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Mesh Butterfly

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Supplies

FloraCraft® Brand Products:
Design It:® SimpleStyle® Decorative Mesh:
∙ 21″ wide, 2 yds., Cobalt Blue
∙ 6″ wide, 1 yd. Yellow
Aluminum Wire, 26 gauge, 20″, Any color
Wire Cutter
Floral Shears
Floral Wire

Grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/2″ wide, 24″ length of each: Yellow, green and pink (all with white dots)
Ruler
Glue gun and glue sticks
Large paper clip

Instructions

  1. Use Wire Cutter to cut 12″ length (thin, silver) Floral Wire. Use Floral Shears to cut 2 yd. length Cobalt Blue Decorative Mesh. Horizontally place Mesh length on table. Make what looks like bow loops by bringing ends in, so that one end overlaps the other by 1″ at the middle. Apply line of glue to hold overlap (allowing it to go through Mesh to catch the layer below. When glue is cooled, grasp glued area to gather (allowing Mesh to make large fan-folds). Wrap with Wire, but do not tightly twist ends – Instead, allow Wire to make a loop that is about 4″ long on top and 4″ long on bottom. Twist together Wire and trim ends to 1/4″ long. Adjust loops as needed to resemble wings. If needed, hot glue Mesh along wire and among folds to hold gathered shape.
  2. To cover Wire binding for butterfly body, roll Yellow Decorative Mesh into 1 yd. tube that is 2″ in diameter. Wrap tube around wire/glued area of wing unit and knot on top so that tube ends are the same length. (Note: Knot so that Yellow Mesh tube is snug but not mashing or binding wing unit. If needed, glue wing unit gathers against Yellow Mesh body to hold.)
  3. For antennae, run end of (26 gauge) 20″ length Aluminum Wire through one yellow tube end, through knot, and through other yellow tube end, shaping it like a “V”. Twist Mesh to tighten rolls on Wire to about 1/2″ to 3/4″ diameter. At ends, hot glue Mesh to Wire to hold and trim to points.(Note: Wire should not show; trim if they do.) Bend each one, back and forth to make wiggly antennae.
  4. For bows, use Floral Shears to cut each of three colors of ribbon into two 12″ lengths (for a total of six lengths). Horizontally place one ribbon length on table. Make bow loops by bringing ends in, so that one crosses the other just below the middle of the ribbon length. Grasp crossed area and middle of ribbon together and squeeze to gather. Before binding with 6″ length Floral Wire, check to be sure that you’re leaving two approx. 2″ tails. Bind with Wire, tightly wrapping twice and twisting together ends. Trim Wire ends to 1/4″ long and tuck back so they don’t show from front. Cut “V”-notches in tails. Adjust bow loops and tails as needed. Repeat for a total of six bows (two bows of each color).
  5. Set bows on butterfly wings to plan placement. Then hot glue by applying glue to back of bow, waiting momentarily for glue to firm up enough that when you place it on the Mesh, it won’t drip through. Run large paper clip through top, back of body to hang. Or, hang from wire or additional ribbon.

 

 

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