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Bangle Butterflies Tutorial

Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
I have always liked to create things from whatever is lying around the house and now sharing a fun project to use up those old misshapen or outgrown bangles.Metal bangles are very popular here in India. 
Of late we have accumulated quite a few " unusable " metal bangles at home as either they have been crushed out of shape [ little kids can easily crush these metal bangles out of shape by some enthusiastic games!] or they have become too small for my daughter [ how fast children grow!] Instead of throwing them away we made Bangle Butterflies out of them!
What you need to make Bangle Butterflies
  • Bangles: You need some old metal bangles- small "kid" ones are the easiest as then you don't have to struggle to get your stockings to cover them. If you don't have metallic bangles use the conventional florist wire which is traditionally used to make the stocking butterflies.
  • Stockings- these are available as nylon stockings and very popular in flower making. I found 2 main types in the Indian market - the small cheaper variety [wont cover a bangle well] and the larger and longer variety [ slightly more expensive but good for this craft]
Stocking Butterflies Tutorial
  • Scissors
  • The rest of the stuff depends on how you want to go about it ie To stick your parts you can use glue gun, white glue or florist wire or thread or twine
  • Embellishments 
How to make Bangle -Stocking Butterflies
You can make a butterfly using 3 bangles as shown
Shape your bangles into kidney shaped butterfly wings as shown.Make a central body by compressing your bangle. The central body of this butterfly happened by accident- it broke while I was shaping it so twisted it into a body with antennae!
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
I found I liked the 5 bangle butterfly better.Shape the bangles as shown. Shape the 2 front wings similarly by laying one on top of the other. Shape the back wings slightly differently.These metallic bangles are pretty easy to shape and mold as you like.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Wrap a bit of nylon stocking  around your bangle butterfly wing.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Stretch and pull the nylon stocking towards the wing tip as shown
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Tie the nylon stocking securely at the bangle butterfly wing tip.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Cut off the excess nylon stocking.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
In the same way cover all your bangles with nylon stocking.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Shown below are the wings of the 3 bangle butterfly
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Assemble your Stocking butterfly- You can do this using a glue gun , nylon thread, etc.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
When I first made this Bangle butterfly I didn't have a glue gun so tried various methods to assemble the butterfly. Sticking everything together with white glue works but you need a lot of patience!Using a Glue gun is the easiest option but if you don't have a glue gun you can use a florist wire or strong nylon thread to tie the wings to the body of your butterfly.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
So if you dont have a glue gun you can use a wire or thread ": Thread it through the 2 wings of opposite sides
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Tie the wire or thread to the back side of your butterfly's body as shown. Again if you are using a glue gun- super easy to attach the wings to the body of the Butterfly.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Embellish your butterfly with gems, beads, felt
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Or add a it of swirly glitter glue as shown below
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Use your butterfly as a flower pot accessory like we did here .
Stocking Butterflies Tutorial
Other ideas to use your bangle butterflies: make a wind chime, use it to decorate a photo frame, use it as a fridge magnet, make a magic wand out it!Little girls will love magic wands made out of butterflies and they make great party favors.
Bangle Butterflies Tutorial
Well I hope you enjoyed this bit of recycling . Do leave me your comments
Edited: Yippeee! This Recycled project won at the Craft room Challenge[Home Decor Project]!
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106 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! I've always wanted to try this.

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  2. Very pretty recycled bangles great idea to use them to add colour around the home like this. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge, good luck XOXO Zoe

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  3. wow..lovely idea...tutorial is great..will definetly try it..thnks for sharing the tutorial

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  4. Quite lovely, thanks for tutorial, have to give this a try. TFS.

    Judie

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  5. Thank You dear friends for appreciating my Bangle butterfly

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  6. Awesome Tutorial Sonia you're always so detailed I love it! You make it so easy for people like me to try these projects, and Congratulations on all your projects that have been showcased you Deserve it for such GREAt Work!!

    DIVAOF5.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  7. Lovely butterfly♥. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs Marita

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  8. Cool buterfly great job!
    byebye,Lean

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  9. Great idea for recycling bangles1

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  10. WOW, lovely butterfly, great tutorial!

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  11. I love it!
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  12. What a great idea, and they look fabulous! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial too! Good luck, and thanks for joining us at the Craft-Room Challenge. Maria x

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  13. As always, a great effective tutorial! Little girls here would love wearing them in their hair. I will have to remember this after we have the next grandchild, who of course will be a girl!

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  14. Wow! This is awesome upcycling Sonia! Love how you worked a misshapen bangle into these fluttering beauties! Fabulous work! :)

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  15. Very pretty butterflies! They would make great embellishments! I love the idea and thanks for the great tutorial! :)Amy

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  16. Sonia, You just amaze me everytime I visit your blog!!
    The things you think of using that most people would throw away. These butterflies are awesome!!
    What a creative mind!!!

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  17. these are too good! thanks for teaching!

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  18. Like the bangle butterfly creation. I like Butterflies. Now I have to find some bangles or use florist wire which I have. I have plastic ones that were my daughter's but they are not pliable/cannot be shaped without breaking.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

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  19. Wow, this is very pretty. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your cards are all very beautiful.

