Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Butterfly Clips

Teacher Appreciation Gift {Part 1 or 2}
I consider my children blessed to have wonderful teachers in their lives to help them learn.  I feel like they go above and beyond and no craft that I conjure up will ever be enough to thank them for what they put up with do year round.  But try I shall! 

Here's what I used:
-Pretty card stock (found in the scrapbook section of craft stores)
-Butterfly hole punch
-Spray paint
-Tiny clothes pins
-Hot glue gun/glue stick
-Painters tape (not pictured)

Decorative card stock paper is usually decorative on one side and white on the other.  I used spray paint on the white side to give it some color.  
I used painters tape to keep the card stock from flying away when I spray-painted it.

After the paint dried, I used the hole punch to cut out the butterflies.  I ended up using a different hole puncher than the one on the first picture.

My nail helped me crease along the body of the butterfly.  A ruler would work too.

I poured a line of hot glue along the body of the butterfly to stick the clothes pins.  I like using hot glue just because it adheres and dries fast.  But if you're patient, craft glue, such as Elmer's, would do the job too.
I didn't think of doing this until almost at the end but be sure to alternate the way you glue the pins so your butterflies don't look upside down.

What do you think of them?

After I finished this project, I was left wondering where the teachers could clip them.  I have a solution that I will be sharing tomorrow.  See you then!  :)

UPDATE 05.06.11:
Click photo for tutorial on the 3-in-1 picture frame where the
butterflies were displayed.

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Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Those are really cute. Can't wait to see what you are making to go with them. I am always forgetting to pick up those tiny clothespins when I'm at the store.

Anonymous said...


Plus, I love the fact that you're not giving a mug or an "apple themed" gift! I think every teacher has a ton of those!

Can't wait to see Part 2! :)


Melissa Spitler said...

As a future teacher, I can only hope to have a parent as nice and creative as you to make me an amazing gift! Love it so far... cannot wait until I see part 2

Kelli W said...

Those are too cute! I need more fun shaped paper punches like that:)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I think they're really cute! Spraying the back of the paper was a good idea~plain white underneath wouldn't be as cute.
I'm wondering what you'll show us tomorrow!

Tara said...

Nice idea! I may have to steal it. :)

Renee said...

these are so sweet!!! I want to be a teacher at your school! Seriously, I may also steal this for next year.

Renegades said...

Those are so cute and clever.