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Mounted Butterfly

Butterfly - repic

This may seem like an odd project but I really love the feel of nature inside the house. I’ve been seeing a lot of the mounted butterflies, dragonflies, and other colorful beauties and, aside from the creepy factor, I really like them! I started really looking into them and found that the nicer ones can also be a bit pricey too. So, I started tinkering with creating a little watercolor butterfly magic of my own.

Butterfly 6

No butterflies were  injured in the making of this project! She’s made from a watercolor painting and given a little nudge to be a bit more fun!

Butterfly 10


I used the Ikea Ribba frame as a shadow box to put this together. I’ll post about that process a little later. (Here’s a ready made shadow box frame, if you prefer.) But to “mount” the butterfly start by printing and cutting out the file below. There are guidelines around the edges of the butterfly and a “mat” with the scientific name to attach it to. Mine is printed on bright white copy paper.

Cut a piece of heavy black thread (I used quilting thread) about 4-5 inches long. Put a know in either end and trim the excess. Using wax paper and a pencil to add dimension I Mod-podged the antennae to stiffen them. You can see here that I used a pin to hold the antennae down to foam board while it dries.

Butterfly Antennae

Let the antennae dry completely overnight. Pull them off of the wax paper very carefully, keeping the “V” shape intact. There will be some dried Mod-podge flakes still on the thread but you can use your fingers to smooth them down. Don’t pick it off as it will ruin the shape. Give a gentle fold, without creasing too much, to the butterfly. Then you’ll want to attach the base of the antennae “V” to the top of your butterfly using glue.

Butterfly Attached


Using Pop-dots, I attached the butterfly to the mat page. Now he’s ready to frame! Come see him featured on my new gallery wall here:

Butterfly in Gallery


Download the printable file here: Butterfly Mount

For shadowbox tutorial see HERE.

Linking up at Met Monday,


Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/03/2021 - 10:34 am

Thanks Christie! I’ll be there!

Christie - 03/02/2021 - 3:48 pm

This is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope you stop by to link up with us again this week. Remember the party starts tonight at 10pm!
Christie ~ Sparkles of Sunshine

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 02/18/2015 - 9:14 pm


Jesica - 02/18/2015 - 7:34 pm

I love how you added the antennae, it gives it such a whimsical liveliness! Those ribba frames are so versatile, I have a few sitting around here waiting for fun projects too 🙂

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 02/17/2015 - 2:23 pm

Thank you! I hope she enjoys it!

Debra (Eve Isle Studios) - 02/17/2015 - 2:10 pm

This is super cute! My daughter loves mounted butterflies. This would be a great project for her. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 01/30/2015 - 9:29 am

Thank you!!

Ginger - 01/29/2015 - 7:43 pm

It’s so pretty! And way cheaper than getting real butterfly specimen art. Love it! Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday.

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