Hey, guys- thanks so much for voting in the One Crafty Contest. Voting is over for this round, so I can reveal which project was mine. Did you guess correctly this time? Yep, my project entry was the Music- Themed Butterfly Shutter. And guess what- I’m in the top ten and go to the next round!!!
When I heard the theme for this round was washi tape, I had a mild panic attack because I had never used it before. After wandering around Hobby Lobby and brainstorming with my friend Cindy, I remembered I had these small decorative shutters at home. I bought a three-pack of them at a thrift store a couple of years ago. No particular plans for them at the time. You know, one of those “such a good price, surely I can find something to do with them” deals.
First, I painted the shutter with Rust-Oleum white spray primer. When I discovered that I was out of spray paint, I decided to just go with the primer. I was in a hurry, had one day to complete the project because we were headed out of town the next day- yikes!
When it was dry, I added a strip of music-patterned washi tape to each of the slats, as well as three strips across the top and one additional strip across the bottom section. In order to avoid the awkward handle thingy, I had to affix the tape to the slats from the back side.
I had trouble with the tape staying firmly attached, so I coated it with a layer of Mod Podge. Not sure how much that helped, but couldn’t hurt, right? Anyone else have problems with the tape? Maybe it was just a bad brand? Or error of the crafter?
Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut three different sizes of butterflies from three shades of purple card stock. I also cut three sizes from an old hymnal, slightly smaller than each size of purple butterfly. I glued the music butterflies on top of the purple cutouts, leaving the wings free, then folded the wings up from the body for a more dimensional look.
I knew I wanted the butterflies to kind of swoop up the shutter, light to dark. I played around with them until I was somewhat satisfied with the layout, then hot glued them into place.
Sorry about the blurry pictures- I was in a hurry, remember? :P Not entirely satisfied with the arrangement, either, but it had to do.
When everything was assembled, I lightly sprayed the whole thing with clear spray varnish. I like the black and white graphic of the music with the pop of purple. What do you think? What colors and patterns would you have used?
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