Adding a Little Punch~ Flowering & Fluttering Branches


My branches and burlap window dressing

in my Potting Shed were ready

for a spring metamorphosis!


I found the idea and inspiration for spring-flowering branches  at An Extraordinary Day~ using a paper punch to make book page flowers.

You can find the tutorial here.


My branches in my Potting Shed were

ready to shed their oak leaves and

 long overdue a spring face lift.


Instead of a book, I used photo copies

of my vintage seed catalog also used

 to create a wreath for my Potting Shed.


 A flower paper punch found at Hobby Lobby from The Paper Studio was used to cultivate :) 1 1/2 inch blossoms, which then sprouted from the branches with help of a glue gun.

flower punch branches

This is a perfect little project for a rainy

afternoon or a day you need to be indoors!


I was all aflutter over the paper punches

that were 50% off at Hobby Lobby.


Like a butterfly seeking nectar, I found an ‘all over the page’  punch from Martha Stewart.

An ‘all over the page’ punch, as the name suggests lets you punch in the middle or anywhere on you paper, not just along the edge.


Magnets help the top of the punch align

with the bottom of your punch on your paper.




To attach the butterflies to the burlap temporarily,

I used a dot glue runner instead of a glue gun.




flower branches potting shed

Before I realized it

I had a butterfly migration~


They found their way to my seed catalog wreath~

 before the metamorphosis pictured below~


And after the

butterfly migration~


bfly seed catalog wreath


butterfly punch wreath



Hope you’re enjoying a spring

metamorphosis where you are!

flower and butterfly punch collage

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  45 comments for “Adding a Little Punch~ Flowering & Fluttering Branches

  1. April 26, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Wonderful, charming, gorgeous and very creative!

  2. Bonnie Keearns
    April 26, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Amazing and skillfully done…just in the awwwww moment right now!

  3. April 26, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I just have to get one of those paper punch thingies. I love this project. Of course, I love anything at all that you do in that potting shed. It’s like a little paradise to me.

  4. Kathi
    April 26, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Oh Mary, I just love it. So realistic and “springy”. You did a great job.
    Hugs, Kathi

  5. Sandi Lee
    April 26, 2013 at 7:13 am

    So smart and a project children would love to help with-super idea.

  6. Lisa Mcgee Smith
    April 26, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Great idea for Spring! I think it would look pretty with some vintage colored paper too. You know, the ones that look like hand-colored lithographs? And I LOVE your butterflies, sweet!

  7. April 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Fun! I love punches and 50% off! Let the punching begin! Happy Spring!

  8. April 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I love it! I can see how you would want to put these cuties everywhere. I have to find this whole page punch…Martha is brilliant! Thanks for the ideas!


  9. April 26, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Fabulous!!!! Extraordinary!!!! You take everything to a whole new level! Love it!! Thank you so much for sharing a link back to my blog too! You are so sweet Mary! [hugs]

  10. April 26, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Super cute idea!

  11. Cheryl
    April 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Beautiful Mary! You come up with the most cleaver ideas. Love the addition to the wreath. It just adds something special. Next time you’re in the paper crafting area of the store, check out the distress inks. You apply them to the edges of your cut outs with a sponge dauber. It adds just a hint of color to your cut outs and makes the paper appear aged. I love using them. The added color makes things just pop!

  12. April 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

    FABULOUS touch!!!! So creative! I’ll bet they’re a lot of fun to make and then to decide where to splash them about!

  13. April 26, 2013 at 8:31 am

    You are certainly fluttering about with creativity! Happy weekend!

  14. April 26, 2013 at 8:32 am

    a garden room to flourish and play, does it get any better? all my favorite things housed in one little creatvie hot spot, FUN FUN FUN! i am so smitten with the watering can butterfly, priceless…

  15. April 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Your paper butterflies are so delicate, you can feel them flitting about! The potting shed branches are the ideal spot for your seed catalog blooms, light and airy for spring! It all looks adorable!

