Photo by Donaville Herrick
- 3 – 4 pages from a book
- 1/2 sheet of 12″ x 12″ kraft paper
- 3 – 4 twigs
- glue (I used a glue gun)
This week’s DIY combines my love of two things: paper and nature. I bought a simple, unadorned small birdcage candle holder from Michael’s a little while ago and I’ve been meaning to do something with it besides sticking a tea light in it or hanging it from the ceiling (though I still might do the latter). I thought about trying my hand at creating a terrarium and growing sprouts perhaps, but I didn’t have much luck growing sprouts and terrariums can be quite messy if not contained in a jar or something providing full enclosure around the sides.
I knew I wanted to incorporate butterflies somehow, so I did a bit of research and happened upon this sensational butterfly terrarium by Sweet Paul, found via Emmaline Bride. I gathered a few twigs from the backyard, a few pages from an old book I’ve been upcycling this past month, a bobbin, and half a sheet of kraft paper (one of my favorite papers to work with) and got to work on creating a simple and eco-friendly bird cage centerpiece.
1. Cut flower petals from your book pages and kraft paper (roughly 1/4″ wide by 1/2″ tall for the book pages and 3/4″ by 2″ tall for the kraft paper) and cut out three butterflies out of the book pages (roughly 3″ wide by 2″ tall).
2. Fashion flowers out of all the book page and kraft paper petals. I glued together five petals to form each flower, glueing the bottom right corner front of each petal to the bottom left corner backside of another petal. Glue together all three layers of the butterflies (not pictured).
3. Combine the book page petals with the kraft paper petals.
4. Glue a single twig (without any excess branches) to the bobbin and glue the bobbin
to the bottom of the votive holder. The bobbin gives the entire structure stability, so you don’t have to glue the twig directly to the bottom of the votive holder. Some bobbins don’t have hollow centers like the one I used, so you might have to drill a hole in the center, wide enough that the twig will fit inside. Slide the votive holder in place at the bottom of the birdcage and twist to lock.
5. Glue other twigs to the single twig. And make sure the twigs are firmly in place before you start attaching any flowers onto the piece.
6. Glue flowers along the twigs and spread them out evenly or cluster them if you like.
7. Enjoy your centerpiece!
If you aren’t planning a party or wedding anytime soon, never fear, this lovely birdcage centerpiece would make a nice addition to your bookshelf, your dining room table, suspended above your kitchen sink, in the corner of your office, or any place your heart desires.