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Project #147

Time: 2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Mixed Media Paper
Desk Pins
Foam Board
Air-Dry Clay
Metallic Paints
Sargent Art Acrylic Glitter Glaze
Ultra Fine Point Permanent Black Marker
Colored Pencils
Paint Brushes
Tacky Glue
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Have fun making and displaying your own butterfly collection! This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Cut a 9x12" piece of Mixed Media Art Paper into quarters. Fold one quarter in half and draw a "top" wing. Turn the folded paper over and hold it up to a window and trace the wing, unfold the paper and go over the lines with an ultra fine point permanent black Sharpie marker. Repeat Step 1 to make the "bottom" wing.
  • Step 2
    Use colored pencils or markers to block out the pattern of the wings. Enhance your design with the pearlescent watercolors to add shimmer to the wings. Cut out the wings with scissors.
  • Step 3
    Take two pieces of thin wire (approximately 4" long) and twist 2/3 of it together. Next, sculpt a butterfly body from air-dry clay and add details. To complete the body, use the clay to add antennae to the top of the wire. Allow the body to dry and paint with metallic paints.
  • Step 4
    Glue two 1/4" squares of foam board together to create the mount for the butterfly. Next, glue the mount to the 5x5" Foam Board Square base. Once the mount has dried in place, glue the wings to the body. See demonstration in our YouTube video.
  • Step 5
    Glue the butterfly body to the mount and then stick the pin through the body into the mount. Brush on glitter glaze accents and allow it to dry.

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