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All the beauty of a real specimen box without hurting any butterflies!
The Silhouette Portrait is great for cutting out lots of shapes quickly which was ideal for this specimen box. I kept this design quite simple but you could get creative with shapes, using different types of butterfly or insect for a more varied box.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure your shadow box to work out how many butterflies you can fit and what size they should be.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    Open up Silhouette Studio and pick a butterfly design you like. I used the Heart Butterfly from the shop. Scale the butterfly to the right size for your shadow box and fill up an A4 sheet with them.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out your butterflies on black card.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    Peel off the black butterflies and fold their wings up at either side to give them a 3D shape.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now print out a second set of butterflies on an old sheet of map.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Peel off the map butterflies and bend up their wings at either side.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    Match up a black card butterfly with a map butterfly so that the butterfly on the top has it's wings pointing down and the one on the top has it's wings pointing up.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    Arrange your butterflies on the corkboard until you find a design you like

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pin the butterflies in place.

  • How to make a framed decoration. Papercut Butterfly Specimen Box - Step 10
    Step 10

    Place in your frame and enjoy!

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