Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks  ж

Butterflies made of white and red thread twined round two crossed toothpicks. That’s all, but the result is excellent.

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

When you cross the toothpicks, press the cross firm them firm with your fingers.

Start to twine the thread to make the wings of the butterfly. Choose those sides that will result in big wings, and not the opposite.

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

When you are ready with one of the wings, tie the thread round the top of the toothpick before you start with the next wing.Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

Pass the thread lengthwise to form well the two parts of each wing.

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

Use metal wire for the head and antennas of the butterfly:)

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

Stick a bead at the tips of the wings. Add different coloured thread to finish the butterfly.

Matrenitsas-butterflies from toothpicks

What is ‘martenitsa’?

In Bulgarian folklore the month of March is often portrayed as a plump, cheerful old lady, “baba Marta”. The 1st day of her reign is celebrated with red and white ornaments in various designs – as bracelets, brooches, pom-poms… 
The origins of this ritual are lost in time, but the meaning is clear – they are luck charms you give away to wish good health (and good looks, too!) Friends, family, even pets and domestic animals get one.They are also a countdown to spring – you wear them every day until you see the first stork, or swallow, or blossoming tree. Then you take themartenitsa off and tie it to a branch.

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Chaya 24/02/2014 at 09:32

    Awesome. Will make this tonight g or our family home evening activity.

  2. maria cecilia 09/04/2014 at 02:52

    Beatiful and easy do make it !

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  4. leticia Belmonte 11/06/2014 at 22:58

    me gustan sus tutoriales son muy claros y sus ideas son muy praacticas muchas gracias por compartir

  5. babeth gautier 28/03/2015 at 12:56

    merci beaucoup pour toutes ces idées! un site qui me plait énormément. Pleins de bonnes idées faciles à réaliser avec peu de matériel. Bravo!

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