Monday, May 24, 2010


From the minute I saw Kim Kesti's butterfly mobile in Paper Crafts May/June 2010 issue (bonus online projects) I knew I had to try this gorgeous project!  My take is a little different, using Prima's Flights of Fancy papers, coordinating plain and patterned flowers, and glittered cardstock stickers, Prima Tropics Pebbles, Webster's Pages sparklers (vintage and scalloped) buttons (loving these!), Prima butterflies, Tim Holtz Rock Candy distress stickles and distress paint and magenta and turquoise stickles, misc. ribbon, Maya Road crystal trinket pin (hyped up a bit), Maya Mist in Iridescent Pearl, crochet thread in white shot with silver, wood embroidery hoop, and of course, misc. bling!!!!  While the focal point is the butterflies (sizzix and spellbinders), I also used other shapes cut using sizzix and spellbinders dies including hearts and scalloped circles and used the coordinating flowers for Flights of Fancy!

I did have a dickens of a time getting good photos and I'm still not sure I succeeded, but I hope y'all will get the gist!  I recommend using Kim's directions -- I will just comment on tips and tricks I used.

The ends of the 7 lengths of crochet thread are anchored by Webster's fantastic Sparklers buttons -- glue a pair together with the thread sandwiched in between -- I used zip dry adhesive on everything.  Then just continue up each length of thread using pairs of embellished butterflies -- glue only the center of the butterflies together and bend out the wings. 

Stickles, Distress Stickles, Rock Candy Distress paint, ink and bling highlight the shapes and make them pop!  Once I had the butterflies spaced, I filled in with other shapes, tiny butterflies, bling and the Tropics Pebbles and more of the buttons!

Per Kim's instructions, I attached the top ends of the thread to the embroidery hoop, covered the outer hoop with pink grosgrain ribbon and added two Prima butterflies and a stickpin.  Then I attached thread to gather at the top (Kim uses wire), tied it to a decorative ring, and it was ready to hang!!!  I'm already planning another, but this time I am going with a smaller hoop and shorter threads!

Thanks for looking!!


  1. LOVE this!!! I have been thinking of doing something similar to this for years now and never get around to it. I need to. This is so inspiring and pretty and wonderful!


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