Colorful Bug Wall Art

Die-cut paper bees, butterflies and dragonflies grace this shadowbox wall art project.

Colorful Bug Wall Art

Die-cut paper bees, butterflies and dragonflies grace this shadowbox wall art project.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
Butcher paper
Paper die-cut insects (we used bees, butterflies and dragonflies)
Spray paint in six different shades (we used light pink, lavender, salmon, baby blue, silver and gold)
Gloves
Glue gun
Glue sticks
30" × 30" plywood
32" × 32" white linen fabric
Spray adhesive
Scissors
28" × 28" circle template
30" × 30" white shadowbox frame
Nail gun
Nail brads
Picture wire
D-rings

    Steps
  1. Cover your workspace with butcher paper. Spread out the paper insects so none overlap, and then spray paint randomly over the bugs using all six colors of spray paint



  2. Design Tip: Paper die-cut insects can be purchased at most craft stores or online.

  3. After the paint has dried (about 30 minutes), flip over all of the paper insects
  4. Thoroughly coat the backs of the paper insects with the salmon-colored spray paint (or color of your choice). This will add dimension to the insects when they are attached to the plywood
  5. While the insects are drying, lay out the piece of plywood. Coat the surface with spray adhesive
  6. Lay the white linen on top of the plywood so about 2" of excess fabric extends past all four edges of the wood. Smooth the surface to make sure the linen is adhered with as few wrinkles as possible
  7. Flip over the plywood and trim the edges of the linen if needed. Then spray adhesive on the outer edges of the plywood and fold over the edges of the linen to attach them to the back


  8. Flip the piece of plywood back over to the front side. Then tape down the circle template so it is centered over the plywood

  9. Fold a paper insect in half so that the salmon-colored side becomes the “bottom” of the insect
  10. Use a glue gun to glue the insect onto the linen-covered plywood within the circle template
  11. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until the circle is covered. Make sure to distribute each type of insect evenly throughout the circle – avoid creating clusters of any one insect



  12. Design Tip: While you can arrange the insects in whatever formation you desire, we chose to line up the insects and face them all in the same direction.

  13. Once the circle has been filled with paper insects, cut away the template
  14. Insert the piece of plywood into the shadowbox
  15. Flip over the shadow box. Insert nails along the edges of the frame with a nail gun to attach the plywood to the frame
  16. Hang in the desired location using picture wire and D-rings