Nylon butterflies make excellent additions to homemade wreaths, house plant pokes and package decorations. This easy to make butterfly takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish once you have purchased the desired color of nylons. I have found that department stores such as Wal-mart, Target and K-mart have very inexpensive knee high hose in various colors that work well for the project. The inexpensive nylon is easier to work with than thicker nylon material.
Craft wire is used to make the frame for each piece of the butterfly. Fabric coated craft wire is what I prefer. Create the wings by wrapping craft wire around two different sizes of round containers. I use a craft stick and a tacky glue bottle. Create two circles of wire from the two different sizes of round bottles. Wrap the craft wire around the bottle. Twist the ends of the wire together several times to hold it in place. Repeat the process to create four circles. Cut the wire beneath the circles so it is approximately 2-inches long. The 2-inch long section is used like a handle.
Place the two larger circles on top of one another and match the wire shapes. Manipulate the two layers of wire at the same time to create the desired upper butterfly wing shape. Repeat the process with the two small circles if desired.
Slide one wing inside the opening at the bottom of the nylon. Press the circle into the nylon to stretch it over the wing shape. Gather the nylon beneath the bottom of the wind shape. Hold the nylon tightly around the small wire handle under the circle. Twist the gathered nylon around wire handle just under the circle. Secure the nylon in place with a piece of quilting thread. Wrap the quilting thread around the twisted nylon three to four times then tie securely with a knot. Trim the nylon away from the butterfly wing. Clip the nylon approximately 1/4 inch beneath the quilting thread. Be careful not to clip the wire. Repeat the process on the remaining three butterfly wings.
Match the two small nylon covered butterfly wings. Twist the two handles together to secure the wings. Repeat the process with the upper wings. Clip the handles connected to both sets of wings so they extend past the clipped nylon approximately 1/2 inch.
Position the two sets of wings on a flat surface to create the shape of a butterfly. Hot glue the wings together. Make the butterfly’s antennas by cutting a piece of craft wire approximately 3-inches long. Fold the wire in half. Wrap the two ends around a round-nose pliers or a pencil. Hot glue the antennas to the center of the butterfly. Hot glue adornments to cover the glue from the antennas and the cut nylon at the center of the butterfly. Adornments include buttons, flat rhinestones and beads.