Butterfly Specimen art from Spunky Junky {{tutorial}}

Hello! Hello! Love Stitched stalkers readers!
My name is Halsey and I am so happy to be here today.  Don’t you just love Brittany’s blog? She totally cracks me up with her funny stories, her amazing tutorials, and I her keen eye for fashion!

When I am not chasing my Punk around or lovin’ on my Hunk I run a lil’ blog called Spunky Junky. I am a true believer that good taste doesn’t need to cost a lot of money! So I have tried to make my house a home one piece of spunky junk at a time.
Today I am going to show you how to make a butterfly specimen box on the cheap…as in super, uber cheap.
For this project I used:
paint sample cards in coordinating colors from Lowe’s-FREE
self-adhesive foam mount stickers
a butterfly punch
and a mounting board (aka the Costco cardboard insert so pictures can’t bend) FREE
I tried to pick out paint sample cards that coordinated with the colors in my home.
Once I cut out the butterflies I used the adhesive foam stickers to stick the butterflies to the mounting board.
Super cheap. Deceivingly cute.  

Thanks Brittany for so letting me crash your pad today! 

Thanks for sharing Hasley! This is such simple way to add a pop to your home decor! You could easily buy ANY punch and change it up with this project!

Be sure to leave Hasley some comment love and thank her for her darling tutorial!!


  1. 1
    Natalia Lynn says:

    Oh my gosh, LOVE IT!

  2. 2

    Sooooo cute! :)

  3. 3

    What a great tutorial. However, my eye was caught be the 'meet my peeps' print. HAHA, made me laugh!!

  4. 4

    Super cute! And don't think I didn't notice that your bunny garland is also made from paint chips! I'm sure you got a few funny looks that day!

  5. 5

    How clever is that?? Such a good idea to get it to coordinate with the colors in your home… smart smart SMART! I need to follow her blog now…

  6. 6
    Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:


    You rock!! :) And yes I am your biggest fan since OMTWI ended! :)


  7. 7

    I love this! Definitely going to have to try it.

  8. 8
    Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says:

    I am in love with this project! So simple, yet totally beautiful! LOVE!

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    In this wonderful life... says:

    SO cute!! I would have never thought of something like this!

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    The WholeFamDamily says:

    soooooooo cute, i never would've thought of that, and it is so simple!! love this idea, i need more creativity in my home, for realzzzzzzz!!

  11. 11

    I love that she used paint chips, so you know they will coordinate and match! So pretty:) Love your blog and your Etsy shop is absolutely adorable too!!

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    PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    I love this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. 13
    Hannah Handmade says:

    Wow! This is really a good idea! SO I guess you just walk in and take the sample cards you need? Kinda cool really!

  14. 14
    Danielle says:

    Where did you get your butterfly punch?

  15. 15

    Very cute! I would also like to know where you got the butterfly punch?

  16. 16

    I saw this image and just HAD to find out who and how it was made … SPECTACULAR!
    Thank you so much for sharing and have a GREAT day!

  17. 17

    Very pretty. It looks great.

  18. 18

    love how they are popping out from the background! Very cool.

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    Hannah Grace says:

    OMG!!!! THAT IS SO COOL! totally useing this!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

  20. 20

    I went to Home Depot and picked up a bunch of the Mickey Head shaped ones, I’m going to try the butterfly thing with these for my baby’s room!

  21. 21

    Those cost the store money and are intended to help with color choices. Darling project but offer to pay for the 100 samples you took. Let me honest pinterest friends

    • 22

      This was a guest tutorial done by someone else, I was simply featuring it. And just for future reference, when I have done a project in the past I did ask when I took the 20 sample cards what the charge would be, and DID tell them they were for an art project and they told me they were free and I could use them for what I wanted. I think when taken in excess all the time it is not fair and much like “stealing” but when you are up front and honest with them and they tell you to go ahead then that was their choice to let you take them :) I appreciate your input but not everyone is dishonest and trying to “steal”
      PS – it’s be nice if you left a valid email address and or website when speaking your Mind so I can/could have the chance to respond ;)

      • 23

        I think that Heather had a valid point about the paint chips. Because I am seeing it increasingly in different blogs and on pinterest. Yes ASK first and Heather was not being rude she was pointing out that you are taking samples that are intended for people who are painting. It is frustrating when we go into a store and are looking for paint samples to try on our walls as it is. I think the paint sample craft projects are getting out of hand. Buy your card stock like we do. I had to have ombre for a project it was $2.00 on sale for the one different purple cardstock packet at Michaels. Yes a lady may have let you take whatever you needed for whatever, but it is still not right, no it is not stealing it is taking advantage of something intended for a totally different purpose. My email is included if you need to respond.

    • 24

      I think you should chill-out. Those paint chips are there for people to take FOR FREE (obviously not for people to abuse, but seriously who is going to take all of the paint samples?). It seems to me like you are just trying to find something to complain about because you didn’t really have anything nice to say about a project that is supposed to inspire and cost very little.

  22. 25

    This post totally inspired me! Your project was super cute, I had to do one of my own. My finished product is here: http://justpeachy8.blogspot.com/2012/04/butterfly-silhouette-wall-art.html

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