  16. KIM
    April 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

    So cute and always fun to see your changes to your cute shed.

  17. April 26, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Your life is such an incredible series of wonderful projects. I’m in awe!

  18. Linda K.
    April 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    You are so clever. It must be so much fun to have a special place all your own. I loved this post.

  19. April 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Wow Mary…another one of your gorgeous projects that I am adding to the the long list of “Mary’s creations”….love, love it!…and I really love the way you added the butterflies, etc. to the seed catalog cone wreath…oh, and I missed that sale!…Way, way too cute project Mary!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  20. April 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I found you through pinterest several months ago and your blog has quickly grown into my favorite! You are so creative, i love it! And you have the same addiction that I do to pretty dishes! LOL! I have a huge cupboard full of dishes for every imaginable occasion.

  21. susan martin
    April 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    where did you purchase your burlap?? I’d like to do the same in my garden shed!

  22. April 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Very pretty and spring-y Mary! I love the loose knots at the bottom of your curtains too:@)

  23. April 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Mary, your little garden shed is such a glorious place. Love the blossoms on the branche and thanks for the hint about the anywhere punch!! It all looks just so inviting!! I think I could live there. Love the wreath also and the extra butterflies give it such dimension. Thanks for sharing your project with all of us. love your blog!! Blessings, Linda

  24. Lady Delores LeBoeuf
    April 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Flutterbys are so adorably CUTE…………Love & Blessings…

  25. April 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Wow great job! i love it and it does look terrific. You are so creative and I just love your posts. Thanks so much for sharing this.
    Have a wonderful SPRING weekend.

  26. April 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Mary, this looks like a fun project. Love the idea of the “all over the page” punch. Using copies of your see catalog was the perfect resource. Everything you do is so clever!

  27. April 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I think those hole punch gadgets are so much fun. :D I love your posts about your adorable potting shed….if I had one I’d play in it all day long and do little else!

  28. April 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm


    It’s amazing how effective those punches are. I love the idea of the all over the page punch. I hadn’t seen those but now will be on the look out for them.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  29. April 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    This is just too adorably cute! You certainly have a way with craft punches. You have me looking for a shamrock punch to use to cut out little spinach shamrocks, and now I see that I need a flower and butterfly as well. I do have an Eiffel Tower and Gondola though, so come up with something amazingly clever for those. ;-)

  30. April 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Beautiful flowering and fluttering branches, Mary!

  31. April 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Mary, your potting shed is magical! I love the paper cone wreath.

  32. April 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I do so love the butterflies on the wreath!! And the makeover of the branches is really wonderful.. Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods for sure. xo marlis

  33. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    April 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Oh how fun is this and the butterfly’s are fabulous. I love what you do to this space, it is just so fun. Thanks tons for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  34. April 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I love your fluttering and flowering branches, Mary! What a great idea and with the vintage seed catalog paper, just perfect for your potting shed. You are so full of inspiration here.

  35. April 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    The butterflies on the wreath are perfect! I love it! Love the flowers o the burlap and branches. You are so creative. XO, Pinky

  36. April 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Oh my the branches turned out so pretty and look perfect paired with the burlap, Mary. The wreath is wonderful in your happy potting shed. I love seeing the metamorphosis in the the shed.

  37. April 30, 2013 at 8:56 am

    That is such an adorable idea! I recently purchased a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and it hasn’t left the top of my scrapping table — I use it all the time!

  38. stefanie
    May 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

    oh….its beautiful!!!!

  39. May 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

    The seed page wreath is so beautiful, wonderful idea.
    Thanks for sharing.

  40. May 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    So creative! I love the delicate flowers and butterflies with the branches. Very pretty!

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  42. March 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    wow the cutest potting shed ever!! I think I could live in there! Love your branches and butterflies and the paper wreath..whats not to love in this room? I would love it if you would come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your creativity with us. Hope you will come and party with us.
    Karin 

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