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Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper

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Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper

You are invited to stop by the Kemper Center for Home Gardening to see the latest project my volunteers and I have put together for the ‘Native Milkweed for Monarchs’ display. It is part of our Visual Guide Demonstrations featured bi-monthly.

We decided that cardstock would hold up the best because of the humidity from the plants. We chose oranges/yellows in theme with monarchs.  Our goal was for the butterflies to look like they were clustering and flying off the windows. I found a punch at Michael’s Craft Store that makes 3 different butterflies with one punch. First setting is a solid outline, the second setting punches holes on the outer edges of wing and the third setting punches holes on the wing edges and center. So we punched, glued the centers, and fluffed the wings - pretty easy!  We used Elmer’s glue with a tooth pick to put the three butterfly shapes together. I thought for sure that my volunteers would rebel after this project but they were really excited to see the finished frames. The butterflies are glued to the glass with E6000 glue (good for glass, mosaics, ceramics, and pottery). Just a dab on the on the backs, you have plenty of time to position the butterflies, and let dry overnight.  Kemper Center visitors enjoyed watching this project come together and even had input which we used. Thanks visitors!

Remember...on Wednesday morning, July 27th , a Visual Guide Demonstration on ‘Native Missouri Milkweed for Monarchs’ will be held at the  Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Ronda Anson, Plant Doctor/Insect Expert, will be available to answer questions. Drop in anytime between 10 am and noon.  There will even be a few fun small projects for our younger visitors to take home.

Debbie Kirkpatrick, Kemper Horticulture Assistant

*my minions – Valerie, Alison, Ruth, Emery, Bonnie, and Betty

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