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16 DIY Butterfly Decor Ideas for Adults

March 09, 2020 | FILED UNDER: Accents, Summer
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If you search for butterfly crafts on Pinterest, you’re going to mostly find kids crafts. But don’t be dismayed! I’m on a mission to show that adults can craft with butterflies too! These 16 DIY butterfly decor crafts are proof that it is possible to incorporate butterflies into your decor in a sophisticated and chic way. I have always loved butterflies. In fact, I have a guest bedroom filled with butterfly decor, I spend my Mondays volunteering at a local butterfly pollinator garden, and I realized I’ve done close to 10 butterfly crafts on this blog! 

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My Favorite Butterfly Craft Supplies

The ideas below incorporate faux (not real) butterflies including:

16 DIY Butterfly Decor Ideas for Adults

Here are my favorite ways to decorate your home and special occasions with butterflies. I hope you try one out!

16 Easy DIY Butterfly Decor Ideas

Make a Butterfly Wreath

There is no one way to make a butterfly wreath! Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

1. Spring Butterfly Wreath via Design Improvised for Fun365.com

This is one of my favorite wreaths I have made, and one of the most popular ones with you all too. I wrapped a wire frame with a boxwood garland and dotted it with these feather butterflies from Oriental Trading. So easy! Tutorial here.

DIY Spring Butterfly Wreath

2. Butterfly Burlap Wreath via Dream Green DIY for Fun365.com

My friend Carrie of Dream Green DIY also used the feather butterflies in a completely different way starting with a foam wreath wrapped in burlap. I love how she grouped the butterflies all on one side of the wreath. Tutorial here.

DIY Burlap Butterfly Wreath

3. Faux Branches Butterfly Wreath via Making Nice in the Midwest

I love the rustic, natural look of this simple wreath using branches bent into a wreath shape. You could also start with a basic grapevine wreath and get a similar look. Tutorial here.

DIY Rustic Butterfly Wreath

Display Butterflies on Branches

Bring a little nature indoors by displaying faux butterflies in a natural scene. You can use branches, terrariums, or even fill a decorative birdcage with them.

4. Butterfly Tree via Rhythms of Play

Gather some branches from your yard, give them a coat of white spray paint, and add butterflies for this simple idea that would make a beautiful statement on a table or mantel. Tutorial here.

Butterflies on branches

5. Spring Butterfly Decorated Bird Cage via Design Improvised for Fun365.com

A decorative birdcage filled with moss, branches, and lots of feather butterflies makes a pretty piece of decor for spring. Check out how I incorporated it into my spring mantel. Tutorial here.

DIY Butterfly Birdcage Spring Craft

6. Butterfly Terrarium via Bless’er House

Similarly you can fill a glass cloche to create a butterfly terrarium. I love how realistic it looks! Tutorial here.

DIY Butterfly Terrarium

Create DIY Framed Butterfly Decor

7. DIY Butterfly Specimen Wall Art via Design Improvised

One of these easiest pieces of decor you can make! Create the look of vintage butterfly specimens by framing 3d butterfly stickers arranged in rows. Tutorial here.

DIY Butterfly Specimen Art Frame

8. Pressed Leaves Butterfly Art via Martha Stewart

I love the juxtaposition of nature in this craft. Use leaves to create beautiful butterflies! Tutorial here.

DIY Pressed Leaves Butterfly Art

9. DIY Floral Butterfly Frames via Design Improvised

Rather than framing your butterflies, add them to the frame along with a few flowers. This is a fun way to give an old frame a spring makeover. Tutorial here.

DIY Floral Butterfly Picture Frame

Make Butterfly Bouquets

Butterflies and flowers go hand in hand, so why not add them to a bouquet?

10. Butterfly Baby’s Breath Bouquet via Design Improvised

It doesn’t get any easier than this, folks! Buy a bunch of inexpensive baby’s breath at the grocery store and top with butterflies for an instant bouquet. Check out how I incorporated this into a Mother’s Day brunch table.

Butterfly Centerpiece Idea with Baby's Breath

11. Paper Butterfly Bouquet via Martha Stewart

If you want to stretch your crafting muscles a little more you can make your own butterfly filled bouquet using a cutting machine with this idea from Martha Stewart. Tutorial here.

DIY Paper Butterfly Bouquet

Create Butterfly Lanterns

Light up the night with butterflies with these lantern ideas.

12. Paper Butterfly Lantern via My Poppet Makes

A pretty and unique idea for a paper butterfly lantern. Tutorial here.

DIY Paper Butterfly Lantern

13. Butterfly Lantern Light Fixture via The Happy Housie

A simple way to update a plain paper lantern or lampshade is with some butterflies! Tutorial here.

DIY Butterfly Lantern

Add Butterflies to Your Party Decor

Spring parties including baby showers, birthdays and Mother’s Day brunches are all the perfect candidates for butterfly decor.

14. DIY Butterfly Balloons via Design Improvised for Fun365.com

Add an unexpected touch to balloons with feather butterflies. They are light enough to use on helium balloons, but you can also add them to air-blown balloons attached to balloon sticks.

DIY Butterfly Balloons

15. Butterfly Cupcake Stand via Design Improvised

Add butterflies to a cupcake or cake stand, or glue them onto bamboo sticks to make cake toppers! Tutorial here.

DIY Butterfly Cake Stand

16. Butterfly Napkin Rings via Design Improvised

My last easy idea is to create a simple napkin ring using a piece of pretty ribbon topped with a 3d butterfly sticker. So pretty for spring parties, such as my Mother’s Day brunch.

DIY Butterfly Napkin Ring

 

 

 

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