I’ve been meaning to make this butterfly wall art for some time but didn’t want to have to sit there and glue a hundred tiny little butterflies in place.
It’s so hard to keep track of all the different colors and sizes when gluing these butterflies so I was set on finding a better way.
I made a slight compromise and did the base bunch of butterflies already attached to the background cardstock. All I had to do with flip the wings up.
I did end up attaching another layer of varied butterflies on top but that wasn’t nearly as bad as attaching all the butterflies by hand.
That whole thing took maybe 5 minutes and I was quite pleased with myself for coming up with a hack.
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Materials for butterfly wall art
Cardstock – It is really important to use medium weight cardstock with colored cores for this art project. The wings flip up so if it has a white core, you can see a bunch of white lines. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Frame – I didn’t have one on hand but a shadow box would work better for this project. I would recommend a 12×12 sized frame at a minimum. Otherwise, the butterflies are too small and hard to work with. I’ve gotten this one from Amazon in the past and liked it.
Glue – I would use any glue you can use with cardmaking here. Here are a few of my favorites:
Template – The SVG template (and printable version) is available for free in my resource library.
How to assemble the butterfly art piece
Cutting the butterfly templates
The best part of this project is there is minimum cleanup. I would highly recommend a fresh blue light grip mat if you have it. I find the light grip mat is easier to get cardstock off of but there are some intricate cuts to this design so it need to be a relatively fresh mat that is sticky.
Otherwise, the standard grip mat will do. I pick off the individual butterflies with tweezers.
Folding the wings
I like the put the base piece on my lap so there is some curvature and I don’t have to dig for the wings.
I just kind of pinch the wings together.
Gluing the extra butterflies on
After pinching all the butterflies, I just apply a little glue on the fold of the butterfly and start placing it on the base sheet.
This part is really up to your preferences. I like to put the bigger darker ones towards the bottom and let it fan out.
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