When I was about 10, mom took me to visit a great aunt. She had a big dark living room with no less than four large Victorian cloches housing stuffed birds and butterflies on branches. I was mesmerized, and since that day I’ve wanted one. So, when I looked at one of my unused cloches and wondered what to do with it–I harked back to that memory.
First I printed out two sets (one horizontally flipped) of varieties of blue butterflies from The Graphics Fairy and other sources.. I modpodged the sides together so the butterfly looked the same from both sides, and trimmed any extra white paper showing off of each side. I modpodged the two sides so the colors would pop, and when they were dry bent them into shape.
Meanwhile, I sawed off the top of a spare styrofoam sphere I had on hand, stuck two branches in it that I picked up from our yard (judging the height and width of the cloche), and glued on Reindeer moss.
Then I positioned the butterflies on the branches and adhered them with Tacky glue. That’s it. So simple, and I love the effect! The online butterfly and moth images are so beautiful. Soon I’m creating a moth collectors’ box, so stay tuned.
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