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Tiny Butterfly Topiary

Day 4 – May Arts / Creative Imaginations Blog Week!



Today I am sharing a fun tiny butterfly topiary. Using a clay pot, some fun May Arts ribbon, Creative Imaginations papers, and Luminarte Twinkling H2O’s!  This is a super fast little project and can be modified to suit any color preferences!  I love versatility!






Begin by using the Twinkling H2O’s to paint swaths of color onto the paper.  The embossed areas will resist the paint, while the other areas will accept it giving you a gorgeous pop of color!



Punch butterfly shapes from the painted paper.



With a dab of glue, push the dowl into the Styrofoam ball and attach butterflies using the pins.  You may need to cut the pins down so they can be pushed in all the way.  Cover the entire ball with butterflies.



Wrap the dowel with silk ribbon and copper wire string.  Cut the second ball in half and insert in clay pot.  Stick dowel into the foam.



Dye the white ribbon by painting it with the Twinkling H2O’s.  Allow to dry.



Cut the green ribbon into pieces and glue in the pot to cover the Styrofoam ball.  Wrap the pot with the velvet ribbon to finish it off.



Thank you for joining me for this fun tutorial today!  It has been so much fun playing with these fabulous products from May Arts, Creative Imaginations and Luminarte!  I have to say that Twinkling H2O’s are one of my favorite supplies!  If you haven’t tried them yet, you simply MUST check them out! 

Jingle Out.


Blog post by: Jingle

  1. jenn shurkus

    so so so so *wicked* awesome!!!!

  2. Beverly Jordan

    The butterfly topiary is stunning! Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. Sharon P

    This is such a beautiful project — and I can see tons of different applications. Thanks for sharing.


    love the way you colored the ribbon. thank you for sharing this tip.

  5. Kelley

    This is a cute idea! I can see it being used for so many different functions.

  6. Tammy V

    Lovely project!

  7. Denise Coulter

    How fun to be able to alter ribbon to whatever color you need for your project 🙂 Love your handmade butterflies.

  8. Denise Bryant

    Looks like a fun project! Love the CI papers with the embossed designs!

  9. Sherri

    What a smartie pants idea, that would make a great little gift.

  10. indy

    The butterflies are so beautiful! What a fun project!

  11. Lucy

    Love, love, love this! Will have to try it. TFS

  12. Heide D

    The butterflies are so pretty!
    So fun.

  13. Debbie C.

    Wonderful project. I like the looks of the painted ribbon and how just a bit of paint goes along way and is so easy to apply.

  14. Charlene

    Sweet project, Jingle.

  15. Addie Wyatt

    Thx for sharing your project today … luved the technique used to make those beautiful coloured butterflies .. I am going to make some to give my dranddaughter who just luvs butterflies 🙂

  16. meme

    I just love hoe you color the ribbon!

  17. Sue D

    Love how you colored the butterflies.

  18. Sue McRae

    What a fabulous reason to use my twinkling H2Os and my butterfly punch!

  19. Kathy P

    Wow! Great project idea!

  20. Kelly Sas

    Never would have thought to use the ribbon as a filler or “grass” for the pot. LOVE it!

  21. Kim H

    Beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial, I am going to have try this. Thank you for the inspiration.

  22. Becky D

    This is darling Jingle! I have got to get some of that Paint It paper! So many fabulous ideas I have seen with that as the base 🙂 Thanks for sharing this cute idea.

  23. KimberlyRae

    Too stinkin’ C U T E!
    I’m all in a ‘flutter’ over
    your project!! TFS ♥

  24. Kristie Maynard

    So simple to make and yet so beautiful!

  25. Doris Widder

    Fun project! TFS!

  26. natasha g.p.

    Thanks for showing us. I LOVE what you did with the butterflies!

  27. sharon gullikson

    Great technique!!!!!

  28. b. poteraj

    I really need one of those pens!

  29. Helen LeBrett

    Love how that made such beautiful butterflies!!

  30. Annette A.

    very very creative…love it

  31. Rose C

    Oooh! Stunning project! ~ Rose

  32. Holly Tolman

    Wow, this looks like fun!

  33. Marcia D.


  34. Christine Dring

    This is so cute! Love it!

  35. Jennifer H.

    I love topiaries and yours is stunning!! Great use of the ribbon inside the flower pot! The butterflies are just beautiful! TFS!

  36. Anita A

    Stunning! I love the idea of changing the ribbon.


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