Convert a stack of Butterfly die-cuts into a beautiful notepad.
Decorate a stack of Butterflies to create a unique notepad that can be kept or given as a gift for a special occasion.
Students will understand how easy it is to make a notepad from any die-cut.
Supplies Used: Binder clips, Chipboard, Construction or copy paper, Crayons or markers, Padding compound, Paint brush
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut a stack of Butterflies using construction or copy paper.
- Die-cut one Butterfly using chipboard for the bottom of the notepad.
- Decorate one Butterfly using crayons or markers for the cover of the notepad.
- Align the stack of Butterflies with the decorated one on the top, the plain ones underneath and the chipboard Butterfly on the bottom.
- Use binder clips to hold the Butterflies together, about 1 1/2" to 2" apart, along the top of one wing.
- Apply the padding compound (available at stationery or office supply stores or online) evenly with a small paint brush to the section between the binder clips, following directions on the package. (The notepad functions best if the padded area is more straight than curvy.)
- Allow to dry, and reapply one or two more times. The padding compound dries clear and while still wet can be spread out (Main Photo).
- Almost any die-cut can be transformed into a unique and special notepad.
National Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes
- Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
- Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.