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A Dia de los Muertos Mariposa
Dia de los Muertos is my favorite holiday and to add to my joy the monarch butterflies are migrating through my neighborhood on their way down to mexico, so I decided to create this little one in honor of them !

Posted by JamO from Austin, Texas, United States • Published See JamO's 10 projects »
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  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here is what you'll need for this project plus any other embellishments you might want to add to this little butterfly !

    I found these little skeletons at our local supermarket as a garland and took them apart.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by selecting 2 sets of Fall Leaves (with the veins if possible) for the wings. I used floral snips to cut them of a garland.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next place the leaves with the veins to the front in the arrangement you like.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 4
    Step 4

    Glue each of the leaves onto the skeleton using your hot glue gun. Be careful to attach each leaf to the others so that they are sturdy.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 5
    Step 5

    After all the leaves are glued on, I cut the ring base off of a plastic spider ring and then hot glued the spider to the back of the leaves to hide the joint where they came together.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 6
    Step 6

    Turn your butterfly over and start tracing the veins on the leaves with your glitter glue - if your leaves don't have veins, you can just trace out the veins yourself onto the leaf.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use some glitter glue to "paint" your skeleton so that the bones will glisten !

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 8
    Step 8

    Next Dot the Eyes with some contrasting glitter glue.

  • How to make a model or sculpture. Day Of The Dead Butterfly - Step 9
    Step 9

    I also added some little skull sequins for that extra flare. Now you're ready to hang your butterfly !

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Scarlet-Begonias
Scarlet-Begonias · Everett, Washington, US · 15 projects
Where do you get the skeletons?
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Noelia Citialin
Noelia Citialin · Bakersfield, California, US · 7 projects
Cool idea!
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JennBunny
JennBunny · Hudson, Florida, US · 1 project
That is really cute. I just made sugar skulls this year for the first time.
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JamO
JamO · Austin, Texas, US · 10 projects
Thanks so much ! Wow, I'd love to see the fairy ones -- maybe some iridescent leaves... ooooohhhhh
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
this is so awesome
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Ginger Snapped
Ginger Snapped · Sacramento, California, US · 31 projects
i love this so awesome! they sell something like this at ren fairs, its a dead fairy! they sell for aot of money!! sweet
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