Colorful Bug Wall Art
Die-cut paper bees, butterflies and dragonflies grace this shadowbox wall art project.
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)
30" × 30" plywood
32" × 32" white linen fabric
28" × 28" circle template
30" × 30" white shadowbox frame
- 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
- After the paint has dried (about 30 minutes), flip over all of the paper insects
- 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
- While the insects are drying, lay out the piece of plywood. Coat the surface with spray adhesive
- 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
- 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
- Flip the piece of plywood back over to the front side. Then tape down the circle template so it is centered over the plywood
- Fold a paper insect in half so that the salmon-colored side becomes the “bottom” of the insect
- Use a glue gun to glue the insect onto the linen-covered plywood within the circle template
- 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
- Once the circle has been filled with paper insects, cut away the template
- Insert the piece of plywood into the shadowbox
- Flip over the shadow box. Insert nails along the edges of the frame with a nail gun to attach the plywood to the frame
- Hang in the desired location using picture wire and D-rings
Design Tip: Paper die-cut insects can be purchased at most craft stores or online.
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.