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Footprint Butterfly Flower Pot

Footprint Butterfly Flower Pot | Mama Papa BubbaA few weeks ago, Gracen’s {great} aunt sent me this photo and asked if Miss G could make her one.  After some serious detective work, I believe that the photo was originally shared on Carol’s Classic Gifts and Decor’s Facebook page, but I could be wrong (please correct me if I am!) Though there were no instructions attached, the project looked pretty straight forward, we went for it.

IMG 9987Here’s what we used…  A clay pot large enough to fit Grae’s growing feet on the side, some acrylic paint, a few old paintbrushes, a black Sharpie (though black paint and a fine brush or a paint pen would be great also), and lastly, a matte spray-on clear coat.

IMG 9989Because of the potentially {very} messy nature of this project, we opted to do it outside with the garden hose and a pile of old rags nearby (and I’m thankful we did…things got MESSY despite my precautionary steps).  To get started, I applied a thick layer of paint to Grae’s foot.  In our case, we used purple and green (Auntie Judy’s favourite colours) with a little bit of white in the middle, but you could obviously use any colours you like.  One thing I would say is that if you want the colours to mix together where they meet, you should probably help them along with your paintbrush while on the foot.  I expected the mixing to sort of naturally happen when Grae’s foot was pressed down on the pot, but it didn’t (not a lot, at least).

IMG 9994We carefully pressed one foot onto the pot, washed it off, then painted the other foot and pressed it on so that the two straight edges were in the middle (with a small space between them) and the two arched edges were pointing outwards.

IMG 9998After giving the footprints a few minutes to dry, I used the Sharpie to draw a very simple butterfly body and antennae in the centre.

IMG 0011Then we flipped the pot over and wrote a little message so that Auntie Judy will remember who made the pot and when it was created years down the road.

IMG 9999As a final step, I gave the butterfly part of the pot a light spray of matte sealant, just to make it a little more durable.  Ten minutes later it was dry and we had an adorable personalized gift that was both easy and inexpensive to make. 

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Spring Butterflies

Coffee Filter  Clothespin ButterfliesBack when we were living in Kuwait, I remember desperately longing for rain.  The kind that lasts days and days and lends itself to cozy hoodies, movie afternoons, and pots of soup simmering on the stove.  Well, I’m happy to say, I think I’ve officially had my fix.  It’s been raining for several days in a row now, and though lazy afternoons on the couch watching documentaries and romantic comedies don’t exactly fit well with our current life, we’ve enjoyed the rain nonetheless.   

That being said, sometimes enough is enough.  After spending the morning pretending we were in the tropics {while actually at the conservatory}, we decided to spend our afternoon creating spring butterflies.  

IMG 6101The project started off as a creative table…  Some coffee filters, Mr. Sketch scented makers (my absolute favourite as a child), Crayola markers, and a few bingo dabbers.

IMG 6157Grae decorated her coffee filters independently for a while, and then asked me to join her to finish them off.  

IMG 6161Afterwards, Miss G used an easy-to-squeeze spray bottle to soak the filters pretty thoroughly.

IMG 6168While waiting for them to dry, we began to work on our butterfly bodies.  Using Sharpies, we drew little faces on the tops of the bamboo pins.

IMG 6170Here they are when done.

IMG 6170Next, Grae chose some pipe cleaners from our stash, we cut them in half, and bent them into little antennae shapes.

IMG 6171When we got back to our filters, they weren’t quite dry yet, so we took a blowdryer to them.  10 seconds each was all they needed.

IMG 6173To assemble the butterflies, we simply pinched them across the middle (Miss G did this job) and fanned the wings out nicely (my job).

IMG 6175Then Grae carefully selected a clothespin body and a set of sparkly antennae and we clipped everything together.

IMG 6187Here are are the two butterflies Miss G declared her favourites.

IMG 6195At the last  minute, we decided to add magnets to the backs of the clothespins with hot glue (I also popped a little squeeze of glue into the tops of the clothespins too, just to hold everything together more permanently).

IMG 6192And here’s my proud little girl with her finished project.

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