Saturday, February 18, 2012

BUTTERFLY OBELISK: To celebrate the release of Pulp Fiction 2nd edition

Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects 2nd edition will be released with a better design and additional projects on April 15th.  Here's a sneak peek!
When I first started making this project I wanted to cover it in something really interesting but just couldn’t think of anything that would work better than phone book pages  and butterflies.  I have so many phone books hanging around it was time to do something with them other than prop myself up at the dinner table.   I’d much rather look for a number on this obelisk than in a floppy 45 pound phone book. 

You’ll need:
X-Acto knife
Scissors (Fiskars is my brand of choice)
Elmer’s glue
1” wide paint brush
Transparent tape
Black and white copies of butterflies 

Here’s how:
1.    Cut out the shapes in cardboard.  The patterns are simple:
4 rectangles 3"x2 1/2" x 10"
4 triangles 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" x 1 3/4"
1 box 5" x5"square and 3" tall
3.    Tape them together to make your obelisk shape.
4.    Add Elmer’s glue where the cardboard is touching to make your shape sturdy. 
5.    Cut strips of a phone book or book pages and apply with Elmer’s glue (Water it down just a tiny bit) to the obelisk with the 1” wide paintbrush and let dry.
6.    Copy the butterflies in this book at a place like Staples.  Don’t use your home computer printer because the ink will run. 
7.    Cut your black and white butterfly copies and apply them with the Elmer’s glue and let dry.
8.    Coat with Mod Podge Gloss to finish it nicely.
Grab a copy of 
Pulp Fiction Perfect Paper Projects 2nd edition.  All the projects from the first but even BETTER!


  1. Fab! I love anything with butterflies on it.

  2. Neat idea...but a thought when I looked at it, was that colorful butterflies would make it really stand out...just a thought.

  3. Beyond loving the project your comment about being propped up with the phone book cracked me up. I still have our picture on my refrig as inspiration. The inspiration is that knowing that people, like you, make the world a better place.

  4. Awesome idea! I have saved phone books thinking I could do something with them someday. I am definately going to do this. I am decorating a small little area in my apartment and need something tall for the table. This would be perfect.

  5. I LOVE this project and I'm so excited Pulp Fiction 2nd edition is coming out!! You are amazing!

  6. Very pretty! Now to find some phone books! Thanks for sharing, Mark :O)

  7. Love it when A guy loves crafty as much as we ladies do. I am not much making originals but love to try others neat stuff. I do have a lot of phone books. Knew I saved them for some

  8. This is a uber cool project.... Thank you for sharing, get's the creative juices flowing. :)

    Sar Tann