Homemade butterfly decorations

Updated February 21, 2017

Butterflies are popular for their bright, colourful wings and their frenetic, fluttering flight. They are pollinators that are often found accentuating the bright blooms of gardens. With homemade butterfly decorations, you can capture some of the beauty of the butterfly, and show off your creativity and artistry. Use butterfly crafts as ornaments, favours for a party or for any time you need a simple way to add colour and verve to neglected corners of your house.

Print a butterfly pattern onto thick paper, such as card stock.

Cut out your pattern with a craft knife or scissors. If your pattern has separate left and right sides, attach them with tape.

Assign a colour to each region of the butterfly pattern. Write the colours in lightly, with pencil.

Rip or cut off a small piece of tissue paper, in a 1.2 by 1.2 cm (1/2 inch by 1/2 inch) square. Crumple it into a ball, and coat the back with white glue.

Place the piece of tissue paper onto the butterfly, in the section with the corresponding colour. Continue to rip, coat and glue pieces of the same colour paper, until you have coloured the whole section.

Colour the other sections. Use the tissue paper method above, or paint some sections, to give the butterfly varied texture. If you wish, make a few narrow cutouts inside the wings, to add interest to your butterfly.

Bend the wings back in the middle, so that the coloured side of the butterfly is slightly convex. Use more tape on the undecorated side, to hold the wings in the desired position.

Attach a string to the plain side of the butterfly, near the middle, using tape. Hang the butterfly decoration from the ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Butterfly
  • Card stock
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Tape
  • Tissue paper (various colours)
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String
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Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.