How to amp up your garden the eco-friendly way!!
Here is a quick and easy way to decorate your garden while being eco-friendly. You can spend as much time as you want in the decorating stages of creating your butterfly or keep it simple and make a few. As an added bonus, this project is completely free! Try out this tutorial or find more environmentally friendly projects at http://www.finecraftguild.com/craft-for-earth-day/ and share your favorites!
You will only need a few items for this project that you can find around the house. Make sure to gather; one soda can, one hammer (or pair of plyers), some bendable wire(or string), a sharpie or pen that will stay in place on your can, a chopstick, pencil or popsicle stick, beads(optional), and some heavy duty scissors.
Frist, cut the top section of the can off with your scissors, cutting in a straight line.
Next, repeat how you cut the top of the can, but with the bottom . When you are finished, it should look something like this.
Then, cut a straight line down the center of your can, so that when you are done you have a rectangular silver sheet.
(to keep the edges of the sheet from curling up, I used the plyers and scissors to hold it in place.)
Now draw your butterfly onto the can!!
Once you are happy with the shape and size of you butterfly, cut it out !!(tip: try to make your antennas thick, to keep them from breaking once cut out.)
With your plyers or hammer pound in a design for you butterfly.(You don’t have to do this step, it is optional.)
Next, cut to slits into each side of your butterfly where the wings meet.
Form and bend your butterfly until you are happy with it.
Tie your butterfly to your chopstick, by pulling your string through the two slits you created and around the chopstick. After the butterfly is firmly attached to the chopstick, tie and secure.
You have completed your butterfly!!! Decorate with beads and more string or leave it plain, either way it will be a great addition to any garden.
Written and photographed by Audrey M.