Butterflies are one of the most beautiful signs of Spring. Bring the beauty of these fluttering creatures into your room with a shrinky dink butterfly mobile. The shrink plastic butterflies gently float in the air, catching the light as it hits them.
SHRINKY DINK BUTTERFLY MOBILE
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE MOBILE
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- HP printer
- Shrink plastic
- Permanent markers
- Hole punch
- Baking sheet and oven
- Fishing line
- Embroidery hoop
- Craft glue
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DIY BUTTERFLY MOBILE
This project is great because it really brings you back to the art projects you probably did as a kid. Tracing, coloring, cutting with scissors, and, best of all, the magic of shrink plastic! Watch this video to see the process in action.
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MAKE A SHRINK PLASTIC MOBILE
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Make a Butterfly Mobile
- Trace and color the butterflies.
Print out a few line drawings of butterflies or draw them yourself on a piece of paper. Lay a sheet of shrink plastic over the printout and tape it in place. Use a permanent marker to trace the butterfly shape. Use permanent markers to color in the butterfly shapes. Don’t be afraid to blend colors!
- Cut out the butterflies.
Cut around each butterfly shape and punch a hole near the top of the butterfly. Arrange the butterflies on a baking sheet, making sure they don’t touch.
- Shrink the shrink plastic!
Bake according to the directions that came with the shrink plastic. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Tie a length of fishing line to each butterfly.
- Tie the other end of the fishing line to an embroidery hoop.
- Create the mobile.
Cut three pieces of fishing line, and tie them together in a knot at one end. Tie the other end of these lengths of fishing line to three points of the embroidery hoop, so that you can hang it up. Secure those lengths of fishing line to the embroidery hoop with a drop of craft glue.
- Enjoy your beautiful new butterfly mobile!