It's rather hard to take a good photo of them, but they are making my kitchen look rather lovely!
They're super-simple to make, and cheap too and the effect is very dramatic... though of course you don't have to have a full curtain like me. This would adapt nicely to be a sweet mobile.
You need some coloured paper (I used sugar/construction paper, some gift-wrap and the patterned insides of a few envelopes), some scissors, a needle and white thread, some glue (I used pritt stick) and a pack of white paper doilies - I bought mine from my always awesome local cake shop, they cost me less than £2 for a pack of 30 in assorted sizes. Bargain!
First make your template. Draw your own butterfly or print out the one at the end of this post, cut it out and glue it to some card (eg a cereal box) and cut it out again. Voila: one butterfly template. Use your template to draw & cut out as many butterflies as you want, perhaps whilst tucked up somewhere warm watching your favourite film?
If you wanted to be really fancy, you could print out butterflies in different sizes and have small, medium and large butterflies in your curtain - I of course only thought of this possibility after I'd finished my curtain, but I think it could look rather nice.
Once you've got an assortment of butterflies, start planning your curtain. Spread out the doilies how you'd like them to hang and place the butterflies on and around them. You want to get a nice mix of shapes, sizes and colours and to hang some of the butterflies on their own and some glued to the doilies (you will need two butterflies for this, one on each side). Here are all my pieces spread out on my kitchen counter:
When you're happy with the arrangement, glue all the butterflies to their doilies and then very carefully thread all your pieces together. You need an ordinary sewing needle and a long piece of white thread for this. Knot one end and starting at the bottom of the bottom doily or butterfly, sew 4-8 stitches through each paper piece leaving a small gap between each so they can move easily.
This can be quite fiddly, and it's best to go as slowly as possible and take real care than to get yourself tangled up or tearing the paper - if you're making this with kids you probably ought to do this bit yourself.
This is the butterfly template - double click to view full size and print out. If you print at 100% your butterfly will be the same as mine, just change the % to make smaller or larger butterflies. Please be nice and only use this template for non-commercial use: you can use it for as many fun craft projects as you like and to make gifts for friends but not to make anything which you then sell. Thanks!Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!
For more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.