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Maple Seed Butterfly Art

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I had been planning on making some art work using a bunch of helicopters (a.k.a. maple seeds) I had gathered and I knew a butterfly would be the perfect subject.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
I picked up an old window at the flea market for $10. I decided on a coral color scheme and created an ombre effect by mixing the paint myself.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
I love the way the helicopters look in their natural dried state, so I chose to leave them that way for the outer and inner borders of the butterfly.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Now for the how to's. To create your own maple seed butterfly art you'll need:
1) Maple Seeds (a.k.a. helicopters)
2) Old Window or Framed Glass
3) Craft Paints
4) Glue (I used E-6000)
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Spring and fall are the best times to gather maple seeds. After you collect them you'll want to allow them to dry out. You can accelerate the drying process by laying them out in a single layer in a window sill. After a few days they will fade to the desired color.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Decide on a color scheme and buy or mix your paint. If an ombre effect is desired you can start with the darkest paint as your base and then mix in white or cream to lighten the formula each time you paint a new layer.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Draw or print out an outline of a butterfly sized to fit the frame you are using.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Place the drawing beneath the glass, centered within your frame. Begin gluing the helicopters around the outer edge, following the general shape of the outline as shown.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Once you have finished the outline you are ready to start on the second layer.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Glue the second layer, overlapping the first layer and covering the seed pod.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Continue gluing each consecutive layer in the same manner until your butterfly is complete.
  • maple seed butterfly art, crafts, home decor, wall decor
Thank you so much for stopping in! Happy creating!

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  • Carole
    Carole Australia

    How clever and so pretty! Great idea.

  • Tricia Plaisance Christensen
    Tricia Plaisance... Mandeville, LA

    this is literally about 20 seconds of picking them off the ground. I have thousands that I picked up in the last 2 days. INCREDIBLE!

  • Tricia Plaisance Christensen
    Tricia Plaisance... Mandeville, LA

    my tree is huge and has many many more seeds to give up.

  • Janet Anne Burgess

    This is beautiful! I would love to try this! btw i love that you call the seeds helicopters...haha I thought i was the only one that did that! lol

  • CG
    CG Las Vegas, NV

    Kim I definitely am interested. Please tell me what you want for them. I want a big amount. gloria

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