I saw these beautiful pin boards by Monique Lhuillier and they were going to be $660 for the pair plus freight so I thought I’d try and make something similar. My wedding dress also happened to be inspired by a Monique Lhuillier design! I sense a theme happening here..
How I made them
The frame and butterflies on the original was made from a metal so my intention was to create that same look.
Step 1 – Buy two cork boards with wooden frame in preferred size (Available from Officeworks)
Step 2 – Buy butterflies in varying sizes from craft shop (Spotlight have them). It doesn’t mater if they are white or silver because they will be spray painted.
Step 3 – Paint the corkboards with a spray can in a light grey or creamy colour. Don’t worry if the frame gets painted too.
Step 4 – Once cork is dry place paper covering the cork so you can now paint the frame. Paint the frame in a metallic metal colour. You could do gold, silver or whatever colour you please. I painted mine silver then did a second coat in a metallic spray can called brass which is sort of in between gold and silver.
Step 5 – Shape your butterflies by bending the wire in their wings. Some can be flat others bent back so they are varied and look more lifelike. Spread them out on some paper or the lawn and spray away.
Step 6 – Lay your prepared corkboards flat and stick butterflies to wooden frame with craft glue.
Easy peasy. For a boy something similar could be done with little boats, dinosaurs or aeroplanes etc.
If you give it a crack at home or make something similar I’d love to see your pics and share them on the blog.