Butterfly House

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P1040803When my sons were little, we used to regularly go to somewhere near us that had a butterfly house. It was a giant greenhouse where all manner of butterflies were free to fly and flutter and the public could wander amongst them. There were also giant snails and palms with tiny bananas. These days I doubt either of them would give a butterfly a second glance!

Today I have a butterfly house to show you and I must thank Dionne whose own little butterfly house inspired me to give this a try.

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This started life as a plain, unfinished wooden birdhouse which you can pick up very cheaply. Before I started blogging I invested in a job lot as little decorated houses was going to be my thing. Then I got scared and they have remained largely untouched –  until now! I gave the house a coat of a gesso and then dry brushed some brown on the roof.

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The butterfly images all come from The Graphics Fairy. If you print the sheet in black and white these are just like digital stamps

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I printed them in various sizes and coloured them with distress inks before cutting out. I stuck them flat to the house and then added a layer of clear crackle paint. Once that had dried I layered up a second image over the first making some smaller and some the same size as the original.

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I stuck moss around the base of the house, over the perch and little strands here and there on the roof and walls. There’s also a little Flowersoft on the roof.

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I’ve attached ivory crochet lace all around the roof (thank you Dionne for this idea!).

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The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts – I coloured the open roses and blossoms with Vintage Photo, although they did look fine in their original white.

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As well as linking this up for The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday Party I am also sharing it over at Papercraft Star for their current challenge and at Really Reasonable Ribbon for the things with wings and ribbon challenge.

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Comments

Butterfly House — 8 Comments

  1. Wow, didn’t you do an amazing job. I love the way you have layered the butterflies and the moss is inspired. Your butterfly house looks terrific.

    Dionne xx

  2. Super New and Creative project! Love the lace! This message is a bit later than I would’ve liked, but I couldn’t resist stopping in just to say thanks so much for participating int he Really Reasonable Challenge and sharing your adorable work! It’s always a pleasure to visit out participants and get the inspiration and make blog land friends!
    Hugs,
    Tammy Louise

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