Another week done and dusted. Does anyone else feel like their lives have been flicked into fast forward, especially since having children? It was our second Trim Week over on Instagram. This week we were focusing on the Hooded Owl with the Butterflies trim, a lovely flutter of red, yellow and orange butterflies on a fluffy white towel.
I did a lovely little after-school craft session with Mabel on Thursday, making wax butterflies. It’s simple and straightforward with quick results, always a bonus when a child is involved if you ask me!
You start by folding a piece of paper in two and drawing the outline of half a butterfly. (If you aren’t confident doing this, there are lots that you can see on Google.) Then all you need are wax crayons and a pencil sharpener.
Sharpen the crayons over your butterfly, mixing and combining the colours where you like. Once you are happy with your design, fold the paper over enclosing the wax inside.
Next, you need to heat the iron up. Obviously you know your own child and whether you think they are ready to use the iron themselves. Mabel has already had a go a few times, such as when we melted some Hama bead designs, so I was happy for her to be in charge of the melting. (I was stood very close observing, of course!)
Protect your ironing board and your iron by using several layers of paper, you don’t want to be getting wax on anything! Use the iron to press the paper and melt the wax, moving it around gently. After a bit of a press, take a peek inside and see whether the wax has melted. The thickness of your design will determine how long you need to melt it for.
Once you are happy that it has melted leave it a minute or two to cool down. When it is cool enough to handle, cut along the outline of the butterfly, then open it up to reveal your lovely creation, just like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon!
They look wonderful on a window with the light shining through the wax. We might make some smaller ones and then string them together to make a garland to hang in the playroom. They would be lovely on the front of a birthday card too. Ooh, so many ideas!
Back over on Instagram, we also spent this butterfly week reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and discussing whether the butterfly at the end is upside down or not. The jury is still out! We searched for butterflies in the garden, but I think we are a bit early yet. We saw a couple of Cabbage Whites, but they weren’t hanging around for us, so we searched out some Peacocks that we saw last year to feature. Then there was face painting and dress wearing, all featuring lovely butterflies.
Don’t forget that the Butterflies Hooded Owl has 20% off at the moment as part of our Summer Special (along with Eric’ s favourite, Tractors!) So, you can head on over to the website and pick up a summery bargain, ready for drying off after a dip in the paddling pool or a paddle in the sea…maybe once the weather warms up a bit?!