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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.



Reviews (2)

  • medlong123 2 May, 2015

    where is the template for the paper butterfly mobile. I can't find it any where. please let me know.

  • Sarinha Sarinha 15 Oct, 2014

    Has anyone else noticed the error in the butterfly template? The two pieces (wing with body and wing) made to glue together to create fluttering butterflies are the same wing. Both are the left wing so it is impossible to glue them together and create a butterfly with open wings as shown in the picture.