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Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

DIY Kids Butterfly Wings

These DIY butterfly wings are so easy to make kids can do it by themselves. All you need is one piece of poster board, scissors, yarn, a crayon, and paint. The first step is to draw wings onto the poster board using a crayon similar to the color scheme you have chosen for your wings. You can just “wing” it (pun totally intended) or you can ask a partner to help you. What we did is lie on the floor, on top of the poster board, and made an outline of our bodies. That way we knew where to start the wings and we had an appropriate sized butterfly body to work with.

Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

Then we cut out the butterfly drawing using scissors and bent the wings so they would flare out. While we had the wings bent we cut two holes on the fold (on each side) to thread the yarn through. The yarn will tie in the front to attach the wings to our bodies. You’ll want to make sure you have the yarn from the top holes go over your your shoulders and the yarn from the bottom holes go under your arms. We crossed the yarn in the back for extra stability (as suggested by a Facebook Fan…thank you, Oh Rain!) and crossed them again in the front.

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After making sure the wings would fit we took them off and my 5 year old daughter started painting. She used an old jar and a crayon to trace circles because she was inspired by the Monarch butterfly.

Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

We used glow in the dark craft paint, but you can use any kind of paint you want. We painted both sides of the wings because both sides can be seen. It is best to use paint that doesn’t require a lot of water. The poster board will curl a little if it gets too soggy. We worked in thin layers to build up richer colors and used the paint straight out of the bottle. Once the paint dried my daughter also added some plastic self-sticking jewels because she is all about the sparkle.

Kids DIY Butterfly Wings

Once the wings were dry we tied them back on  to give them a whirl. My daughter particularly liked that she could make the wings move by pushing on them with her elbows. She could pretend she was flying!

Kids DIY Butterfly WIngs
The Catterfly.

We went to a Halloween party last weekend and she was complimented many times. She was very proud because she painted them herself.

If you have a daughter like mine who likes to combine costumes (this year she plans to be a princess catterfly (part princess, part cat, part butterfly) you can always adapt the wings to suit your purpose. If you made the tops and bottom of the wings more pointy you could have fairy wings instead. You could also shape the poster board so it looks more like angel wings and paint feathers on instead for a completely different look.

I know we are making wings for Halloween, but wings are also a wonderful addition to a trunk filled with dress up clothes. After Halloween I often pick up costumes and costume propts for pennies on the dollar to add to out pretend play collection, but it’s always more fun to make them yourself, isn’t it?

Happy Creating!



30 Paintings In 30 Days 2015 Day 8 And 9

I’m killing two birds with one stone today. See what I did there? Birds…get it? Two bird paintings. OK, I’m sure you got it immediately. I’m just making sure because it often takes me all day to come up with something legitimate to say about my paintings. Well, sometimes it does. I mean, my thinking is, “I already painted them and now I have to talk about them too?”

Awww shucks.

Sometimes I just don’t have much to say about my paintings. Maybe they should all have deep, philosophical or political meanings. Maybe they should be dark and mysteriously emotional. Maybe they should be the voice of those without a voice: Each stroke of the paintbrush hidden with truth and existential crisis. Each painting carefully constructed to portray the secrets of life.

Nope, today it’s just birds. Birds I felt like painting because I like birds. Sometimes art can be that simple.

30 Paintings In 30 Days 2015 Days 8 And 9.
Owl in mixed media on cradled canvas panel, 8×8.

Sometimes an owl is just an owl and a tweety, yellow bird is just a tweety, yellow bird.

30 Paintings in 30 Days 2015 Days 8 and 9.
“Tweety Yellow Bird” mixed media on canvas, 8×8.

Sometimes there is enough meaning, deep and tragic, going on in the real world and we just need a moment to escape. A moment for fun or beauty. A moment for nature in all of its glory and simplicity. Sometimes a painting is exactly what it appears to be. A bird is just a bird.

Sometimes we just need things to be that easy.

I hope you find a few easy moments in your day today. Moments where things are exactly what they appear to be. No more and no less. Embrace the simplicity!


P.S. I haven’t been adding my paintings to the link up on Leslie Saeta’s blog because sometimes her blog is so busy I can’t get the page to load. I guess that is just a symptom of the popularity of this challenge. If you’d like to see more art from artists painting for 30 days please click on her name and take a look at all of the work being done by my fellow artists.

2015 New Mexico Arts And Crafts Fair Begins Today

Hey, Happy Readers, I’ve been missing in action on the blog lately because I have been busy getting ready for the 2015 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. It begins today so if you are in the Albuquerque area this weekend stop by and say hello.

Booth at the 2015 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair

I spent yesterday setting up my booth and I was impressed by the amazing work going up around me. There are some seriously talented artists in New Mexico. I wish I had more time to wonder around and visit each booth. I wish I was independently wealthy too because I want to buy everything. Just from my booth alone I could see a fiber artists selling gorgeous sweaters, amazingly tiny oil pastel paintings that I went gaga over, Raku fired clay clocks (mind blown), and right next to me are these fascinating sculptures that I thought were clay, but are actually made with paper (I’m in awe). I’m enjoying the creative vibe. It’s contagious!

I was worried about having enough paintings for the show, but I actually had more than I could display. I’m learning about how to set up a booth and what kind of booth I have. I was a little worried that my booth might be over the top and flashy next to my fellow artists. The creative people surrounding me have more minimal sophisticated displays than I do. It’s really interesting to see the choices each artist makes and how those choices reflect their personalities. My booth definitely has a whimsical bohemian vibe. When you turn the corner and see it the first word that comes to mind is “fun.” That was my goal and I am super happy I was able to pull that off. I wasn’t really sure if it was going to come together, but in the end it certainly did! I’ll be writing more about this entire process and give you some perspective on what it is like to participate in your first art show.

2015 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair Booth Set-Up

If you attend the show I am in booth 108 which is just a few spaces down from the silent auction and demonstration booth. I hope to see you there!

Have a terrific weekend,