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Paper Makings

I admit, I have a “thing” for decorating, playing, and crafting with paper.

Paper gets you such a visual bang for your almost unspent dollar.

And butterflies have become my current paper obsession.

From Shalavee.com, Flower boat centerpiece with paper butterflies

The first I made were these butterflies from color copied card stock.

I cut out three different sizes and glued them to the flowers and the wreath handle on my flower boats.

These were created as centerpieces and ended up in a local restaurant.

From shalavee.com, butterfly thank yous for the baby shower

This butterfly version also appeared on my Butterfly Thank You Notes.

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Last Christmas, I made butterflies from envelopes.

There are more where they came from. And will show up again.

The last butterflies were the accordion fold butterflies. I was inspired to make these from a Pinterest picture, of course.

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I die every time I see this picture.. Perfect.

They aren’t hard to fold but you need very tight folds.From Shalavee.com, accordian ffolded butterflies tutorial

You do have to cut them right to achieve the shape. I looked at the picture and copied what I saw.

My brain works like this, “Cutting from corner angled down to third ridge then doubling back, then down to second valley.”

Good Luck.

From Shalave.com, accordian folded butterflies tutorial

These were made from scrap-book paper. Packs come in matching colors and patterns.

After the fold, I tied them with stunt yarn. After the cutting, little ribbon sashes were attached.

I grouped the butterflies together in threes to put on old book paper wreaths.

From Shalavee.com, Newspaper leaf wreath

To make the wreaths, I grabbed old encyclopedias and

started cutting leaf shapes out.

From Shalavee.com, Newspaper leaf wreath

I then affixed the “leaves” to a base of cardboard cut in the shape of an O.

From Shalavee.com, Newspaper leaf wreath on green clapboard wall

This took all of five minutes to make.

From Shalavee.com, Accordian butterflies on newspaper leaf wreaths

They then became something like these. Although the butterflies were larger here and I used some color paged leaves as well.

 I promptly gifted these to my two special blogging friends, Kathy and Amy. We were to bring gifts we’d made

to our Christmastime blog meeting. Our get together had inspired me to be creative.

My gratitude for friendship brings out my creativity the most.

Do you find that to be true of you too?

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There’s more paper projects coming tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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