A simple Gold Butterfly Wreath made from recycled materials.
Yesterday morning I randomly decided to make this Gold Butterfly Wreath.
Instead of sprucing up the house for the arrival of my in-laws I decided to make a big paper mess in our little living room. In all honesty I just needed an excuse to burn through the last few episodes of Royal Pains season 6 on Netflix. Plus, my excuse was that I was technically decluttering. That counts as cleaning, right?
A few weeks ago my husband got a package in the mail that was twice as big as the item he had ordered on Ebay. They had packed it with a huge wad of brown packing paper that my husband wanted to throw away. I however immediately saved it from the trash & set it aside in my makeshift craft room for future mischief. One man’s trash is another woman’s over glorified crafting treasure!
I knew I wanted to make a wreath from it, but I wasn’t sure which shape I should use for the paper. So I googled some paper wreath’s & decided to go with something simple. But since this was a simple brown upcycled paper wreath I knew I needed to add some accents to make it sparkle & shine. Luckily I recently bought some gold leafing for another project (the one I mentioned in my DIY Dandelion Burlap Art) & since I needed to try it out & figure out how to use it I figured I might as well try it out on my gold butterflies!
I absolutely love how my Gold Butterfly Wreath turned out! I love that the paper was free & I saved it from the trash. I love that I was able to learn how to use gold leafing. And I love how simple it was to create! Seriously way better than vacuuming (although I did do that later). Which part do you like the best? That I upcycled packing paper or that the wreath accented by gold butterflies?
Brown Packing Paper
Small Bowl or Cup
Grapevine Wreath (I got mine at the Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue Gun & Glue
2 Small Paint Brushes
First, trace a ton of circles out using a small bowl & pencil, then cut them all out.
Fold one of the circles in half twice & glue it to the grape vine wreath.
Continue this process until your wreath is completely covered by the paper.
Next, trace the butterflies & cut them out.
To apply the gold leaf I simply brushed a thin layer of Mod Podge on the butterfly, then using a smaller paint brush I layered on the gold leaf. I let it dry, then added more Mod Podge, & add more gold to any places I missed or messed up.
I kept doing this until all 3 butterflies were nicely covered with gold. I then covered it in a final layer of Mod Podge, let it dry, then used small scissors to trim the edges.
Hot glue the butterflies to your new Gold Butterfly Wreath & display it proudly on your wall or above your fireplace.
I’d love to see your Gold Butterfly Wreath!
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With love, G
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