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March 7, 2008

Weekend Creative : March #1 : Butterfly Mobile



Yep, more butterflies.

The prompt this weekend is to make a spring mobile. Something to brighten things up a bit + celebrate the coming season.

This is a great project for using what you have. Gather up some of those random pieces of this and that and plan a little creative time (you can always check out the supply list below for specifics). The idea here is to play and experiment with each of the butterflies as your canvas.

Another cool part of this project is that it can easily be done in bits and pieces. Paint all the butterflies. Go do laundry. Come back and add some accents to a few. Run around outside with your kids. Come back again and do some handwriting. etc. Or settle in for the long haul.

To attach each butterfly to the branch I punched a hole and wrapped a piece of ribbon through. Rather than creating a loop, I stitched the ribbon together to hold it in place + cut the ribbon (you will be able to see this in the photos below). To attach it to the branch I tied a knot at the top.

Supply Basics:
Jenni Bowlin Butterfly Chipboard (4 to a package : could imagine using these birds too)
• Making Memories Paint (banana + buttercup)
• Crackle Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint (Mustard Seed) – one of the coolest things about this product, besides how it cracks
the paint with no work on your part, is that the brush comes inside the
lid (you can see Tim using it here)
• Ribbon: Amercican Crafts Halstead 87558 (green stitched), yellow rik rak, super cute green dot/puff ribbon from the October Cocoa Daisy kit
• A way to punch holes in the chipboard butterflies – I like the Crop-A-Dile or the hammer set from Making Memories
Black Staz-On Ink
• A branch or something on which to hang the butterflies

Here’s a look at each individual butterfly (both sides) with additional supplies listed below each photo:

Number One:


K&Company Paper Flower Brads + K&Company Blue Awning Adhesive Gems


Here’s what the crackle paint looks like after it dries. You just paint it right on (using the brush in the bottle) and then as it dries it cracks. Cool stuff. I attached the flower brads with a glue dot rather than using the metal feet (just fold them back and place the glue dot on top).

Number Two:


Letter stamps (from a Japanese company) that you can often find here. American Crafts Precision Pen (my favorites). The dots were created using a cool rolling stamp from Stampin Up (Looks like it’s called Stampin Around ).


Felt letter “e” from American Crafts. Circle stamps from Savvy Stamps (581D Outline Circle) and the word one is part of an Everyday Life kit offered through the CK Kit Of The Month back in May of last year.

Number Three:


Green circles were created using the Heidi Swapp Dot Mask and an Adirondack Paint Dabber. Colored pencils are from Prismacolor.


Slick Writers are another staple in my supplies. I used a ruler here to get the lines down.

Number Four:


Bet you may just have some buttons in your collection of stuff. If not, here’s some.


Words from 7gypsies 97% Complete Document sticker sheet.

Number Five:


American Crafts Felt Flowers + Mini Yellow Brads (again, I used the brads for decoration rather than function)


Basic Grey Rub Ons.

Number Six:


KI Lace Cardstock (Flower Child White) + K&Company decorative brad. This is the same technique as a couple week’s back – see the prompt here.


Hero Arts Design Block Tree Stamp + Embossing Ink (Versamark) + UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)

Number Seven:


The random flower wire here came from a wonderful little crafty Easter kit from Flea Market Studio. She has some great little ephemera kits. Word sticker is from a Making Memories Wordfetti package.


Stickles: Frosted Lace (basically just rubbed it right onto the butterfly with my finger)    

The tough part seemed to be figuring out where to put the darn thing.

While I was working on it I hung it in between my closet doors:


When it was done I tried it on the ceiling in my office (using ribbon from Paper Source):


And then decided to hang it above the window in the bathroom:


For more visual inspiration to get you going check out this Mobile Swap Flickr group (based on the swap started by Elsie Marley). I also found a couple mobiles on etsy that I loved: check out this one + this one. And I love this one from Sally Shim that could easily become the inspiration for an Easter mobile (thinking ovals).


  • 1.
    Corey said…

    Wow! I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for my daughters room….you just took what I had in mind and blew it out of the water! Seriously awesome. I’m going to have to get off my butt and actually do it now.
    Thanks again for great inspiration!

  • 2.
    dr lyn said…

    This looks so cool! My brain is already whirring with ideas. . . Thanks!

  • 3.
    Bree said…

    Love anything with butterflies. So pretty!!

  • 4.
    bonnierose said…

    You simply amaze me Ali.
    You’re filled with such wonderful ideas.. I know maybe not all are solely your own.. but you make them your own, and we all love taking a peek into your creative life.
    Thank you.. love the soft yellows!
    so pretty!

  • 5.
    beth said…

    wow! this is so cool!

  • 6.
    Cassie said…

    I haven’t done one of your weekend creative challenges before and I’m excited to play with it. My only question is whether or not it has to be chipboard butterflies. I shop in Salem, OR and none of my LSS carry chipboard butterflies.

  • 7.
    Tiffani said…

    Very cool! And if you are ever done using it as a mobile, the butterflies could be repurposed as cards, gift tags, page accents, a butterfly “bouquet,” etc.

  • 8.
    jen downer said…

    what a happy fun project!!! i’ve had mobiles on the brain!

