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Butterfly Bell Jar Tutorial

Making bell jars is a fun and affordable project in which you’ll create a beautiful gift or piece of decor for your home. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to build bell jars with our paper butterflies and moths, and are delighted to share a step-by-step tutorial explaining the process! We recently released Multi-Packs that make it easy to do this project! You can also follow along as we go through these steps on YouTube and TikTok!  Materials:Butterflies: We’re working with the Blue and White Morpho Butterflies. Any of our multi-packs are great for this project! Bell Jar: Ours is from IKEA and is 10 3/4” tall. You’ll want to find a bell jar with a wooden base, since...

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Featured Artist: Roxy Schultz - Wild by Design

Portland-based artist Roxy Schultz creates gorgeous jewelry and mixed-media art featuring pressed botanicals and our paper moths and butterflies. Her one-of-a-kind pieces preserve the fleeting beauty of flowers so wonderfully, and capture the soft whimsy of spring. Our tiny Micro butterflies and moths are especially lovely in her delicate creations! Please visit her Shop and Instagram to learn more about pieces and availability!  All images and objects by Roxy Schultz, Wild by DesignInstagram @roxy.schultz

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Free Coloring Book Page!

We are offering a free coloring book page as part of our Customer Appreciation Week!  Right-Click the image below to download and print the full-size sheet, or follow this link to download the image. This image was designed by illustrator/writer Siolo Thompson, whose work you can read more about in our artist feature! The artwork was inspired by our limited specimen set, the Ghost Cicada.  "In the popular imagination the butterfly has long served as a symbol of transformation and change. We are awed by its progression - from egg, to caterpillar, pupa, to winged adult. It is easy to see why the butterfly reminds us to change and grow, to evolve gracefully through the stages of life in order to one...

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Featured Artist: Siolo Thompson

Siolo Thompson designed the lovely cicada coloring book pages we are offering this month as part of our Customer Appreciation Week! A Pacific Northwest based illustrator/writer, Siolo’s work reflects a love of nature, travel, magic, books, and cuisine. Her imaginative projects have been published by Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing, McSweeny’s, Victoria’s Secret, Facebook, Astrology.com, and many others. From Llewellyn's 2021 Greenwitch Botanical Calendar In Siolo’s distinctive illustrations, intricate florals interweave with fanciful fauna. Soft splashes of color dance around her imagery, drawing the eye from one fantastic form to another. From the Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle Siolo's work is both enchanted with magic, while deeply rooted in the natural world. Simultaneously minimal and rich with hidden meanings, Siolo’s illustrations beckon us to another plain,...

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Making a Butterfly Kaleidoscope Shadowbox

Making shadowboxes is a fun and easy craft project to do at home, and a wonderful way to create new art for your walls. Using our lifelike paper specimens makes it sustainable and vegan! While there’s many different styles of shadowboxes you can make (including one we've already shared!), today we’ll walk you through how to put together a Kaleidoscope Shadowbox with our paper Monarch and Viceroy butterflies. Fun Fact: Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a Kaleidoscope?  To start, we got a Keepsake Box from a craft store. These boxes are great for displaying memorabilia and curiosities. The one we chose is 11”x14” with a 1.5” depth, and features a back wall covered in felt. To...

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