Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cute Butterfly Box

Wooden Butterfly Box
I finished decorating this wooden butterfly box for my younger daughter today.  I got the idea from the Michael's website several years ago, when I made one for my older daughter.  The first one I made had pink butterfly wings, and this one (obviously) has purple.  I bought one of the unfinished wood boxes, and painted it with DecoArt Americana acrylic paints.  The colors I used are Country Blue, White Wash, Yellow Green, and Lavender (although the first box I made used Peony Pink for the upper parts of the wings).  First I painted the entire box, both outside and inside, with 2 coats of the Country Blue, and painted the handle in White Wash.  I used transfer paper to trace the butterfly designs randomly all over the box.  I painted the butterfly's body White Wash, the upper wings Lavender, the lower wings Yellow Green, and added the white dots and "comma" shape on the wings in White Wash.  After all of that was finished and dry, I painted Crystal Craft Twinkles on the wings and handle.  I randomly painted dots of White Wash all over the box; finally, I traced the outlines, antennae, and eyes of the butterflies with a fine-point black Sharpie.  It's really really cute and both girls have been very happy to have their very own butterfly collection boxes.  They are mostly filled with rocks, but that is totally ok.

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