This craft got five stars from both my kids, and as usual, it’s not quite what I had in mind when I started. However, the end result was more awe inspiring than the original would have been.
This craft really started with a buy one get one for a penny sale on craft foam at Micheal’s. I decided instead of buying a second pack of regular foam I would buy a pack of pre-cut butterflies. Once I got them home I sort of regretted the buy because I thought a few might be fun, but it was going to get boring decorating a whole stack of butterflies. So the butterfly foam pack has been sitting in my craft closet for a few months and I had been mulling over the idea of doing a mobile with some of them to at least deplete the stack . Yesterday when Danny wanted to craft he spotted them and asked to make some butterflies. I sold him on the mobile idea and we started to decorate. We actually had lots of fun and between the three of us we decorated 11 butterflies! I had planned on dismantling his planetary mobile that we made a few months ago and replacing the planets and stars with butterflies, but as I was laying them out to dry on the dining room table, I looked up and realized that our light fixture would make a really great mobile base. My son was more than thrilled to have his work on display in such a high traffic area of our house 🙂 It does add a certain je ne sais quoi to the ambiance in our dinning room (and by je ne sais quoi, I literally mean I don’t know). My husband claims that he know exactly what it adds, and judging by his tone it wasn’t all good… Oh well, he’ll just have to get used to it. I suspect having a mobile in our dining room is going to be a recurring project idea 🙂
Okay, so here’s what we used to make this mobile (so many substitutions are possible, so just use what you have!)
- pre-cut craft foam butterflies
- peel and stick craft foam flowers
- peel and stick sparkly craft foam (I cut it into small rectangles)
- Crayola pip squeaks glitter pens
- Elmers Shimmer and Shine art glaze
- crochet thread
- darning needle (a.k.a yarn needle)
And here’s how we made them:
- Gather all your supplies and decorate the butterflies. The kids don’t need a lot of help with this one, so I decorated some butterflies as well. I found that my decorating gave the kids ideas for how they could decorate theirs.
- Thread your needle with crochet thread and use the needle to pierce the foam butterflies.
- Tie crochet thread to your mobile base (in this case my light fixture).
NOTE: After I hung them all up I realized that we could have let them dry completely and decorated the other side as well before hanging them. We may do that next time, although the effect is still quite impressive with only one side decorated.