DIY butterfly art

A week ago I had, on impulse, bought a butterfly paper punch. It makes the prettiest paper butterflies with dainty filigree like details. I love it but I didn't have even the faintest idea what to do with all the butterflies I'd so obsessively punched out that afternoon. And then I started to feel bad and was trying to justify the purchase so I thought I'd better make some art with it. Because really, you can't put a price on art, can you?
You'll need:

Paper (I used card stock)
Picture frame
Butterfly punch
Hot glue gun or craft glue

Method

1. Punch through ~15 butterflies with paper punch. Alternatively, if you have steady hands and lots of patience, you can cut out butterflies by hand.

2. Gently fold the wings up to create a 3D effect.

3. Glue the butterflies to your frame(s).

32 Responses to DIY butterfly art

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, I really love this! I will be on the lookout for a butterfly paper punch like yours. So cool how you can get a 3D effect by bending the wings. Awesome!

Tammy Lawrence-Cymbalisty said...

OMG - they are adorable! Love this... I'd be putting them all over my art journal!

Victoria | Oh So Pretty said...

I love those different shaped paper punches, they make things so much easier don't they?! I love what you did with this butterfly one, Trishie!

Anouka said...

I had no idea that butterfly punches existed! I always learn so many new things from your blog. I really love your creation, it's so beautiful.

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

lovely.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I didn't even know they made butterfly paper punches. This is so pretty Trishie!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Jane said...

i love how you came up with something to pair the butterflies with! and the more i see these kinds of posts, the more i want to invest in a glue gun! this diy screams spring - it's just around the corner for us here in the states!

Rose said...

Very lovely and creative diy art!! Yes, those paper punches are so nice and I have a couple myself. A dog face and a tulip. It is great for children party too. Just spread them around the tables as decor.

Samantha Heather said...

Well ain't that just the prettiest darn hole punch that I ever did see

Czarina Mae said...

So simple yet so pretty! I love these :)

My Garden Diaries said...

Simple and stunning friend! I absolutely love it! And so would my beans! A wonderful week to you!! Nicole xoxo

Josephine Choo said...

wow..this is so beautiful!! you're really creative!!!the other day i went to popular fair in expo..and i saw all the diy craft selling in superb cheap price.since i don't have any diy dna in me,i ended up buying nothing.now i regreting...

xo josephine
www.joselovincolors.com

burntfeather said...

so pretty! must keep my eye out for one of those punches, didn't realise a punch could be so intricate!

OtherMix said...

Love this! :D

Courtney B said...

Oh my GOSH! How cute is this? This would be perfect in my baby's room! Definitely saving this idea for a rainy day!

Miranda Nieważne said...

Ale to słodkie!Te motylki są takie małe i takie urocze...:)

K.Lee said...

What a wonderful DIY. Thank you for the tutorial. It turned out awesome considering it was something you came up with in a instantaneous idea. :).

xoxo, K.Lee

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

Such a cute and lovely DIY! I love the 3D effect you created with the butterflies!

Katrina Sophia said...

looking great! thanks for sharing.

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oomph. said...

i love 3D artwork. what a cute and simple DIY. thanks for sharing!

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Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

I totally feel the same way when buying those whole punchers- to try and make them multi-purpose.

and the art turned out lovely.

Tina Bradley said...

I adore butterflies and these are absolutely gorgeous, Trishie! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. That is stunning. I think it can work in almost any room.

Draffin Bears said...

HI Trishie,

Love your pretty butterfly art - great job.
Also enjoyed seeing the sweet photos of Alexander
happy week
hugs
Carolyn

Helena Oops said...

So beautiful!
I love butterflies!
Thank you forsharing!
Have a nice day!

Ananka said...

That's a cool idea. I do like those kinda punches. I know I'd be punching away all day too and now know what the heck to do with them all.
Great idea about the wings too, looks amazing :-)

CQUEK said...

Beautiful , must be hard work

Sam said...

I love what you have done with this butterfly art, it looks so pretty, something you would buy in a art store. I am grateful for your comments :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This is so pretty!

Jessica said...

Those butterflies are so lovely. Your artwork is beautiful.

Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Angela said...

You are so creative! I have something similar but I bought it from Target haha. Loving your layout!

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Soul Bare Mama said...

This is really cute! My girls would love something like this in their room! :-)