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TUTORIAL: DIY Tulle Butterflies

Tuesday, April 20, 2010C Riches

TUTORIAL: DIY Tulle Butterflies


Last summer I was preparing my children's joint birthday Garden Party, scouring the internet for ideas, tutorials etc, and that was when I discovered the world of crafts. But most importantly, I discovered that I loved creating stuff with my own hands, and the instant gratification of seeing something I made bring smile to the faces of those I loved.

I first came across this method back last summer at my dear friend Claudia's Feito a MaoBut as usual, I have changed it a bit, and instead of using panty hose or stockings; I am using tulle. I was not trying to be clever, but tulle was all I could get my hands on quickly and I love using stuff I already have at home. So I gave this a go and it worked!


TUTORIAL: DIY Tulle Butterflies


What you'll need:

* 2mm wire. But let's not be anal here, any wire that bends easily by hand but is thick enough to withstand the tulle being wrapped around it is ok. Just test a little with your fingers to see. But even a coat hanger would do the job if you want to make really huge butterflies (wings?)
* Thinner wire, the kind to make jewellery? It's less than a 1mm thick and very, very malleable.
* Tulle in the colours of your choice
* Coloured beads
* Wire cutter and Scissors


TUTORIAL: DIY Tulle Butterflies Crafts



TUTORIAL: DIY Tulle Butterflies: How to make the tulle butterflies


1) Wrap your thicker wire around a  pot to make the wings. the pot acts as a template so all your wings are the same size. Roughly. Twist the ends and trim

2) Repeat 3 other times to get 2 sets of 2 wings = 4 wire loops in total

3) Wrap a piece of tulle around each loop and secure with the thinner wire, twisting at the end to secure in place. The trick here is to really pull and twist the tulle tightly so you get neater wings.

4) Now layer all 4 loops on top of each other and secure with the thin wire. I started doing 2 loops at a time, but I think doing all 4 together makes more sense as you use less wire! :)

5) Trim off excess tulle.

6) Now open your loops to reveal a butterfly shape!

7) Using the thicker wire, insert some beads. Quantity will depend on the size of your butterfly.

8) Wrap around the middle of your butterfly and twist the ends to secure in place. Twist the tip of the wire to form the antennae.

You can use as an embellishment (hot glue it where you want) or attach hair clips or pins to the back. In that case, you can glue a piece of felt or fabric to hide the tulle at the back.

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50 comments

  1. Cris
    Adoro tule!!! Apesar de não gostar de borboletas... rs. Achei lindo... na verdade, não é que não gosto de borboletas... tenho medo de borboletas... rs
    Beijos
    lelê

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  2. These are sooooo pretty! I love 'em!
    Yes, your comment came through at Not Just Paper and Glue but I could not respond to you by email.

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  3. Oi Amiga, vc já tentou usar meia calça? Sabe aquelas que estragam..puxam fio? nós que temos meninas sempre temos...rs..entao tb dá para usar e fazer cada coisa linda...minha mae é que adora fazer ...ama tuli...rs...obrigada pela dica!
    beijinhos
    So

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  4. So eu ja fiz, so que naot tinhe nenhuma dessa vez, caredita?! kkkk

    vc ja fez? Mostra, vai?! :)

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  5. Wonderful tutorial! I'm going to have to try to make some of these as I adore butterflies!

    I've recently re-discovered my love of crafting and have been having SO much fun finding blogs such as yours that help foster my desire to create!

    Thank you!

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  6. Puxa amiga, nao tenho nenhuma por aqui..mas vou tentar ver se consigo scannear uns arranjos que minha mae fez para o meu casamento....tudo recheado com amendoas portuguesas...na época foi lindo...rs....era em tom rosa envelhecido ou salmao....
    beijinhos my little bird

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  7. What a great and simple idea. There are so many things to use a pretty butterfly with...such as a cake. I do love butterflies.

    Have a great butterfly day. flitting from blog to blog and seeing lots of treasures at the same time.

    I love this.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  8. Jeanne, this exactly why I blog too! Love to be able to inspire and be inspired by others! Thanks for youe sweet comment! :)

    So, to doida pra ver! E essa amendoas, nunca comi...

    Jeanne,

    Have a fab day too! Now I'll go flutter by... :)

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  9. Jeanne, this exactly why I blog too! Love to be able to inspire and be inspired by others! Thanks for youe sweet comment! :)

    So, to doida pra ver! E essa amendoas, nunca comi...

    Jeanne,

    Have a fab day too! Now I'll go flutter by... :)

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  10. que lindos, tenho muita vontade de trabalhar com meia de seda.

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  11. These caught my eye at various McLinky parties. I just had to come check them out! I've always wondered how they were made. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!

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  12. Awe - love these! So sweet! Come plant your creative seeds at my blog party on Friday: Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions.

