Cupcake Liner Butterflies

You see butterflies everywhere these days. I’ve been thinking about making some special butterflies since last fall when we said good-bye to our precious friend, Grace.

When I saw Somerset Life’s ‘Cupcake Liner’ challenge I couldn’t help trying my hand at making some out of paper.  I took plain white cupcake liners, wooden clothespins, paint, glitter, ink, and some sparkly jewels and created some sweet butterfly clips.

For large butterflies I used 4 jumbo sized liners….

I folded them in half…

Folded them in half again…

Then I glued them together at the corners and glued the pairs overlapping like this…

You can add shape to the wings by cutting around the edges…

Sponging some ink at the outer edges adds a touch of color…

I painted the clothespins with soft acrylic colors (cuz I love to paint!) and sprinkled them with glitter…

A snip of natural twine works well for antennae…

I added some drops of glue to the ends and dipped them in glitter…

I took the painted clothespins, twine antennae, and some sparklies to create the body…

Be sure and glue the antennae onto the top of the clothespin. If you glue it on the back (like I did the first time) then you can’t see them when you clip them onto something…

And then I glued the clothespin in the center of the wings with craft glue…

A tiny ribbon flower on this one…

This one was made with jumbo liners on top and the mini-liners on bottom…

All sorts of materials can be used to decorate them…

 

Plain white is pretty too…

I made some baby butterflies using miniature clothespins and 2 mini-liners…

Here’s an example of one where I didn’t cut the liners at all…

A whole bunch of pretty flutterbys….

 

 

 

I love butterflies.  They are a symbol of freedom.

They are the symbol of children who lose their lives early to illness, like my baby boy will.  Whenever a child goes to heaven from Cockayne Syndrome we say they ‘grew their wings’ and are able to” fly free”.  It’s so sad and sweet at the same time.

Just this last fall, our precious little friend, Grace, grew her wings.  I’ve been so heart-sick I haven’t been able to post about it.  She was the first child to pass away that I had held and spent time with.  I love her and miss her being here. I wanted more visits to Morgan’s Wonderland with her and I wanted her mommy and daddy to have more time with her, too.  There is some comfort knowing that when my Knox grows his wings, she’ll be there in heaven waiting to play…they will run and jump and enjoy limitless freedom from this wretched disease.

 

I dedicate this post to the beautiful Grace Rose.  Grace, you will always be the most special girl to us, always in our hearts. Love you so much beautiful angel!

 

 

 

Holiday Clothespins

I know, I know. It’s too early for Christmas, but you know how these art magazine challenges go. The holiday stuff needs to be sent in now!

I’m submitting these for the ‘Homemade Holiday” challenge for Somerset Life, so think  *holidays* for just a few minutes.

I took plain wooden clothespins and clipped them on a line outside and let them age for 3 months.

Then I gave them a wash of antique white.

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I decorated these clothespins with embroidery thread, wire, beads, tissue tape, and a few other odds and ends.  Last but not least, I sprinkled them with some frosty crystal glitter.

I recycled these magnetic calendars from last year, gluing pieces onto the backs of the pins.

Now they can be used as magnets, too.

A set of three would make a wonderful gift.

They can be used to display photos on the refrigerator, as a pretty embellishment on a package,  an easy way to clip a gift card onto the tree…I’m sure you can come up with many more uses for holiday clothespins!

This package is wrapped in butcher paper, netting from a bag of onions, and then tied with some tulle scraps, with the clothespin clipped on.

 

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More Mini Canvases with Fiber Paste and Paper Clay

Just like my last mini canvases I covered these with fiber paste.  This time I also sprinkled them with sparkly fine glitter while they were still wet and set painted dried grape stems on top.

My kids are so funny! Every time they finish up a bunch of grapes they smile big and ask, “You want these stems, Mom?”

Of course I do!

I also swirled a spot of blue paint, and I mean a tiny spot, into the wet paste to give it the softest hint of blue.

Then I sculpted a little blue bird from paper clay and painted it the same soft blue when it was dry.   Then I glued it on so that it looks as if it’s perched on a snowy branch…

I added on words cut from book text and brushed some of the paste over the edges.

Here’s a winged heart about to take off in flight (or that’s the look I was going for anyway).

 

 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Creating things is a much needed outlet for me right now, but it’s even more enjoyable when people come to visit!

Up next…my daughter finally talked me into creating a Valentine’s tree.  More to come!