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!

 

 

 

Pink Surprises

I won a blog give-away from Vicki Sheehan!

How did Vicki know that my heart skips a beat when I see pink tulle?

This bundle of pink-ness is full of so many pretty things!

Thank you so much, Vicki! I love it all.  And because kindness is contagious, I’m going to start gathering up some things for a holiday give-away of my own.  Hope you’re having a great week!