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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.

Photography: SIMON WATSON

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Heavyweight printer paper, 13 by 19 inches and 8 1/2 by 11 inches,

  • Spray adhesive

  • Heavy textured black art paper, by Strathmore, available at Michaels

  • Double-sided tape

  • Poster putty

  • Pliers

  • Glue gun

  • Painters' tape or removable hooks (such as Command hooks)

  • Glue stick

  • 1/4-inch wooden dowel

  • Black paint (optional)


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

  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.

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