First Attempt at a "Steampunk" Butterfly

2 Hours

My friend loves butterflies and some steampunk styles so I figured I would create one for her. This is my first attempt so please be kind, but feedback on how I can improve would be greatly appreciated!
These are the materials I started with.
I cut the sponge and dabbed into the paint....
and then dabbed the paint on the box.
I then printed and cut out a butterfly drawing and placed it on the box and then placed gears and buttons on the top of the box. No glue at this point, just wanted to see how it looked.
I then began hot gluing, first the print off, then the parts.
And a little more glued down....
and this is the rest of the story. What do ya think?

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3 questions
  • Terri Stock
    on Dec 18, 2015

    Regarding the steampunk butterfly. Did you remove the copy paper print at any time? Like before you actually started gluing the stuff down or what? Was the hot glue strong enough to keep the heavy parts together? Was the final butterfly attached to the black box base that you pained black? Sorry the instructions were just a little too vague for the ole gal. Thank you. If you could e-mail me direct at that would be great.

  • Bab11590735
    on Dec 16, 2016

    It that a wood box or card board? I can't wait to try this after Christmas.

    • Ver32094934
      on Dec 17, 2017

      My name is Veronica and i am in love with this butterfly. I started about 20 years ago all sort of things to collect. Things what in some way have to do with my life, to make a mood board. And butterfly's are my favorite animals. But i never came on the idea of this beautiful combination! I want to thank jou for jour beautiful idea.
      Thank you for your this. my only question is: wat sort of gleu you jused?
      Great Hollydays to you from Veronica Rozema
  • Mva25746150
    on Dec 31, 2017

    Love this butterfly and can't wait to try..Have some pieces I have been holding to figure out what to do with and these will be perfect for the butterfly project. One question: What kind of glue did you use?

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  • Angel K
    on Jan 17, 2019

    Butterflies are my absolute favorite!! I love love this idea!!! Definitely going to try this!!

  • Lisa
    on Jan 3, 2020

    Your first try ? You did great , it's beautiful ! You have a great eye

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