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Clip-Art Butterfly Specimens

Beautiful butterflies seem to float off the pages of a dusty old tome, growing as they flit around this library. You can make these creatures in different sizes for your display.



  1. Step 1

    Print the butterflies (see the clip-art templates above) on to heavyweight paper. Trim butterflies roughly, then use spray adhesive to adhere them to black paper. Carefully cut out each butterfly.

  2. Step 2

    Open a book from your own collection (the thicker, the better). Lay blank paper, cut to fit your book, on the book's pages.

  3. Step 3


    Anchor some of the butterflies flat to the page with double-sided tape. Use a little putty on the back of some of the butterflies to give them a little lift from the page to make them appear more realistic.

  4. Step 4


    For butterflies fluttering out of the book, cut piano wire to desired length. Use pliers to curl one end of the wire to make a little hook, then use a dab of hot glue to attach the butterfly to the hook. Cut a small square of foam board, and place it under the blank page; pierce the other end of the wire through the page and foam board so the butterfly appears to be flying over the page.

  5. Step 5

    For the larger butterflies around the room, use painters' tape or removable hooks to hang them on the walls.

  6. Step 6


    To make butterflies on dowels as prepared on "The Martha Stewart Show," print template on 11-by-17-inch paper or reduce size to print smaller butterflies on standard paper. Cut out roughly around butterfly and mount on black cardstock with a glue stick. Cut out butterfly shape, then cut slits as marked on butterfly's body. Thread a 1/4-inch dowel (painted black, if desired) through slits. From the back of the butterfly, tie a ribbon around dowel between slits. Curl ribbon, if desired.