DIY butterflies on the wall: 10 interesting ideas
To decorate the interior, it is not necessary to spend fabulous money. You can create beautiful and elegant jewelry even with your own hands. Trembling and tender butterflies will delight the precious child in the nursery, create a romantic atmosphere in the bedroom or living room. And we will tell you how and from what to make them!
1. Drawn butterflies
To draw a spectacular composition of flying butterflies on the wall, you do not need to be a professional artist at all. Use a stencil, carefully place the base with a chalk or pencil and slowly transfer the composition. And only then - gently paint over the contours with ordinary acrylic or luminous fluorescent paint with a thin brush.
2. Butterfly stickers
It’s even easier - print ready butterflies on a special vinyl canvas or buy ready-made stickers. You only need to think up and plan a composition, and then carefully stick the stickers on the wall. Avoid bends, bruises and air bubbles by carefully rolling the stickers with a roller or any other suitable tool.
3. Paper butterflies
Paper is the simplest and most affordable material, but choose the density and thickness correctly. The thinner it is, the more airy and graceful the butterflies will be, fluttering from every gust of wind. But accidentally ruining them is much easier, and a crumpled or torn sheet cannot be accurately restored.
More practical and easy to use - origami paper or thick sheets for applications. As an alternative - craft or colored paper for children's creativity. Butterflies made from old glossy magazines look spectacular and unusual.
To cut the same butterflies, make a stencil from cardboard, a thick album sheet or just print any contour you like from the Internet. To think about the composition and sizes of future butterflies, cut the usual rectangles and attach them to the wall. So you will understand how the finished panel will look, especially if you want to combine several shapes and sizes.
4. Corrugated paper butterflies
Corrugated sheets are very thin, so they require delicate handling. But they give a feeling of lightness, airiness and volume, which is not enough for plain paper. Such butterflies are easy to make with a baby - you just need to take a rectangle and pull the middle onto glue or thread. Then you can glue the antennae as well as shape the edges of the wings.
5. Butterflies made of fabric
A bag with old colorful patches, scraps of ribbons, beads and braid can finally find a new life. From the scraps you will get excellent spectacular butterflies that complement textile upholstery and liquid cellulose wallpaper. It is a good choice for Provence, Scandinavian style and other interiors that gravitate to textiles and handmade.
The main secret is to process the edges so that they do not crumble and do not fray. Of course, flashing each butterfly manually is long and not very beautiful. Just soak the rags in a solution of water with PVA and let them dry well, and only then - cut.
6. Butterflies made of cardboard
Paperboard does not make butterflies so delicate and airy as thin paper. But it is more durable, it is more difficult to crush and damage, and it creates volume better. By the way, cardboard can be easily bent and shaped if you carefully sprinkle it with water.
Sophisticated openwork wings are best obtained also from cardboard. For this you need a sharp clerical knife - preferably a new one, so as not to break through anything. And then just act on the stencil, making slots and holes. Ready butterflies can be painted with gouache or acrylic, covered with sparkles or even beaded.
7. Volumetric multilayer butterflies
From several sheets of paper of different density and color you can make complex multi-layer butterflies. To do this, several identical elements overlap each other. Use glue to connect or, for ease, sew in the middle with one neat stitch. After that, bend the wings at different angles relative to the center - and now the voluminous butterfly is ready.
To attach butterflies to the wall, you need a simple double-sided tape, which is cut into small squares. If you plan to leave the decor for a long time, feel free to use PVA glue. Decorative pins are good for thick wallpaper, cork, textile, and other complex substrates.
8. Openwork butterflies on a substrate
This is one of the variations of multi-layer butterflies, for which you will need a denser cardboard base and a light airy openwork top. The base is simply cut along the contour of the stencil, and cut the upper part with a clerical knife. Contrasting colors or different textures look very unusual: for example, a smooth gray base and silver openwork wings.
9. Butterflies made of polymer clay
From several packs of polymer clay and cookie cutters, you get excellent decorative butterflies. Roll out the plastic and cut out the blanks, like gingerbread cookies from dough. Make a few small holes in the center so that you can then attach the butterflies to the wall.
Bend the wings in different directions and at different angles, but keep in mind that when solidified, they will straighten out a little. The temperature and baking time are indicated on the polymer clay packaging - follow the manufacturer's instructions. It remains only to color the crafts after they are completely dry.
10. The curtain of butterflies
Do you want to stain the wall with glue and do not like the decor, which cannot be easily removed? Then you can use a curtain of butterflies that can be neatly attached to a cornice, shelf, painting, or any other base. Cut more different butterflies to your taste, prepare beads and other jewelry and string it all into a thin but strong thread - you're done!