Butterfly Specimen Art

After my snowflake specimen art came out so well, I've been trying to re-create the magic with some very mixed success. But this butterfly one came out so well that I can't wait to show it off! Seriously, it looks even better in person - more like an actual butterfly collector's display (where the actual butterfly is pinned down). And the pinks and green match my bedroom comforter, which is what I was hoping for!

This is the Martha Stewart punch I used (I got it on clearance from Joann.com a month or so ago) and then these are some of the butterflies I created... 

I used the styrofoam double-sided squares (cut into 4 so one square supported 4 butterflies because they were so little and the foam squares started out so big) and laid them out using the grid from Tatertots and Jello like so...

And then the final product was ready to be framed!

I don't yet have an awesome lightbox thing set up to help with photos, so once the glass was over it, no amount of maneuvering and altering the light could do much about the glare, so here are a few shots of the final butterfly specimen art!

And, because I love the Picnik collage, a look at everything...

I'm linking up to some of my favorite conferences!


  1. Love it! That's great! It turned out beautifully.

  2. Just so you know, I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. (The post will be up later today.) Feel free to play along, directions are in my post.

  3. That is very crafty. Nice job. Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving such a nice comment.

  4. This is gorgeous. I'm going to make one too to hang on the wall in our guest bedroom opposite this one I made a few days ago:

  5. Very nice. I'm in the process of making one of these too.

  6. This is an awesome idea & tutorial! It would be a great addition to my daughters "fairy" room! She would have so much fun helping me create it too!
    If you're looking for another linky party to link to...it would be a really cool feature in my SpringGreen party.
    I'm your newest follower too!
    All the Best!!!
    ...M...@ RequireLife

  7. Because of you, I knew that I was going to buy one of these... and I did! I even got it 40% off with a Michaels craft coupon. Woo Hoo! Now I even want to buy the monarch butterfly stamp/punch. Thanks for the idea! And when I asked my very artistic husband if I could just put them all over the house (without a picture frame - just free form) he actually said 'YES, of course you can!' There are going to be butterfly's EVERYWHERE in my house. Again, thanks for the idea!


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