  • 9.
    kris said…

    This looks like such a yummy project for a party swap I’m in. Would make a wonderful decoration. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 10.
    Artful yogi said…

    Gorgeous. We have a big snowstorm today. I’d love to think spring.

  • 11.
    Cherie said…

    This looks like loads of fun – just want I need to help me think spring – especially since we are getting a March blizzard here in Ohio!

  • 12.
    DebMc said…

    I love butterflies. A breath of spring on a gray day.

  • 13.
    LobotoME said…

    ali – how do you come up with these ideas? no one should have as much “creativeness” as you do! have a great weekend!
    J :)

  • 14.
    Houston said…

    I am going to finally have time to participate! I can’t wait to try this, only I will be using birds, I just can’t get enough of all the wonderful birds available!

  • 15.
    young c-m said…

    Love the idea of hanging it against the window. Thanks for sharing this idea~

  • 16.
    shannon j said…

    love the textures of the different butterflies!

  • 17.
    psmullican said…

    love it hanging over the window. oh, to have your energy. have a great weekend!

  • 18.
    Susan said…

    Ali, I gotta tell you:
    This blog of yours just gets better and better. You are a wonder.
    Love the mobile!

  • 19.
    christen said…

    i love your ideas :)

  • 20.
    traci said…

    i ♥ this.
    especially the branch, love bringing outdoors in. (like martha stewart!)
    those birds would be amazing!!

  • 21.
    traci said…

    what about owls? i am loving all of the owls out but owls don’t shout “spring” to me….

  • 22.
    Jenny A. said…

    amazing and beautiful – all your work is :)

  • 23.
    Mary M. said…

    Soooo cute!
    Love it!

  • 24.
    Malika Kelly said…

    Ali, You rock! Can’t wait to see you next week!

  • 25.
    Jolene George said…

    I LOVE the way they look in the bathroom window…very sweet.

  • 26.


  • 27.
    Steph said…

    I love, love, love this idea.
    Thank you!

  • 28.
    giosmama26 said…

    This has GOT to be the best thing created that I have EVER seen!!!! Wow, just Wow………

  • 29.

    I love these! I need to make some for my little girls room, all the bathrooms, and some in my kitchen too! Feels like spring! Thanks for sharing!!

  • 30.
    Haylee said…

    How beautiful! Though here in Australia we have just entered Autumn (Fall), so I think instead of butterflies I’ll try using leaves to celebrate the start of our new season.

  • 31.
    Susan Gilman said…

    ooohhh….yum. more butterflies!! my favorites of late! I want to fill ever window with these! lovely…lovely. tfs!

  • 32.
    mary walmer said…

    Awesome-I have the perfect driftwood branch to use as the holder too-when I re-organized my studio space last month i picked up the branch at least 10 times-almost threw it outside but then though ” No I will find a use for it soon”
    We are in the middle of a blizzard here in NW PA=seriously 18″ of snow and 40 MPH winds,it is not nice outside! This would be a wonderful project to pass the weekend!
    thanks for sharing! mary

  • 33.
    Kim said…

    Perfect spot for a beautiful piece.

  • 34.
    Shelly said…

    Ali-thank you for sharing this cool idea! This would not normally be my kind of project, but I’m thinking I might just try it ‘cuz you made it look so beautiful!
    As always, you inspire me to do something new. Thank you!

  • 35.
    Jessica said…

    beautiful work.
    you’re a gem.
    Love you!

  • 36.
    Penny said…

    OMgoodness. This is so fun. Love it.

  • 37.
    Meg said…

    I found your site a few weeks ago and I love the stuff that you put on here!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity and talent with all of us, so that we can make cute things too!!!

  • 38.
    Theresa Grdina said…

    This is too cool, Ali. I love the embossed butterflies!

  • 39.
    Toni said…

    OK ,, how stinkin’ cute is that idea? I say it’s pretty stinkin’ cute!!!!!! Thanks for sharing something so darling!!

  • 40.
    jane said…

    first I thought this would not work for me, cause I just don’t enjoy mobiles…. then I linked over to the mobile swap…Got an idea and can’t wait to work on it!!!
    Thanks for pushing our envelopes and encouraging us to do something different! My craft has stepped it up a big ol’ notch with folks like you and Christine!

  • 41.
    Jill said…

    These are so cute. My son and I created our own version today with an Easter theme. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 42.
    lisa said…

    this is too cute I have sent your site to my friends to see.

  • 43.
    Mandi said…

    What a lovely mobile!

  • 44.
    Deb said…

    Like it in the bathroom! Fits perfectly!!

  • 45.
    Brenda said…

    oh wow u did amazed job …i never thought about that…my mom loves butterflies she is in nursing home, age 89 yrs old she would love that so thanks for sharing and im gonna think about how i can hang something i will find the way bigggg thanks Ali :)

  • 46.

    I just love butterflies what a great idea Ali – thanks for sharing :D

  • 47.
    Tif said…

    This is beautiful!!

  • 48.
    Crazy Daisy said…

    I love how you decorated each one! So many ideas!

  • 49.
    Molly said…

    mobiles are so interesting. I’ve loved them ever since seeing the work of Alexander Calder years ago. the butterflies must have lovely movement with a breeze.

  • 50.
    Sasha Farina said…

    this is just precious!

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