How to make soda bottle butterflies
Sep 12, 2011
6 Steps to a beautiful handmade butterfly
Not sure what to do with those empty plastic soda bottles? Transform them into beautiful butterflies. This project is both fun and eco-friendly.
What you need: Old plastic soda bottles
Paper butterfly images to trace
Black permanent marker
Piece of wood
Black polymer clay
Small black seed beads
Prepare the bottle
Wash off the label by soaking the
plastic bottle in some warm water and dish detergent. Pick off leftover bits of the label, but don't worry about any glue that remains. Cut off the curved top and bottom of the bottle so that only a straight plastic cylinder remains.
Cut a straight edge through the gluey part of the bottle to create a plastic rectangle.
In a circular motion, sand the outside of the plastic rectangle so the paint can adhere to it. Your plastic should appear frosted or matte.
Pick a butterfly
butterfly images or find some in a magazine. Print and/or cut out your favorites and, using a permanent marker, trace the outline onto your plastic.
Make sure the tips of the wings are parallel to the top of the plastic so you can fold it later.
Pin your plastic to the wood (but avoid pushing pins into your traced butterfly shapes). Use enough pins to make sure the plastic lies flat.
Paint the wings
Start with a white or light-color base layer to block some light and make a better surface for the next paint layer. Brush from the center out, and stay inside the lines. Let it dry.
paint layer is the background layer and features the color of your butterfly. (If your butterfly has two colors, use the lighter color for this step.) Step 4:
Use a fine-tip
paintbrush for veins, dots and other realistic butterfly details. Refer often to your butterfly photo. Allow to dry. With a clean damp paintbrush, add mica powder to create a realistic sheen on the wings.
Make butterfly bodies
clay to form bodies for your butterflies. Cut short lengths of wire to create antennae and press into clay.
Add black seed
beads for eyes. Bake your clay bodies as instructed on the package.
Cut, assemble and finish
Cut out the butterfly wings.
Spray the wings (but not the bodies!) with a varnishing spray.
Use a strong glue or
epoxy to attach the wings to the body. And you're done!
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