Book Page Butterfly Garland

This has been a week of spring inspiration. I've seen so many beautiful projects out in blogland, I just can't help but get into too. After making the 3D Heart Banner last month, I knew I wanted to make another with a more spring feel to it. Enter the Book Page Butterfly Garland.
Here's what you'll need to make one for yourself: old book pages, jute, glue gun and a butterfly template.

First, find a book you don't mind ripping apart. I have to admit that I felt a bit naughty tearing up a book, even if it was one that I bought at a garage sale. I intended to read it, but couldn't seem to get into it. So, it has sat on a bookshelf for a couple of years just waiting. I'm so glad it is being used now, even if it's not for literary purposes.
Next, fold your book pages in half and trace the butterfly template on each page with your most stickered-up pencil ;-). I was able to get 2 butterflies per page.
Cut the design out and unfold to reveal your butterfly.
Make lots of paper butterflies.
Cut a length of jute 5-6 feet long and begin adhering the butterflies in random directions to the jute with drops of hot glue.
Fill in where necessary to achieve the look you want.
Finally, find the perfect place to display it! I tried hanging it in a few places, but I think I've settled on the mantel (see the first picture). I'm still working on my spring decorations and have even changed up the mantel, which totally goes against my "set it and forget it" decorating style. I'm excited to show you how it turns out, once I finish tweaking a bit more. So, is the forecast of an early spring getting you in the mood to freshen up your decor? Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll visit again to see how all the spring decorations come together.

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47 comments:

  1. This is so cute! I can also envision this in hearts! Yay!!!

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  2. This is lovely!! Just popped over from the No Rules Weekend Blog party...

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  3. That is so sweet! I may have to steal this idea. :)

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  4. Love this!!! I'm pinning it for sure!

    I found you at the Inspiration in Progress party @ Clippie Dips! I'd love for you to link up at the Pinterest Power Party and get pinned! Hope you have a Terrific Thursday!

    Danielle
    http://www.sewmuchcrafting.com/2013/02/pinterest-power-party-co-hosting.html?

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  5. I love this! There is something about book pages that is just so cute!

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  6. I love this! Fantastic idea :-)

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  7. I am a confessed butterfly junkie, and so I ADORE this project!!! This is so sweet and springlike - well done! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  8. Nici, this is so sweet! Love it on your mantel. Great idea!

    Debbie

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  9. I love this! So pretty and sweet, perfect for a little girls room too!

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  10. My daughter would love this because she loves butterflies and is an avid reader!

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  11. very cute. We have heart garland up right now. We'll have to try this next. Please consider sharing here:
    http://repurposemylife.com/repurposed-ideas-weekly-27-rainbow-color/

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  12. This is adorable! You also provide a terrific tutorial with great detail. This could go in so many directions. Bunnies? Flowers?

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  13. Great idea! Thank you for sharing it!

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  14. Hi, Nici, This is darling! Would love to have you share this at What to do Weekends. Take care, Linda

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  15. Forgot to give the link. duh.

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/02/what-to-do-weekends-7.html

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  16. I LOVE this! I'm not sure I could bring myself to cut from a book though..maybe :))
    Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Party!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  17. Cute and so easy to do!

    I love using book pages for everything. This might just be my next project. Thanks for sharing:)

    Jessica
    www.thejunknest.blogspot.com

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  18. Thanks for coming over and making my party so much better with these darling butterflies. I'm into butterflies right now myself. :) Best wishes, Linda

    I love your stuff, Nici.

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  19. those are super fun!! I love these... so fun! I popped over from Sumos Sweet Stuff. I host a Tasteful Tuesdays Link party that I would love for you to bring this to! www.nap-timecreation.com

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  20. So stinking cute! A "gotta try" for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Hi, I found you on Monday Fun Day and now following. I love the butterfly garland. Such a great idea for those old books just collecting dust. Take care. Cinthya www.eyeheart.ca

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  22. This is so cute I love it! I would love to try something like that - need to get myself to a charity shop for a book first! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Love butterflies and I love this garland. Pinned it!

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  24. How many book page projects are there I wonder. Yet another and great one. so glad you shared this. I too have a hard time tearing out pages to make a shape for a garland. Not what a person is supposed to do. But I'm doing it anyway, living dangerously. I'll be looking for a great template to use then get myself busy cutting out butterflies. I've been tweaking my shutter shelf (my version of a mantel) for last week or so but think it's going to get changed soon again. Can't seem to settle on what I really want, have to know what I want first. Happy Days kids

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  25. Very cute, am a big butterfly fan!
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays.
    x
    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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  26. Absolutely beautiful! What a fun garland!

    Thank you so much for inspiring me today!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  27. This garland is so darling!! LOVE it, Nici!! Thanks for sharing :)

    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  28. Very cute! I like the book look; sheet music would be another cool look! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  29. This is great! I can see making one of these for my sun porch!

    Thanks for sharing and giving me some inspiration!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  30. What a fluttery and sweet garland!!! Don't you love butterflies? Very cute! Thanks for sharing them at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

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  31. So, so cute! Great project for Spring! :)

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  32. What a darling garland! You either love cutting things out or have way more patience than I do for it...That is a lot of butterflies to cut out by hand. They look fantastic.
    Thanks so much for linking up at my Real Family Fun link party.
    KC

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  33. That garland looks so lovely! The way the butterflies hang at different angles really makes it look like a flock of them have flown from the pages of a book to rest there :)

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  34. What an adorable idea!!! Please share your entry on Creative Crafts Thursday, www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com, and any of your favorite projects each and every week.

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  35. This is sooo adorable! I'm a new "follower" and I'm visiting from The Shabby Nest-- congrats on being featured! Just wanted to let you know that in addition to my personal blog (Revolutionaries), I'm also a writer for Crafting a Green World (www.craftingagreenworld.com). Every month we do a Green Crafts Showcase where we feature our readers' green projects. This would be a PERFECT project to link up! You can link up multiple projects and feel free to link up every month! If you're interested, here's the link:

    http://craftingagreenworld.com/green-crafts/

    Thank you!
    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries and Crafting a Green World
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  36. It's a perfect project for my grandchildren! I might try it also with other kinds of papers and superimpose them on one another for a more 3 D effect. Thanks, Beryl Reichenberg

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  37. Nici- Simple, fun, easy! LOVE this idea! :) You are a Featured Favorite this week and we can't wait to see what you have been up to this week!
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

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  38. Congratulations on your feature ... this is a wonderful project! xo geneva

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  39. What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week!
    Susie @bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/03/02/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky-3/

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  40. This is so perfect for welcoming spring. I love anything made with book pages. It is difficult to tear them apart.
    Ruth

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  41. What a cute idea, perfect for a spring mantel! Thanks for linking up at the 6 days of spring party :) Kelly (thelilypadcottage)

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  42. Thanks for sharing such detailed steps for this project. I feel a little bad for The Good Earth though! :) What a pretty garland for the spring. Thanks for sharing.

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