The Fourth of July is just around the corner–about a week away. Are you ready with all your red white + blue decor? Need a fluttery idea?

Well, I think Nichol has something you may just want to do . . . I know I do!

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To die for.


Maybe she’ll just give me this none and I won’t have to make one myself. ;)

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

One evening while perusing Pinterest I came upon a UK flag created from paper butterflies and I immediately knew that I wanted to recreate the effect on a canvas I’ve had sitting around here forever just begging for some die cutting goodness! After a lot of mistakes (thank goodness canvases are fairly forgiving and you can cover up boo-boos with an additional layer of paint, mist, gesso, etc.) I decided on a “wood-like” background with bright, colorful red, white and blue die cut butterflies making up the design of the American flag. Now, I didn’t get real technical with my flag. No 13 stripes (I ran out of room) and I didn’t do 50 “stars” either but instead I went for a more abstract artistic approach (read…I am lazy and had already cut the butterflies and didn’t want to waste them or more paper by cutting them smaller!). I know that the look was achieved when my youngest exclaimed as I was putting together the arrangement on top of the cabinet in the entryway, “I know what that is! It’s our flag! COOL!”

While the look is fairly straightforward and simple…. the execution took a few hours! Gluing all those individual pieces in place and then the bright idea of adorning each with gemstones, buttons and baubles…. it took awhile. I glued every piece with a strong liquid adhesive so that I didn’t have to worry about the pieces deciding to make an exit anytime soon! The effort was worth it, though, and the sense of satisfaction of creating my own summer holiday decor made me super happy!

I incorporated lots of older Doodlebug specialty paper that I’ve been hoarding saving for quite some time. The glitter cardstock and flocked cardstock cut beautifully on the Cameo when using a higher blade setting like a 5 or 6. Clean, crisp cuts. Not one of these fluttering beauties needed to be double cut!

Happy Summer!

For a closeup of Nichol’s holiday dress form, go HERE.