    Hope to see you there!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  13. Que lindas cris, icaram muito fofas! Parabéns! Bjs!

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  14. How beautiful! These would make great little hair accessories.

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  15. Really neat! I used to get these store bought on my Easter Basket left by EB. Never thought about making them.

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  16. Thanks for the cute butterfly tutorial.Trish

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  17. cute...cute cute. I bought some from walmart awhile ago and they were like a buck a piece. and they weren't that cute!!! love them!

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  18. Oi, Cris! Este post me lembrou anos atrás qd minha irmã engravidou e me pediu que fizesse um móbile com borboletas e flores de meia. A técnica é a mesma, só muda o material. Na época encontrei poucos tutoriais na web mas hj em dia existem aos montes! Fica bem bonita e tão delicado quanto as feitas com tule, mas achei mais fácil de fazer.
    Ah! Qt ao GIMP, o conheço sim, mas nunca o usei, mas já ouvi falar muito bem. Agora, q t ser melhor que o Photoshop, bem, acho difícil, já viu o que é possível fazer com o CS5? O programa já é bom, e o pessoal da Adobe conseguiu melhorar mais ainda! Não tem jeito, AMO o programa. Uso desde a versão 5, lançada a mais de 10 anos atrás! Mas lógico que não me fecho a conhecer outros editores, mas como já sou fanzona, continuo com ele mesmo. :) Beijão! Fabi.

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  19. Very cute! They look like lots of fun to make.

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  20. Que graça as borboletas! Adorei!
    Beijos!

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  21. Que tutorial bacana, parece fácil de fazer. Quem sabe eu não consiga fazer?
    Ah, passando para dizer que amei o blog!
    Beijo grande!

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  22. Fabi a dica do Gimp é para que nao tem muita grana pra comprar softwares caros como o Photshop! :)

    Mas saiba que mesmo profissionais do ramo de graphic design usam GIMP, por isso quem ta começando é uma otima opçao!

    beijos

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  23. Cris, fiquei super feliz de encontrá-la em meu blog. Obrigada pela visitinha. hum... que trabalho lindo!!! Ai, meu Deus, mais uma coisa que quero aprender, rsrsrs, sou muito ansiosa, adoro aprender de tudo, geminiana,rsrs. Bjs: Tia Ném.

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  24. VERY cute! I think I may know a few little girls who would like these!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  25. These are darling and truly versatile! Great tutorial.

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

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  26. I forgot to tell you. How cool, you live in Souther France! Are you French?
    I want to know more. Your blog is adorable.
    Gros bisous
    Frenchy

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  27. Much simpler than I thought it would be; thanks!

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  28. Just adorable...they would be perfect on top of a gift.
    Thanks for sharing

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  29. oh my goodness I am in love! These would be so gorgeous as little butterfly fairy princess wands with sparkles and ribbon....oh or as hair accesories! So much to see and create, I'm so glad i've stopped by....I'm inspired!

    Katie

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  30. These are darling! I always wondered how they were made! Lovely!

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  31. These are adorable!

    I'm hosting a blog party right now and I'd love it if you stopped by. Hope to see you at Saturday is Crafty Day!

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  32. These are SO cute! and look super easy to make too. Thank you for the tutorial. Going onto my to-do list for sure.

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  33. Great tutorial! Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday!

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  34. Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day @ along for the ride! Hope to see you back next week!

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  35. Nice tutorial
    Thanks for linking up to I'm Lovin' it!

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  36. These are awesome! I am forwarding to my sister for my niece's party in July. She has a butterfly themed room, too.

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  37. What a great tute--my daughter would love to make some of these with me I am sure--thanks for sharing!

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  38. Very cute project! Thanks for sharing your post for Friday Favorites!

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  39. Aww, these are so pretty! The perfect girly decor. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

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  40. Rachel,

    Be my guest! ;)

    Thank you for stopping by

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  41. These are great! Thanks for posting the tutorial. We are redecorating my daughter's bedroom, and she has requested a butterfly theme. These are going to be perfect!

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  42. This would be great to make it into a clip! And also add to a fairy wand!

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  43. Lora Joy, if you make them come back and show us?! :)

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  44. OMG OMG its so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Bonjour
    c'est super mignon
    merci de nous faire découvrir
    bisous bisous

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  46. all of your projects were really cute ... i am quite happy to have chance upon your site .... thanks for sharing and hope you can come up with more projects

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  47. Olá!!! Amei o seu Blog. já estou te seguindo.

    Beijos.
    Selma Artesanatos

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  48. Sandra@ribbonsandfavors.com
    Thank you so much for sharing this very simple tutorial on some darling tulle butterflies. We enjoy discovering great ideas like this using tulle. These would make a charming addition to wedding decor and party decor. A few of these would look great tucked into a bouquet or decorating a small favor box or gift box.

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