Felt Placemat turns 3-D Wall Art

For about 6 months I was on the look out for anything butterfly related to hang in my oldest daughters' room.  I bought quite a few random items, and didn't really know how they would all work together to end up with the amazing "big girl" room I had for her in my head. 

One of the best items I found was these laser cut felt placemats for $2.
 
 Yes, only $2!  I was so excited!  They only had blue and green, but $2 for a 12" butterfly?!?!  I had to get them and figure out the details later.
I could have just slapped them up on the wall and called it a day, but I really wanted to do something to make them special and stand out in some way.
So, here is a quick tutorial for how I turned 2 plain felt placemats into
3-D butterflies for my daughters room!

Supplies you'll need:
Laser cut felt placemats
wire (plyable but stiff enough to support the placemat)
wire cutters
hot glue gun

First, measure and cut two lengths of wire for each placemat.  They should go almost all the way across the placemat about 1/4 of the way from the top and 1/4 of the way from the bottom.

Bend the wire into a slight curve where most of it will be hidden behind the placemat.  I didn't try to get the wire 100% hidden because the parts that are showing are super tiny anyways.  If your placemat has larger gaps it might be worth the time to bend the wire so its all the way hidden.

Using your hot glue gun place large drops of glue along the wire to secure it onto the placemat.  To avoid the glue drops from just spreading out wider and wider I found that if you make a drop the size you want, then build on it once its dried, you can add height without adding width.

Once all the glue drops are completely dried lay your butterfly half way off the table and bend the wires carefully in unison to get the placemat to become 3-D. 


Repeat with as many placemats as you have.
There you go, a super easy way to add a little something special to some $2 placemats for a girls wall art piece.

I have one more tutotial coming for the butterfly wall art in my daughters room, but here is a sneak peak of the placemats!  I love how her artwork turned out and can't wait to show you all!


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9 Response to Felt Placemat turns 3-D Wall Art

January 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I really like the butterflies!

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January 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM

These are so cute and so simple! I would love for you to share this with my Blog Stalking Thursday Linky Party! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/01/blog-stalking-thursday-24.html

January 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

What a great idea! And you can even change them often since you haven't had to invest oodles.

Thank you so much for taking the time to join our Pin'Inspiration party this week. I'm hoping that you'll pop by tomorrow and share at my "Beat The Winter Blues" party. :-)

January 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

That is adorable! I love them up on the wall!
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Jen
January 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Well, aren't you a creative gal! Your placemats-turned-wall-art look amazing! I'd be thrilled if you'd come and link this fabulousness up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

January 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

You have such a great blog! I'm now following you from Welcome Wednesday. Feel free to follow back at www.dandygiveaway.com. :)

January 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

That's such a cute idea. I love it.

January 25, 2012 at 7:55 PM

My Bed Bath & Beyond had these marked down to 99 cents when I was there yesterday. It really adds a lot to make them 3D.

January 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

One cannot fall in love with something so cute, so simple and so quick. Looking at the butterflies you wouldn't know, the 3D effect takes it to a whole new level. Thanks for showing us how. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Party!

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