DIY butterfly wreath


Use testpots in your favourite Resene paint colours to upcycle used foil coffee bags and create this quick and easy butterfly wreath. Watch the video and read our instructions below.

You will need:

  • Flexible vines or a premade wreath form
  • Used foil coffee bags
  • Resene testpot brush
  • Resene testpots in your choice of colours – we used Resene Quarter Frozen, Resene Pirate Gold, Resene Adrenalin, Resene XOXO, Resene Proton metallic and Resene Rose Gold metallic
  • Felt tip pen or marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot or quick bond glue

Step 1 Twist flexible vines into a circular wreath. If you don’t have a garden or appropriate trees on your property, you may choose to purchase a premade wreath form from your local craft shop instead.

Step 2 Using a testpot brush and a Resene testpot in your choice of colour (we used Resene Quarter Frozen), paint your wreath in two coats, allowing the first to dry before applying the second. To speed up the drying process, you may use a hair dryer on a low or no heat setting.

Step 3 Cut open your empty foil coffee packets to form flat sheets. Paint each sheet in two coats using a different colour of Resene testpot of your choice – we used Resene Pirate Gold, Resene Adrenalin, Resene XOXO, Resene Proton metallic and Resene Rose Gold metallic. Allow your first coat of paint to dry fully before applying the second.

Step 4 Fold each piece of painted foil in half then use our simple butterfly template to trace the outline with your felt tip pen or marker, aligning it to the fold. Cut out each butterfly shape with scissors so that the fold opens to reveal the other half of the identical shape.

Step 5 Use hot or quick bond glue to attach your butterflies to your painted wreath. Once your glue has dried, hang your wreath on your door or fence as a cheerful greeting to visitors and passers-by.

Top tip: Instead of using coffee foil packs, try making your wreath using cut lengths of wallpaper, which are available at your local Resene ColorShop.

project and styling Sarah Heeringa

video Ben Whorwood

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