Yarn Butterflies

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By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Make some sweet little butterflies to use in your crafting with only a few supplies, and this simple tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, choose your yarn color for the lower wings of your butterly.  Wrap that yarn snugly around two of your fingers 10 times.  Cut yarn, carefully slip the bundle off of your fingers, and set aside.

Choose a second color of yarn for the upper wings.  Wrap that yarn snugly around 3 of your fingers 12 times.  Cut yarn, carefully slip the bundle off of your fingers, and set aside.

Lay the bundles next to each other–the colored upper wing bundle on top, and the lower wing bundle below.

Cut a piece of black yarn about 6-inches long.  Slide the piece of yarn underneath both bundles, and then tie the ends together in a loose knot to gather both bundles together.

Wrap the ends around, and around the bundle in opposite directions to form the body of your butterfly.

Lay one of the pearl stamens across the top of the top set of wings.

Wrap the yarn around the bundle and stamen one more time, so the stamen is held in place, and then tie the ends together on the back of the butterfly.

 Double knot the ends to hold.  Cut the tails.

Pull the pearl ends of the stamens together, and pinch the end of the “v” that they form to shape the butterfly’s antennas. 

Try different colors, and textures of yarn, and varying the sizes/lenghts of the bundles to create all sorts of beautiful butterflies to use in your crafting!  How could you use these pretties in your projects?

Happy Crafting!

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