Thursday, 6 November 2008

The Butterfly Project Freebie

 [Edit to add - The Holocaust Museum have now reached their target of 1.5 million crafted butterflies. If you took part and sent some, well done!! I will still keep these butterfly templates free here for anyone that wants them!]

Can you help?

The Holocaust Museum in Houston is planning a major exhibition to commemorate the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust.

And that's where you and I come in - the exhibition will take the form of a breathtaking display of 1.5 million butterflies, 1 for each child that died needlessly. The museum is asking for our help. They want crafters/scrapbookers/stampers like us to create the butterflies for them and send them to the museum. This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something that is so worthwhile and meaningful!

There are no rules other than your butterflies can be no larger than 8" x 10" and must NOT have glitter on them. The examples I've shown here have been stamped, but you can use patterned papers and embellishments, paint and inks, whatever is your style.  The submission deadline is June 30, 2013.

You can find more information about the project here:

http://www.hmh.org/ed_butterfly1.shtml

You can draw your own butterfly shapes, or if you don't want to do that, I'm including 2 butterfly templates which you can cut if you wish. Unlike my usual templates, these will stay available here indefinitely. Feel free to pass the link on to others who might be interested in taking part. Please consider cutting out several and giving them out at your local crop or see if your child's teacher would be interested in doing it as a class activity in school (there are educational guidelines for a lesson based around the activity on the museum's web site).

There are 2 files , so I have put them into a zip file to make downloading easier. After saving it, open in the usual way, and drag the template out onto your desktop or wherever you wish to save them.

There are 3 versions of each template:
  • A printable version (PNG files) that you can import into a program like Word, then resize, print, cut out and use like any other paper template (these are NOT Word files, so don't use File/Open in Word! Use Insert/Picture to bring them into a Word document).
  • An SVG version which can be imported into the Sure Cuts a Lot program and then cut out on your Cricut.
  • A DXF version which is Craft Robo friendly, and ready to be imported into your Robomaster software (I'm not a Robo user, so if there are any problems with this, please let me know!)
Simply right click on the appropriate button below, and choose "save link..." or "save target..." and save your template!

Please feel free to post links to your completed butterflies, I'm sure that others who want to take part would welcome the inspiration, and it might help to persuade others to join in!

I also want to thank my friend Annette, who brought this to my attention on her wonderful blog.

7 Feb '10 - Edited to add this amazing picture sent by Eileen on the UKScrappers forum of the butterflies made by the children at the school she is involved with. Thanks Eileen!



Templates © dan99crafter@gmail.com 2008

62 comments :

Heather said...

What a wonderful and awesome thing to do!!! Thanks for posting this information Dan and for the wonderful freebie!!!!! I'll try to get one done ASAP!!!

Anonymous said...

Great cause, thank you for spreading the word, and letting us become part of the project.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dan for putting this
information out there for all
of us. What a great way to
help out. I plan I making some.
And thank you for the free
file.

Denise.Crosby

cal8007 said...

What a heartfelt project this is. I'll share this with my friends since many of my spiritual brothers and sisters died in the Holocust. They wore purple triangles. I'll make purple butterflies.
Carmen

voodoo vixen said...

Thanks so much Dan, the templates are lovely - I will just have to make a few more butterflies now! ;)

kelly said...

thanks for the templates dan ur a star!! will be using them for my butterfly
x

Tam on the Rocks said...

This is so great, thanks for helping with this cause! I live in Houston and already had plans for friends to gather next week to make butterflies. So I am excited that the word is being spread and you have made my life so much easier!

Jennie said...

Dan, a great idea, and one close to my heart for those who know me :)
Will add this to my blog
Jennie x

Andrea said...

just a thoughtful wonderful thing to do Dan, I will make some butterflies also, your examples are great x

misteejay said...

Dan, your butterflies are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing these lovely templates. I think a few of our local Brownies & Guides will be making use of these.

Toni :o)

Cazz said...

What a beautiful way to commerate the children xx Thank you for posting this x

Claireabelle said...

What a lovely idea! Thanks Dan, your a star
xx

AngelaC said...

Thanks Dan for sharing this with us. I have visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC - it was a very moving and emotional experience. Brilliant templates - I've saved them to make some butterflies to send to the museum.

Leanie said...

Thanks for these Dan - would I be ok to link to them from my blog article on this please?
Its at www.craftaholicleanie.com (article will be up in a bit)
Leanne x

crafty creations said...

Hi Dan

Your butterflies are amazing - thank you for the templates - I'll be honoured to join this project

x Hilda

Melissa said...

Thanks for giving us an opportunity to be a part of this. I work at an elementary school and will be asking who studies this to see if they are interested too. Although it may be more of a high school subject.

Krista said...

THanks Dan. I think this is a great cause to help out!

Susan Shields said...

Thank you so much for posting this information on your blog. I have done the same, and have added a link to your post!
What a worthwhile project!
Thank you also, for your butterfly templates!
Blessings!

Helena said...

A great idea, and thank you for the templates. I love doing crafty stuff with butterfly images. They are like flying flowers.
There is an award for you on my blog :)

Dawn said...

Dan
this is amazing thanks for sharing this - Great templates too!

Sherry said...

What a wonderful idea!! Thanks for sharing!

Sherry

Nylene said...

