I promised you yesterday I would show you how I made the butterfly frame in my spring tablescape. This is the butterfly frame when I started. I picked it up at the thrift store for $2. It was this wonderful shade of apple green. Not a bad color at all but I just didn't like it for highlighting this butterfly. So I brought it home with the intent to remake it.
The backing looked just like a brown paper bag. I peeled that off and this was what was left. It has this velvet hanger with a brass ring too, which is really nice.
After I dismantled the picture and frame. I covered the velvet hanger with tape and I spray painted the frame several times.
While the frame was drying, I took the cardboard insert out of the frame and used it as a template to cut a new backing for the butterfly out of this calligraphy print. Now, I am going to tell you all about this calligraphy print and where I got it on Friday. I have another big remake on Friday and I am so excited I can't wait to show it to you! Okay, back to this redo. I Mod Podged the calligraphy with just one coat of Mod Podge and I didn't cover the top of the calligraphy with it at all.
I had to put a new butterfly in the frame because the other butterfly fell apart when I removed it. Now your asking yourself right now where did she get that butterfly?
The kids and I have had this entomology project going on for the last two summers. This is my father's 4H entomology project that he had from the 1960's. The kids and I have found a few butterflies and moths and replaced the old faded ones in the case. So, I had a duplicate and that is the one I used in the frame makeover. You can find butterflies farmed and sold for mounting on the internet. I don't make a practice of catching any butterflies that are now dwindling in number such as the Monarch. The one in this case is from the 1960's.
I also roughed up the frame with sanding sponge a little so it looked chippy and old.
Here is another frame where I used the calligraphy as a background mat. This is with a pressed fern out of my garden. When the ferns come up I will be showing you how I did this and possibly some other projects with the ferns . I will be linking up to Faded Charm's White Wednesday, and Blue Cricket Design's Show and Tell Wednesday. Take a look at these parties and see what projects bloggers are coming up with for spring.