Artfully Aflutter

Metamorphosis isn’t just for caterpillars—it also happens when you transform a space with one of these elegant butterfly-inspired crafts.

MONOCHROMATIC OVERSIZED ART

A few supplies and a little time turn a blank canvas into something lovely. The perceived movement of butterflies creates interest while the monochromatic palette makes this piece a seamless addition to any room’s color scheme and decor.

Materials

Feather butterflies
Flat spray paint, white
30 x 30 canvas

Tools

Drop cloth
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Instructions

Lay butterflies on drop cloth, right side up. Spray an even coat of spray paint. Let dry. Paint second coat, if needed. Use hot glue to adhere the underside of the butterflies to the white canvas, placing more at the base of the canvas and gradually editing towards the top. Hang.

FOILED SHADE

While appearing to be a plain fabric/paper lamp shade in daylight, the shade shows off when the light turns on. Metal leafing applied inside the shade creates butterfly shadows on the outside. This easily-crafted design celebrates God's Creation. Download the template here.

Materials

Stencil sheets
Butterfly Stencil Template
Pencil
Tape
Lamp shade, light tan color
Metal leaf spray adhesive
Silver leaf sheets
Metal leaf spray sealer
Table lamp

Tools

Self-healing cutting mat
Craft knife
Metal leaf brush, optional

Instructions

Lay a stencil sheet over the provided template, and trace the butterfly shape with a pencil. Place the stencil sheet on cutting mat and carefully cut out shape. Using the piece with the butterfly- shaped hole, place it inside the lamp shade, taping along the outer edge of the stencil. Spray the adhesive inside the stencil outline. Using fingers or metal leaf brush, pat silver leaf so it sticks to the adhesive. Fill in shape and spray with sealer. Repeat as desired. Attach lamp shade to table lamp and turn it on.

TABLE ART

Inspired by butterfly displays at museums and botanical gardens, our writing desk captures the beauty of these creatures. Fabric cutouts were applied to the desktop using a decoupage medium. Notes and letters penned at this desk will be influenced by its orderly, creative imagery and high style.

Materials

³/4 yard butterfly fabric
White desk
Matte decoupage

Tools

Fabric scissors
Foam brush

Instructions

Cut out fabric butterflies. Arrange them on desk in linear pattern, or as desired. Use a foam brush to apply decoupage underneath each butterfly in an even, thin layer. Place butterflies one at a time. Once all butterflies are placed, apply smooth, thin layer of decoupage on top of desk. Let dry.

WATERCOLOR

Framed artwork instantly elevates a room. The delicate design and bright colors of this butterfly art piece, above, are a stylish mix of pretty and playful.

Materials

Downloaded Butterfly Painting from lifebeautifulmagazine.com
Heavy printing paper, white
Matted Frame

Tools

Printer
Scissors
Low-acid tape

Instructions

Print downloaded image onto white paper, resized to ½ inch larger than mat opening on all sides. Place mat face down. Set print face down on top of mat. Center print on mat and tape down. Place mat with print inside frame. Hang on wall.