The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009
Cover work surface with scrap paper.
Paint exterior of an egg-shaped papier-mache box with acrylic craft paint as desired.
Mix equal parts of a contrasting-color paint and water in a bowl. Dip a toothbrush into thinned paint; shake off excess. With bristles facedown over box, draw the handle of a small brush across bristles to spray dots of paint. (Practice on scrap paper first.) Let dry.
Cut out butterflies from decorative paper using small scissors.
Attach a flat butterfly: Coat back of cut-out with Mod Podge using brush. Apply cutout to box; smooth using tip of brush handle. Let dry. To add glitter (optional), coat affixed cutout with Mod Podge. Sprinkle fine clear glass glitter; shake off excess. Let dry.
Attach a 3-D butterfly: Fold cutout along midline. To add glitter (optional), coat front of cutout with Mod Podge. Sprinkle glitter; shake off excess. Let dry. Apply craft glue to edge of fold. Place on box (or egg). Let dry
Boxes from germanplaza.com
Butterfly paper from touchofeurope.net
Glitter from marthastewartcrafts.com
Tip: Give egg-shaped boxes a natural touch with speckled paint, butterflies, and a rabbit cut from decorative paper (or clip art or color copies). Some insects shimmer with glitter; others pop with vibrant color. Glued along the midline, a few butterflies seem to hover.