|Bright and beautiful butterflies add a sweet touch to your birthday, baby, or bridal shower.|
First, here is the link to the free pdf template. It is very simple and I would recommend printing it up on white card stock so it is more sturdy for tracing. She had a couple of cute ideas for using these butterfly cutouts:
|pictures from the Martha Stewart website|
How cute and lovely are these? I thought using them on the straws for the glasses would be perfect for this party. I simply used some pretty left over scraps of card stock I had in different designs and patterns, and traced many a butterfly while I was watching TV, a few nights in a row. Soon I had amassed a large pile of the pretty bugs in many shades. One thing I thrive on by the way, is being thrifty. If I can plan ahead and make some of the decorations myself in an inexpensive way, I really pride myself on that. You can still throw a beautiful party on a budget.
I had purchased some pink and purple paper favor bags at the Dollar Tree (10 bags for $1) and had this idea to slightly bend the butterfly (so it would look three dimensional) and hot glued it to the top 1/3 of the bag. This made it look like the butterfly had landed right on the bag.
|This made for a very cute effect!|
Here's a close up. I love how they look like they could flit away at any second.
The next way I was going to use these little guys was on the straws. Originally the tutorial had suggested cutting two slits in the middle of the butterfly and slipping it over the straws. I had a slight issue with this, in the fact that it had a big chance of not staying up very well, especially if a kid was going to be handling it. I thought oh, I'm going to have to glue dot, or tape each one of these to make sure they stay put.
|The original way with the split in the middle|
|Hot glue + plastic straw .... will it work?|
The day of the party I placed them in a few of the cups where drinks would be available, which looked really cute.
I placed a basket next to the cups with the title of "nectar sippers" where people could pick their own straw
|This was a big hit!|
|You can't see it, but the butterfly veggies has a label that said "butterfly garden"|
Love love LOVE these sweet little butterflies! We had many other great ideas for our butterfly party. I will post more soon. Stay tuned.