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Altering a Recycled Plastic Dome into a Victorian Butterfly Aviary

Welcome to Altered Pages! Susan here bringing you a special upcycled project using a recycled liquor bottle dome packaging. I have altered this container into my own butterfly aviary using Altered Pages Victorian Butterfly image sheet AP-1066. It is so easy to become inspired with the Collage Sheets from Altered Pages. With this project - flat butterflies come to life in a 3-dimesional decorative piece.

I began with these items: an empty recycled dome, Victorian Butterfly image sheet AP-1066 and paper shred. Then I began cutting...

There are so many butterflies on this sheet {AP-1066} that I only fussy cut 2/3 of them. I printed out this page twice, once as is, and the second I flipped horizontally. Then I fussy cut the butterflies, inked edges using ECO Safe Paris Trunk Sepia Ink and added antennae with a super thin silver wire. I glued matching fronts and backs together. I used a piece of recycled imagesetting film {which is thick clear acetate} to form a cone inside the dome to support a paper floral stem in the center. I attached butterflies around as desired and suspended them inside the dome and on acetate cone with double sided tape. For moss in the bottom of the dome I placed actual shredded money {no...I didn't shred any of my own money - it was repurposed from a gift I received}.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to go and alter something. Please visit the Altered Pages website for Collage Sheets, Rubber Stamps, blank items ready to alter, Project kits and more! If you would like to see more of my work Click HERE.

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  1. I love to recycle !! Your butterfly aviary is fantastic ! Now I am off to your blog Susan & the other posts !!

  2. That is stunning. Thank you for sharing

  3. Love the butterflies... what a beautiful butterfly aviary!!! Awesome use of packaging! TFS!

  4. How do you keep coming up with such amazing ideas? You blow me away.
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  5. This is wonderful!!! What a fantastic idea!

  6. WOW - this is GORGEOUS!!!! I love the butterflies - great job :)

  7. We am so lucky you are with Alteredpages!!!!! This is colossal, amazing and sweet at the same time!

  8. Wow. Very realistic looking butterflies, this is a lovely project.

  9. This is such a clever and beautiful project, love it ! x Fab

  10. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I am looking at the tutorial and I STILL can't figure out how you did it! I can't believe those are just paper butterflies!

  11. This is so gorgeous. Fantastic job.

  12. Your butterfly aviary turned out beautifully. Would love to have one of those in my studio to inspire me. :)

  13. We work directly with the major North American / European PMMA polymer manufacturers, Colored plastic sheet


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