Today on Mass Appeal we will be making butterfly jewelry using paper and hot glue. The templates and links for findings are at the bottom of the page for your convenience. If you need findings, let me know and I will send you a FREE box with everything you need (Massachusetts residents only). If you live outside of MA, the cost is $10 for the shipping.
Glue gun and glue sticks
Optional: metallic paint, rhinestones, beads, etc.
Print butterfly images and cut them out. You’ll want two of each design for a full butterfly. For a half butterfly, fold the image in half. The templates are below. I reversed the image for you so the pairs would match. Plug in your iron and glue gun so they will be hot. You will want the iron on the highest heat.
Fold a large piece of parchment in half. Cut the glue sticks into small pieces or make thin puddle of glue evenly in center of the parchment paper. Fold over the paper and iron on high heat until the glue is evenly melted. If you are not using an ironing board, put a book you no longer care about under the parchment so it doesn’t burn the surface. I chose a workout book. 🙂
While the glue is still hot, open the parchment paper and quickly place the cut out images on the puddle of glue.
Fold over parchment paper and place the iron directly on top of the images for a few seconds. Don’t worry if the iron smokes a little. Don’t move the iron. Let the glue cool before touching the parchment.
Take out the glues butterfly cluster and cut the images. To make shiny, place the iron directly over the butterflies, not touching it, just hovering over it about 2cm for 2 minutes. I chose a lighter because I’m impatient but, for a lot of butterflies, I would use the iron.
Optional: Glue on rhinestones, glitter or paint.
With a pin, make a hole for finding. Insert a spring ring. Attach chains or an earring hook. (I used broken jewelry I had lying around for the beads and chains.) You can use a squeeze bail to attach crystals on the ends.
Seal the butterfly with clear nail polish and allow it to dry for a few hours. It will make the image extra shiny and give it a smooth touch. The glue is kind of sticky, even when dry.
To make a three dimensional butterfly, glue a smaller pair of wings to the larger wings. Glue down the center so it looks like a butterfly body.
OPTIONAL: Paint the edges with metallic paint.
These little bugs are my favorite ones!
You can use this hot glue technique with any image. My Mom sends me her coloring pages and I use them for crafts. So, use this craft for holidays and all themed jewelry.
That’s it my crafty friends! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Again, I always buy enough supplies for the whole neighborhood so reach out to me if you want anything. Yes, it’s freeeeeeee! I’m happy to share with my friends from Mass Appeal! Email: [email protected] Call or text: 413-512-3714
Let me know how you like these segments! I want to make sure we are making things you like and want to make. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you again on March 19th.
Here are the templates. If they don’t print out big enough, email me and I’ll send you larger images.
Buy jewelry findings here! My friend Rose owns this store. These are quality findings. Many are vintage and make in Germany, Austria and the US.