The One with the Butterfly Chandelier


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I was so excited when I came across this butterfly chandelier on Pinterest. I just HAD to make one of my own!
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I was even more excited after digging around the internet to find the original source on Second Sister Suaviloquy. My excitement was pegged when I emailed April and asked how to make this stunning chandelier and she told me to call her. So one day while in Washington on Spring Break I called her and got a list of supplies and a quick how-to tutorial. I've been working on it all weekend and finished late last night.
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Supplies: 
- 12" and 8" foam wreaths
- large assortment of patterned paper in colors of your choosing (I used lines from American Crafts like Peachy Keen, Hello Sunshine, Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, and more)
- 1 yard of white muslin
- scissors
- 2 binder rings: one large, one small
- pearl and heart stickpins
- assortment of butterfly punches (these are all by Martha Stewart Crafts)
- Silhouette Cameo for die cutting extra large butterflies
- variety of ribbons, trims, pearl strands, tulle, sequin strands, etc.
- 12 feet of plastic chandelier garlands (I found these ones from Koyal Wholesale)
- hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
- staple gun

I spent three hours punching and die-cutting hundreds, if not thousands, of butterflies! I even ran out and had to punch more.
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One important step is to wrap the foam wreaths with muslin strips in preparation for hot gluing all the butterflies in place - otherwise the glue will melt the foam.
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Also, it's MUCH MUCH easier to work on if the chandelier is dangling.
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All done!
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Now it's hanging above Jane's crib. Hopefully she'll love it as much as I do!
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Next project: altering frames and canvases.
Paige Taylor Evans © // Quinn Creatives DESIGN