. Press face down onto dull side of foil.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  12. Press foil into glue with fingers and pencil eraser until foil is flat and you can see the detail of the candle wick and rhinestone.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  13. Cut away excess foil leaving approximately 1/2″ along edges. Clip into foil along edges. Wrap foil around to back and glue in place.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  14. Paint over foil. Immediately wipe back with paper towel to create an antiqued look.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly
  15. Glue candle wick onto butterfly body. If desired, press upholstery pin through head. Foil over body. Glue body in place over wings. Cut and swirl wire to create antenna. Glue in place. Let dry.

    Vintage Faux Metal Butterfly


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Create the Look of Metal with Kitchen Foil.

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