Spring, that annual period of transformation. So, I thought it’s time to work with a symbol that marks ‘transformation’ like no other symbol does: the butterfly. We ALL need butterflies. To create ‘how to’s for my craft readers, I’ve collected and developed ideas and free craft tutorials, stencils, templates, plus other design tools~ of use for a range of crafts from embroideries to art journals.
Be inspired and create a magnificent transformation in your life, through art. Here are lots of ideas, but I’d like to see your projects as well! Surprise me!
Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: CROCHET BUTTERFLY
This is my latest creation:
Butterfly Granny Square Crochet Pattern (The first 35 copies of the pattern were free. It’s now available for just a few dollars.)
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: QUILTING WITH FABRIC
Free Sampler Quilt Workshop
Photo credit: Oneluckyday.net
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: ORIGAMI
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: PAPER CRAFT
Pop-up cards, stamping, quilling, scrapbooking… and more:
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: ART JOURNAL WITH BUTTERFLIES
- Mixed media painting/collage (image just shared for inspiration – no pattern).
- Unique butterfly stamp – tool for purchase
- Contemporary Butterfly tree (image just shared for inspiration – no pattern).
Since personal journals are all about personal transformation, I believe that butterflies are the perfect embellishment for regular or art journal covers.
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: DRAWING
Three ideas on how to draw a butterfly and make a beautiful design! Combine them and you’ve got a personal winning design.
- Draw & paint a butterfly as seen from its most common angle – free tutorial
- How to Draw a Butterfly at an angle – free tutorial
- Pablo Picasso’s stylized butterfly drawing – for inspiration/purchase
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: BUTTERFLY CRAFTS FOR KIDS
Years ago I made this Butterfly Zipper Brooch when visiting my mom. She used to be a seamstress and had tons of ‘rescued’ zippers from old pants. I gave this one a new life by shaping it into a butterfly and using it as a butterfly brooch.
Caterpillar design project that trains the fine-motor skills of 5 year old. Helps with coordination, and useful as a pre-butterfly making exercise to learn the process of transformation. Can be embellished or simplified to adjust to time availability and age group. (see image below)
Butterfly wing – face painting – free video tutorial (beautiful)
Tip: The package of freebies that you’ll receive when you sign up for our newsletter (see top right of page for newsletter signup details) includes an illustrated butterfly lesson plan for children.
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: EMBROIDERED
Embroidered butterfly by paint-by-threads.com (No pattern, I’m just sharing this image for inspiration.)
Fun butterfly purse. Fun idea for teachers, for a term textiles project?
Free Butterfly Craft Ideas & Tutorials: PAINTING
Andy Warhol used to be an illustrator before he became famous for his bright colored prints. Here are three of his works, as inspiration. You can buy any of these online here: Andy Warhol’s 3 painting styles of butterf ies