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  20. Sonia you always do such fab job on your tutorials!! Always detailed but easy to follow :) The butterflies are a wonderful recycle project and beautiful also! Thanks for sharing/

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  21. Cool! I love it! I do make nylon stocking flowers, but never a butterfly so far, so i guess today is the day! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. creative idea. thanks for the tutorial

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  23. awesome!!!! never even thought of it!! and thanks of sharing those ideas of using the butterflies!! so patiently , you have taken so many photos!!My Patience never goes along with my photography!!kudos!

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  24. Sonia - so nice of you to share the tutorial. All the best for participating in the contests. btw what type of gauge do you use while attatching the wings. Have a great day

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  25. very beautiful and creative!

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  26. love this butterfly, thanks for the idea .and congrats on being the blog hop winner at make it monday, this seems to be ur lucky month:)

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  27. Разкошна пеперуда!Поздравления!

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  28. These are great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  29. You've taken recycling to a new level...simply gorgeous!! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!!

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  30. I love the butterflies you made..... the are really pretty :)

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  31. Fabbie idea!.. Love the reuse! :D

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  32. Fabulous !! Thnx fr d tutorial. :)

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  33. wow too good i need both ...they looks super cute..

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  34. This is fabulous! Lovely lovely use of those bangles :)

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  35. To do that you must have a lot of free time and patience! I could never do it! Congrats! It is beautiful!

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  36. Thank You dear friends for the awesome encouragement
    Nityakalyani- Any gauge wire should work to help attach the wings- I used a thin wire .

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  37. Great idea for recycling bangles!

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  38. You always surprise me with your beautiful creations!
    Greetings Baukje

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  39. Wow!! big thanks for the tutorial..and thanks for the comment u left on my card...yup i did look for other challenges where that card can fit...but didnt find any.

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  40. Wow, so many gorgeous projects, loved having a browse through your blog.So creative. The Flutterby is so pretty. Carolxx

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  41. On my! Doc this is such a cute idea. I have tried these with the regular craft wire. Made stocking flowers too. But using bangles is a brilliant idea :)

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  42. Awesome, simply awesome, thanks for sharing. I tried my hand at making these butterflies and I failed miserably but you seem to have sailed through. Love the pink butterfly the most. And out of a bangle - HOW CLEVER!

    xxx Monica

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  43. Thank You dear friends for the warm and encouraging words.

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  44. Great work,thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

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  45. Fabulous butterflies and a great idea. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  46. This is superb my dear :)
    thanks for the detailed how-To ;)
    Have fun!!!!!

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  47. Doc... This is absolutely super.. Absolutely love the pink butterflies.. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for playing again with craftyJc again...

    Hugs,
    Khush

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  48. Wow Wow Wow...u simply rock !!

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  49. really beautiful, and you explained the steps very well, thanks for sharing!!!
    Paula

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  50. So adorable!! I love how you come up with new things every time!

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  51. You are so creative! I just love your work!
    hugs
    Deanne
    http://deannescreativejuice.blogspot.com/

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  52. it turned out so lovely, what pretty colors too! I don't think I have ever seen a prettier stocking :)

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  53. oh these are so pretty Sonia .. whata fabulous idea.. and make your flower pots come alive
    Lisa
    ps .. Congrats on winning the candy on my blog for MIM.. please email me at lisa.coe@btinternet.com
    with your address so i can post it out to you
    Lisa xx

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  54. Simply gorgeous! Totally loved this tutorial.. I'm following you now.. and am looking forward to seeing lots of inspiration here.. :-)

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  55. What a lovely idea - cute little butterflies! Thanks so much for joining our Craft room challenge...Esther xx

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  56. Sonya this is so clever and these butterflies are real pretty love the orange one :-) thanks for joining us at Craft room challenge- debix

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  57. This was a great idea and a great tutorial. I am definitely going to try this. Thank you for sharing! They are beautiful!

    Dorcas

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  58. Oh my gosh, Sonia, this is so creative and beautiful! I love, love the butterflies! You have the best tutorials...they are so easy to follow! What an amazing, gorgeous project :)

    Lisa
    indymermaid.blogspot.com

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  59. those are so pretty. I love them. I also love the idea of using things that you already have laying around the house.

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  60. Fabulous idea and how wonderful that you did a tutorial also. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge. Kim xx

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  61. Sonia, I am always so impressed by your creativity, I love this butterfly:):)

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  62. How beautiful, and what a wonderful tutorial, such clear step by step instructions. I always like making something pretty out of nothing. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge and good luck. Julia xx

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  63. Sonia - your creativity is outta the world. What a fabulous piece of art that is!!

    This will make a lovely hair accessory for little girls too!!

    You are oh so wonderfully creative and soo generous with ur time by sharing all these lovely tutorials.
    Thanks for playing along at CraftyJC Challenge

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  64. How very pretty Dr Sonia! I love the little details!

    Re: your win on Make It Monday, have you sent your address to Lisa J so we can get your prize off to you? If not, send it to my email address on the post..

    http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/2011/09/make-it-monday-54-new-linky-party-and.html

    and we'll get it off to you asap!

