First Attempt at a "Steampunk" Butterfly

95K Views
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!
Time: 2 HoursCost: $30Difficulty: Easy
  • first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling
These are the materials I started with.
  • first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I cut the sponge and dabbed into the paint....
  • first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling
and then dabbed the paint on the box.
  • first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling
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.
  • first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I then began hot gluing, first the print off, then the parts.
  • first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling
And a little more glued down....
  • first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling
and this is the rest of the story. What do ya think?

Suggested materials for this project:

    RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com

    Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

    Go
    • Taylor @ TayRose Design
      Taylor @ TayRose Design Phoenix, NY
      on Jan 11, 2015

      Nice job! A suggestion, maybe use some springs from the watch parts pulled out a bit for the antennae. Hinges were a perfect choice for they look like butterflies already. Your friend will love it!

      • Cindy Lair
        Cindy Lair Edinboro, PA
        on Jan 11, 2015

        Oh my gosh- I can't even tell you how I love this! Where did you find all the parts you put on?

          • RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com
            RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com Colorado Springs, CO
            on Jan 11, 2015

            @Cindy Lair Thank you so much! Believe it or not, I got all of the parts from hobby lobby. I have also found parts on etsy.com. Since this seems to have turned out pretty well, I think I may buy more parts from etsy so I can incorporate other parts like the springs Taylor recommended on future projects.