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Beautiful and easy butterflies for pictures, decor and more.
This butterflies might trick you from afar! Use them as props or even as headwear on a headclip.

Posted by Gaby R. from Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico • Published See Gaby R.'s 33 projects »
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  • How to make a piece of recycled art. Plastic Bottle Butterfly - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your materials.

    I found this bottle that has no waves or other shapes. You can use plastic from packaging or any other rigid plastic that won`t break if bended.

  • How to make a piece of recycled art. Plastic Bottle Butterfly - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by taping the clear plastic, outer side down ,to the butterfly design of your choice.

    Freehand the design if you`d like.

    Begin only filling the colors that will show first.

    Tip: dont rub the paint and do two or three coats to prevent from showing the black paint.

  • How to make a piece of recycled art. Plastic Bottle Butterfly - Step 3
    Step 3

    Once your butterfly has all its colors on its wings, fill the whole drawing with black acrylic paint.
    Do two coats and let dry.

  • How to make a piece of recycled art. Plastic Bottle Butterfly - Step 4
    Step 4

    Finally cut the shape being careful with the antenna.

    Fold in half good sides inside, the curvarture of the bottle will help with the wings and the shape.

    Lastly, fill any spaces with black paint if needed and add a coat of modgepodge or any other type of protective glue.

  • How to make a piece of recycled art. Plastic Bottle Butterfly - Step 5
    Step 5

    Ta-da!

    Use them as props, glue them on a clip for a hair piece, make a butterfly display for a sience project, and ENJOY!

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