How to Make Wooden Butterflies – Tool Giveaway

by Silvia on May 4, 2014 · 81 comments

in Mi casa / My home

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I know traditional Mother’s Day gifts usually include things like flowers, perfume, and jewelry, rather than tools, and to be sure all of these are wonderful and much appreciated. But I’ve always wanted something I could use to cut custom shapes out of wood, and I bet you are the same.

You know what I mean. You get an idea for a craft, a gift, or a special decoration, and wouldn’t it be great to just do it, rather than have to find it somewhere else?

Now I’ve found the perfect way to do it, and I’ll tell you how you can enter for a chance to win an amazing giveaway in just a minute so you can have the chance to do the same.

But first let me show you my butterflies.

Wooden butterflies - mamalatinatips.com

Butterflies have always captured my imagination in a special way. Growing up in Mexico, I lived just down the road from where billions of Monarchs visited each year. They still visit, but in much smaller numbers, and they still thrill me, even though I live much farther away from them now.

I’d wanted to make some Monarch butterfly-inspired crafts for awhile, then one day I received something wonderful on my doorstep to help me.

Here is my very first project using my new tools.

To do the same, you will need:

  • Wood
  • Butterfly patterns or paper if you are particularly artistic.
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Magnets
  • Wire and straight pins

Tools Used:

  • Rockwell Bladerunner® for cutting. (If you are not familiar with it, it looks like an upside down jigsaw and blends many of the traits of a jigsaw with many of the traits of a table top scroll saw. I love it! It came with blades for metal, wood, and ceramic.)
  • Rockwell Sonicrafter® X2 for sanding (This is an amazingly versatile tool. It’s an oscillating tool that can be used for sawing, sanding, rasping, removing grout, and scraping. Very cool!)
  • Glue gun (Couldn’t live without it.)

Rockwell BladeRunner® - mamalatinatips.com

Rockwell Sonicrafter® - mamalatinatips.com

1. First, I printed and cut out butterfly patterns for three different butterflies. One small and flat, one big (for a hot pad) and a third small one that I cut into pieces so I could cut out separate piece and then glue them together to make the butterfly look as if it were flying.

How to make wooden butterflies - mamalatinatips.com

2. Using the pencil I traced the pattern on the wood.

3. Using the Rockwell BladeRunner® I cut out the patterns from the wood.

4. Then I used the Rockwell Sonicrafter® X2 with its sander attachment as a very handy sander.

5. Following my pattern I painted the butterflies. I applied 2 coats of orange paint first, then, using a thin brush and brown paint, I painted the details of the butterfly. Finally, I added the white spots.

6. Using the wire for the big butterfly and the straight pins for the small butterflies, I added the antennae.

7. Finally I glued the magnets to the back of the small butterflies and voilá, you are done. For the hot pad, I glued a piece of cork to the bottom.

What do you think? Not bad for my first project, eh? And I have many more ideas in mind now that I have my new tools.

Would you like a chance to win a new Rockwell BladeRunner® and a Rockwell Sonicrafter® X2? Read on.

For more information, please visit Rockwell on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram here. Also, check out this great video from their youTube channel showing just one example of the Sonicrafter®’s versatility:

Win it!

To participate for your chance to win one Rockwell BladeRunner® and one Rockwell Sonicrafter® X2 is easy. Just leave me a comment telling me what would you like to do, or build, if you are the winner. That’s it! That is your required entry.

Would you like more opportunities to win? I have a few of those, too! These entries are optional:

Enter today for the chance to win @RockwellTools BladeRunner® & Sonicrafter® @mamalatina http://goo.gl/asrNkI #MothersDay #Diadelamadre #giveaway

(limit: one tweet per day, just please leave me a comment for each with the link of the tweet) 1 entry per tweet.

Please leave me a separate comment for your required entry and for each optional entry (1,2, 3, 4, and/or 5), so I know how many entries you have, thanks.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, May 11th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST. No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only, 18 years of age or older. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified via email. Winner must respond to notification email within 3 days or a new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited. Please no P.O. Boxes. Entries/Comments that do not follow the submission guidelines will be invalid.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received the tools mentioned in this article to facilitate this post. As always the comments and love for crafts are my own. Please read the owner’s manual before using any tool and always follow the important safety instructions.

 

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I’d make a custom mobile for my little ones room.

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i would build a rocking horse for my niece

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May 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm Candie L 10

I would let the children learn how to make amazing wood projects. Thank you

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May 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm Candie L 12

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May 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm RICHARD HICKS 13
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I want to add shelves all around my home, especially in a kitchen closet I’m converting to a pantry.

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May 11, 2014 at 10:01 am Karen Drake 16

I would like to make some wooden reindeer with the tools.

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May 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm Stephanie Galbraith 23

I would like to build a book shelf.

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May 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm Tamar 26

I’d like to make a birdhouse.

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May 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm Vikki Billings 27

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May 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm Vikki Billings 28

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May 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm Vikki Billings 30

If I win I would love to make some flower boxes and then maybe try the butterflies!

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May 11, 2014 at 7:17 pm Vikki Billings 31

I am also a Twitter follower (@VikkiBillings)

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