    Mary J x

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  65. Me again! Don't worry, Lisa has told me you've emailed her already!

    ttfn!

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  66. its amazing....

    WOW.. Thats really a great post.. This is a very interesting way to make the butterflies...
    Scavenger Hunt Ideas

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  67. ths s beautiful sonia...love the pretty pink color on that

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  68. this is such a wonderful tutorial, sonia! your creativity is so awesome! love your sweet bflies and they can be attached to so many things! thanks for playing along:)

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  69. BEAUTIFUL job with your butterfly!You are so creative!I just LOVE your ideas and work!:)

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  70. Sonia, this is so beautiful. I love coming over here to see what you have created.

    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  71. Very clever and so very pretty! Thank you for sharing this!

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  72. Lovely butterfly.. :)

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  73. Vowwww!!!!thanq for ur grt tutorial.....
    butterfly looks sooo beautiful....

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  74. Oh my goodness. I have never seen anything like this and I am in complete awe! These are wonderful little flutterbies. :D
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial.
    I guess I won't be going out to a dinner anytime soon...all my stockings will be torn for crafts! LOL
    Lisa xx

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  75. Super clear and easy tutorial. you are full of such lovely ideas. Must try this one out too.
    Hugs Mrs A.

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  76. Those butterflies are wonderful! It is so much fun to use things in new ways. Thanks.

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  77. Stop by my blog when you get a chance, Sonia...I have an award for you (which coincidentally coincides with this gorgeous project)! :)

    Lisa
    http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

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  78. hi, i really liked ur the butterfly craft...and thanks a lot for a very simple n understandable tutorial...stop by my blog sometimes..

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  79. Beautiful butterflies, i'm a fan of this friends, lol!... I know a lot of time ago a technique to do flowers with nylon (panty hose that the ladies used) so I see this I remember.. looking like the same. I never see butterflies with nylon only flowers... You did amazing projects. Good Luck!
    -Sony

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  80. Beautiful butterflies. I love how you gave life to misshaped bangles :).

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  81. I have some of these butterflies that I purchased, but now (thanks to you) I can make more myself. Thank you so much for your detailed tutorials. They make everything look so easy. Your butterflies are gorgeous!

    Kelly
    http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

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  82. Thank You so much for the encouragement dear friends

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  83. That really looks pretty in the potted plant/ They look like fun to make too!

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  84. Sonia, its a wonderful butterfly you have created using old bangle & stocking material. the tutorial is very good. a small suggestion, if you add the antennae it will make it even more beautiful and lively :-) best wishes.

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  85. Such beautiful butterflies. I love them and may even have some of those bangles lying around. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs
    Brenda
    I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

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  86. How cool is this? I love the finished project- and I think you should write a book! I always find a treat here when I stop by!!!

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  87. Looks dainty n nice, all set to sit on a lil girl's headband or frock :)

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  88. This was a great "how-to". I just spent a good bundle on something like this and thanks to you, I no longer have to! Thanks!

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  89. Wonderful Dr. Sonia. Really loved it. Now, i'll be using my metal bangles lying unused for years because of my too sensitive skin.......

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  90. Beautiful butterlies and a super tutorial...thanks, Dr. Sonia!

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  91. Love that butterfly, fantastic job Sonia!

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  92. u r the best dr sonia.....amazingggg job!!!!

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  93. u r such a amazing craftier..very innovative..thanks for grt tutorial

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  94. wow... I saw this at a shop and I have always wanted to do this..!!! But I could not make out how to attach the wings to the body... !! Thanks for sharing ... ;-)

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  95. Wow Sonia! your website is extraordinary - wonderful! this is a project I am going to try soon - your tutorial is wonderful - so clear, thank you for sharing this... off to read more now :)

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  96. Wow great idea Dr. You have done a good job . And your tutorial with many pictures is superb... Thanks for your frequent visiting.

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  97. its so beautiful... thanks for sharing..
    love u....

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  98. oh god sonia i just throw a bunch of my old bangles ...i feel so bad :-(.... but thanx for sharing

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  99. WOW I always wanted to know how to do these butterflys, THANK YOU for the FAB tutorial, I shall make some for my daughters room as it's under decoration and I did buy some shop ones but do need more and bigger ones
    hugs
    Ildiko

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  100. Lovely Soniaji!!!Thanks for dropping by my blog!!

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  101. I love these butterflies! In the school where I used to work here in India, we also were making stockings flowers for parents, red ones ))) Thanks for reminding about this craft, I am going to buy the supplies now!

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  102. Really wonderful...loved it!

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  103. This is brilliant!!! I had been wondering about these butterflies!!! i love the tutorial!! TFS!

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  104. Hi sonia,
    You are just great. I saw butterfly made out of bangles.its so beautiful. You are just a innovator. I threw away few bangles last month. If i would have seen your site earlier i could have used it. But no worry i would definitly make one . Very brilliant. I just keep on checking your site and i love them, its ocean and is filled with so many ideas.

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  105. wow ! what a great work u have don superb!

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  106. kiran23/7/16

    Nice and very easy tutorial. .thank u mam..I hv tried this and the outcome is vry pretty ...its lovely :)♡

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