Butterfly Candle Pillar

  measures 10" high without candle

measures 10" high without candle

 

Nothing says Spring like colorful butterflies. These seven in different colors hover around a distressed wooden candle pillar, the perfect decor for a dinner table, side table or shelf. The butterflies are airbrushed on clear plastic sheets then folded down the center to bring their wings to life. They flitter across artificial greens hot glued to the wooden pillar. With a six inch candle this project creates an impressive and colorful addition to any room. I found my candle at Michaels. Fair warning: using this candle may have addictive properties and should be purchased with caution. It's called "Baked Cookie"!

Allow all paint to dry between steps.
Protect surrounding areas from over spray.

Directions

 step 1 - Print out the template on card stock. Create the two different size stencils by cutting out the black areas with a craft knife. Cut out the squares on the green line. The blank border around the design will give you an unpainted space to grab when removing the stencil.

step 1 - Print out the template on card stock. Create the two different size stencils by cutting out the black areas with a craft knife. Cut out the squares on the green line. The blank border around the design will give you an unpainted space to grab when removing the stencil.

step 2 - Spray the wrong side of the card stock with adhesive. Press the sprayed side onto a plastic bag two or three times to remove excess adhesive which my be visible in the finished butterfly.

 step 3 - Position the stencils on a sheet of Clear Sticker Paper.

step 3 - Position the stencils on a sheet of Clear Sticker Paper.

step 4 - Create pastel colors by mixing White paint with the Turquoise, Green, Rose, and Yellow. Fill a paint cup with each color.

 step 5 - Attach a paint cup to the airbrush and spray with your desired paint colors.

step 5 - Attach a paint cup to the airbrush and spray with your desired paint colors.

 step 6 - Working with the airbrush very close to the design and a fine spray, paint the body of the butterfly and the outer edges with copper paint.

step 6 - Working with the airbrush very close to the design and a fine spray, paint the body of the butterfly and the outer edges with copper paint.

 step 7 - Remove the stencils and move them down the sheet. Do not place the sticky card stock back on painted areas of previously painted butterflies. Create a total of seven or eight butterflies.

step 7 - Remove the stencils and move them down the sheet. Do not place the sticky card stock back on painted areas of previously painted butterflies. Create a total of seven or eight butterflies.

 step 8 - Remove the backing from the Clear Sticker Paper.

step 8 - Remove the backing from the Clear Sticker Paper.

 step 9 - Place the Sticker Paper on a clear transparency sheet. This material is stiffer than the Sticker Paper and will give the butterflies shape.

step 9 - Place the Sticker Paper on a clear transparency sheet. This material is stiffer than the Sticker Paper and will give the butterflies shape.

 step 10 - With small scissors cut out the butterfly shapes slightly outside the painted edges (see red line on template). You can use the template as your guide by printing it on regular paper, placing the clear sheet on top of the paper, and tracing the red line. 

step 10 - With small scissors cut out the butterfly shapes slightly outside the painted edges (see red line on template). You can use the template as your guide by printing it on regular paper, placing the clear sheet on top of the paper, and tracing the red line. 

 step 11 - Cutting the butterfly shapes can also be done on a Silhouette Curio or Cameo machine using a PixScan mat. Contact me if you would like more information for using Pixscan with this project.

step 11 - Cutting the butterfly shapes can also be done on a Silhouette Curio or Cameo machine using a PixScan mat. Contact me if you would like more information for using Pixscan with this project.

 step 12 - Once cut out, fold the butterflies down the center with the painted surfaces together. Use a sharp object like a metal ruler to press against the crease to flatten it.

step 12 - Once cut out, fold the butterflies down the center with the painted surfaces together. Use a sharp object like a metal ruler to press against the crease to flatten it.

 step 13 - Using a glue gun, attach a few greens to the candle pillar.

step 13 - Using a glue gun, attach a few greens to the candle pillar.

 step 14 - Hot glue the butterflies to the greens. Distribute them around the candle pillar on all sides, alternating the sizes and colors.

step 14 - Hot glue the butterflies to the greens. Distribute them around the candle pillar on all sides, alternating the sizes and colors.

TIP

Clear transparency sheets can be expensive in packages. At Staples or other office supply stores that offer printing services, you can ask at the printing desk to buy a few sheets to avoid the cost of an entire package.


Supplies

At Testors

  • Aztek Airbrush with paint cups
  • 9450 Turquoise paint
  • 9473 Copper paint
  • 9451 Green paint
  • 9485 Rose paint
  • 9442 Yellow paint
  • 9449 White paint
  • 9444 Peach paint

At Michael's Store

  • Distressed Wood Candle Pillar 10"
  • Candle "Baked Cookie"
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Artificial greens
  • Spray Mount Repositionable adhesive
  • Card stock
  • Craft Knife
  • Small scissors

At Amazon

  • Silhouette Clear Sticker Paper

Miscellaneous

  • Transparency film from office supply store

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