With Earth Day around the corner, I’m excited to share this DIY paper butterfly tree that’s made from recyclable materials or items you may already have around your home. Creating beautiful home decor doesn’t have to be expensive, but sometimes requires a little imagination…and a walk around your yard!
- Paper Butterfly Layering Punch
- Recyclable Paper (Magazines, Newspaper, Old Books, Etc.)
- Sticks or Branches
- Hot Glue Gun
- Galvanized Metal Pail
- Floral Spanish Moss Filler
Begin your DIY paper butterfly tree by collecting recyclable paper in fun springy colors. I went through a few magazines and pulled pages with the brightest colors, but newspapers or book pages would be great too. Then, using a butterfly paper punch, punch out a bunch of little butterflies. This would be a great job for kids to get them involved in the project. This particular paper punch has three different butterfly shapes, which adds even more interest to the project.
For the tree, I used a large branch and covered it in butterflies. Then, I stuck it in a bucket filled with wadded up magazine pages to hold the tree in place. I happened to have some moss on hand, so I added it to the top of the bucket. It looks just as fun without, though. I’m loving the subtle pop of color on my otherwise neutral mantel.
Another way you could use the DIY paper butterfly cutouts would be to decorate a spring wreath with them, just like this DIY butterfly wreath.
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Ariean is the creative mind behind the blog OneKriegerChick.com. She is a former high school teacher turned SAHM to three fun and crazy little boys. A country girl at heart, she enjoys treasure hunting for good junk and transforming it into unique home decor. You’ll often find her creating the day away with a cup of coffee in hand. Head over to One Krieger Chick and see what she’s up to today!