This is the sweetest thing. Great cause and an easy way to be helpful. Thank you for the beautiful butterfly files.

Tam said...

Thank you Dan. Boy I am finding I really like coming to your blog more and more everyday. You are great. TFS with us. And please keep up the wonderful video's. I love them.

cal8007 said...

Very somber indeed, Dan. I did notice the barbed wire before I read what you posted. I'll post mine tomorrow (or on the 7th my time)
Carmen

Raquel said...

LOL Thanks Dan, I was hunting through all my Cricut carts looking for a butterfly file! You rock!
Raquel

craftytrog said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the info, and for your fab templates!

Nicky said...

Thank you very much for these. :)

Tazmadazz said...

Thank you for the information and sharing these Dan.

Hels said...

It will be an honour to join in with this beautiful tribute to all those children who needlessly lost their lives. Dan, you are a star xxx

Joy said...

Thankyou Dan for this informaton and the free templates, I too shall be honoured to join in this wonderul project, love your stamped ones xx

daydreamer said...

Thanks Dan for the fab templates, for this wonderful project. :)
Rach x

Linda Elbourne said...

Fabulous template as ever Dan ... I have used it here
Thank you for sharing XXX

Lalia said...

Thank you for putting on this blog and spreading the word.

Chris said...

Oh what a wonderful thing to support this cause Dan. Thank you for the freebie... I will do some myself and then help spread the word via my blog :D
Thank you for allowing us to be part of this,
hugs
Chris xx

Chris said...

I have put a post on my blog now to help spread the word and a couple of butterflies I managed to do today.. but I will definately be doing more. Thanks again for the chance to get involved!!

Sarah C said...

Dan, this is such a gret thing you're doing and I'm more than happy to help. I'm putting a link on my blog too xx

Shary said...

Hi

I have put up a link on my blog to the project's site and also your blog for the templates. I hope you don't mind. What a wonderful way to remember all those innocent children.
thank you for the templates. I will be making my butterflies very soon.

Jaqi said...

Thanks Dan, Count me in, what a great cause. This is a beautiful template too, Thank you for the information and I will put a link on my blog. Cheers Jaqi

rene said...

thankyou for the butterfly templates

DeeAnn said...

Thank you Dan! I will be making several. You are such a sweetie to do this.

Mardi said...

How amazing, I am going to post this on my blog also to spread the word.
TFS!

Anonymous said...

thanks.. you do great work!!

Scrapbook Junkie said...

Thanks Dan for the fabulous templates, I'll definately take part and have passed on a link to your post.

Morag x

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dan! What a wonderful way idea. It would be a pleasure being part of this project. Marilyn

lenoriakelly said...

Thank you Dan for this info and for the free patterns. I am printing this off to give to my daughter who visited the Anne Frank house when she had the opportunity of going there in high school and was very touched by the experience. I will also send the info to my granddaughers' school when they reopen after the Christmas Holidays.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this tribute. It is an honer to do a little something to keep their memory alive.
Bless you,
Peggy

Judy said...

Dan great great thing you are doing..I have an animal rescue so I sent out all the info for the butterflies..

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for these downloads
Dell

justbecauseimages said...

Thanks for the info! We plan on doing this as an art project for our preschoolers and send them in! Thanks for sharing the project! I am glad we still have time!

Kas

Karen said...

I am going to do this as think it is a great thing to do. Thanks Dan for the inspiration and the file.

Anonymous said...

What a great cause and idea!! I hadn't heard of this yet, but I want to join in, thank you for the information, Dan. And thank you for the free pattern/SVG download! I love all of your files/patterns :)

Thank you ~ Amanda H

Anonymous said...

My grandchildren attend a private Catholic school and I intend to encourge their teachers to join in this effort. Thanks for letting us know about this wonderful memorial.
Rebecca

coocoo4cricut said...

What a beautiful idea. Butterflies are floating through my head now.
Can't wait to create.
I'm involved with a few Messianic ministries and have sent them your link. I'll bet they'll rise to the challenge and the museum will have more butterflies than the Monarch migration to Mexico :)

Lori

Lori said...

I'm posting my butterfly for "The Butterfly Project" as Dan suggested on my new blog. (I don't know what I'm doing with the blog yet so forgive me if I do something incorrectly)
Thanks for looking.

Lori

CHARITY CRAFTER said...

Good on you Dan x lovely cause x We must never forget the people that suffered and died x Especially of course the children x

Anonymous said...

thank you! I just made 2 with your templates and am sending them to Houston tomorrow

Kerry said...

Thank you Dan. Besides being beautiful butterflies, I will be glad to be a part of the project. Thank you for sharing. Kerry Peasland

Shirley said...

Thank you Dan, I use butterflies a lot in my own card making and would love to he;p BUT is there a closing date as I couldn't find one.

Elaina said...

I have only just found this Dan but I will do my bit. Thank you for making the project known to us.

rubbergranny said...

What a great project. I'll post the template on my blog and get going on my own butterfly. Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! My 6th grade class did this after meeting a holocaust survivor and I am sure that it is worth some of your time. If I died during the holocaust, I would be glad to see (if I could) people doing this for me and my friends. I heard that they are at 900,000 which seems like a lot but there's still 600,000 left to do. This is a great cause - please help!

Jill said...

Thank you so much, Dan, for the butterfly files...:-)

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