Aleene's® Look of Metal Butterfly
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Aleene's® Look of Metal Butterfly

Create easy wall art or embellishments with cardboard cutouts and the vintage Aleene's® Look of Metal technique. With Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®, you can transform a plain surface into the look of burnished metal.r your favorite quote.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
  • Kitchen Aluminum Foil
  • Cardboard Cutouts – Butterfly
  • Candle Wick
  • Pencil with Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestones – Assorted Sizes, Black
  • Acrylic Paint – Black
  • Water
  • Brush – ½" Shader
  • Paper Towel
  • Upholstery Tack (Optional)
  • Jewelry/Craft Wire, 16 ga. – Black
  • Round Nose Pliers

Project Instructions

Step 1 For each butterfly, you will need two cardboard cutouts.

Step 2 Cut head and tail off one cutout and then cut the body from other cutout. This will give the body more dimension as you will be creating two layers.

Step 3 Apply line of glue along outside edge of butterfly wings.

Step 4 Press candle wick into glue. Continue until desired pattern is achieved.

Step 5 Glue rhinestones on butterfly. Let dry.

Step 6 Cut foil approximately 6" larger than butterfly.

Step 7 Crinkle foil to center and re-open. (Do not roll into ball.) Repeat until foil has desired texture.

Step 8 Lay textured foil on work surface and roll with glue bottle (or rolling pin) to help foil lie flat.


Step 9 Apply glue directly from bottle to entire top surface of butterfly.

Step 10 Spread glue with finger over entire front of butterfly.

Step 11 Press face down onto dull side of foil.

Step 12 Cut away excess foil leaving approximately ½" along edges. Clip into foil along edges. Wrap foil around to back and glue in place.

Step 13 Paint over foil. Dip brush into water to thin paint slightly. Immediately wipe back with paper towel to create an antiqued look.

Step 14 Glue candle wick onto butterfly body. If desired, to create wall art, press upholstery tack through head. Foil over body. Glue body in place over wings. Cut and swirl wire to create antenna. Glue in place. Let dry.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Heidi Borchers courtesy of cool2craft.