55 Beautiful Butterfly Craft Ideas

Updated on March 5, 2020
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Butterfly crafts are suitable for any time of year, but we seem to associate them more with spring and Easter. That's probably because we consider butterflies the symbol of new life.

I've searched the web to find what I consider the nicest and most outstanding butterfly crafts for kids and for adults. In this article I will show you pictures of these outstanding butterfly crafts and give you the links to the sites that will tell you how to make the butterflies.

To make the cute little baby butterfly hair bows shown above, go to Make It & Love It.

1. Vintage Butterflies

You'll find these butterflies so super easy to make when you follow the instructions at sweet paul. Imagine all the ways you'll be able to use these butterflies. Consider gluing to a wire or skewer to make plant pokes or adding them to canvas art.

2. Butterfly Wreath

Welcome spring by making a beautiful butterfly wreath to impress your friends and family when they come to visit.

3. Butterfly Garland

Choose whatever color, or type of paper, that you want to make your butterfly garland. I really like the looks of the book page or newspaper print butterflies. Painting them with watercolor would be easy and give them a different look. You'll go to theguardian to find the instructions for this project.

4. Paper Mache Clay Butterfly

If you haven't made anything with paper mache clay yet, and would like to try it, this is a nice project to make. I've made Santas, turkeys and snowmen using the paper mache clay and this method is very addictive. To find out how to make the paper mache clay, and how to make this butterfly, go to Ultimate PAPER MACHE .


5. How to Make Feather Butterflies

6. Graphics Fairy Ornament

The Graphics Fairy is the site to go to for the tutorial to make this beautiful Christmas ball. They have so many free vintage images to download, that you'll be able to find many that you'll love. An outstanding project and site.


7. Butterflies Under Glass

A beautiful decorator piece that will look elegant all year round on your mantel or side table. Find the instructions for this project at Mark Montano.

8. Beaded Butterfly

This is a very easy project that I think it would make a cute arrangement or mobile for a babies room. Use any kind of bead as long as the chenille strip will thread through it----and that's a lot smaller than you imagine. Then use your babies room décor to decide on the colors. Real cute!! Go to indietutes for the instructions.

9. Butterfly Sun Catcher

Make these butterfly sun catchers to dress up your windows. Find the directions for this craft at, Kids & Glitter. These are beautiful.

10. Aluminum Can Butterflies

These unique tin butterflies, and a tutorial for making them, can be found at Instructables.

11. Monarch Butterfly Wings

Who knows when they may need butterfly wings for a class play, a party or Halloween. The tutorial at Buggy and Buddy shows how to make these felt wings.

12. Wind-Up Butterflies

Learn how you can make beautiful wind-up butterflies and find out what makes them fly.

13. Tie Dye Baby Wipes Butterflies

Tie dyed baby wipes are used to make these beautiful butterflies. Imagine all the different butterflies you could make using this method.

14. Paper Butterfllies

These butterflies are made with the colored pages from magazines. See how to make them by finding the instructions at ATOMIC SHRIMP.

15. Handmade Butterflies out of Flowers

16. Butterfly Suncatcher

This is a great project to do with kids. Very nice instructions and a pattern for the butterfly can be found at MIMIECO.CO.UK

17. Butterfly Art

Kids will get really involved when they make art using bow tie pasta to make beautiful butterfly art.

18. Butterfly Chandelier

A cute chandelier for a baby room or change the print and make it for a bathroom or a girls bedroom. Directions are at carina gardner.

19. Black and White Butterfly Wall Art

Add an elegant touch to any room with these beautiful butterflies. For directions go to the Curbly website.

20. Cute Paper Butterflies

Can you imagine the fun the kids would have making these cute paper butterflies? Templates are included. Even the littlest kids can make these.

21. Butterfly Ring

Even pre-schoolers will love making and wearing butterfly rings they've made themselves.

22. Butterfly Obelisk

The directions for this butterfly obelisk at Mark Montano even include the directions for making the obelisk from cardboard.

23. Butterfly Straws

Let's party! If you are planning a party, why not make these butterfly straws as part of the decorations or as an activity for the guests? Cute and easy to make. Find the directions at the GoodHousekeeping site.

24. Soda Can Butterfly Pin

Who would ever believe that this butterfly pin was made using a soda can? If you would like to make a butterfly pin like the one shown above, go to favecrafts for the tutorial.

25. Madame Butterfly

This is an easy craft project even for the little kids. For the directions, go to All Kids.

26. Clothespin & Coffee Filter Butterfly

Have your kids, at home or in the classroom, make a bunch of these, attach fishing string to them and hang them from the ceiling. I'd have them make both sides look like the top of the butterfly so as the butterflies turned, full butterflies would be seen. Made from clothespins and coffee filters. Get instructions by going to dollar store crafts.

27. Scrapbook Paper Butterflies

Check out any craft store to see how huge the variety of scrapbook papers there are. Pick out your favorite colors and prints and then use the directions found at All About Ashley to make many beautiful butterflies. Imagine a bevy of them strewn across one wall.

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28. Paperclip Butterflies

Quick and easy paperclip butterflies that you can find at How About Orange.

29. Crayola Butterfly

A beautiful butterfly that will be a great project for the family. If you want to make one of these butterflies, go to Crayola.

30. Butterfly Wreath

I'm sure you'll be able to imagine this butterfly wreath in your home. It would make a nice gift for the kids to make to give for Mother's day. The directions are at Buzy Bunny.

31. Fabric Butterfly Mobile

These are sewn fabric butterflies. Imagine all the different fabric prints that you could use for this project. Go to The Long Thread for the directions.

32. Crocheted Butterflies

These little butterflies are so easy to crochet, and there are so many, many ways to use them. Think about headbands, t-shirts, as a brooch, on a purse, and as a pendant, are just a few ideas. Go to Little Birdie Secrets for the pattern directions. Would be so cute on a baby blanket, cap, sweater, etc.

33. Butterfly Card

I think a couple of these made as a set would be beautiful pictures to hang on a young girls or a baby's room wall. I love the added touch of the button body. For the directions for this project, go to HomemadeGiftGuru.com.

34. Butterfly Snacks

How cute and appetizing do these little butterflies look. Go to Juggling With Kids for the directions.

35. Clay Butterfly Tags

Adding an antiqued clay butterfly tag to favors made for a wedding reception really dresses them up. I can see these used as a pendant or pin also.

36. Tulle and Clothespin Butterfly

Very pretty and simple butterfly. Go to Ben Franklin Crafts for the instructions.

37. TP Roll Butterfly

You could keep the little ones busy for quite some time gluing gems, sequins or buttons on this little butterfly. Go to the Busy Bee Kids Crafts site for the directions.

38. Butterfly T-shirt

You will be amazed at how easy this project is, and it'll make some little girl very happy. For the directions, go to My Craft Discovery.

39. Tissue Paper Butterfly

Think of all the different color combinations you can make using the many tissue paper colors. Find the directions for making this tissue paper butterfly craft at CRAFTS BY Amanda.

40. Glittery Butterfly Beaded Pin

41. Vintage Butterfly Doily

Adding a vintage doily enhances any décor. To make this outstanding doily, go to Free Vintage Crochet for the pattern.

42. Play Clay Butterfly

43. Fairy Butterfly Barrettes

These little butterflies are very easy to make as you'll see when you find the tutorial at Disney family. With all the beautiful ribbons available, you'll be able to make these cute barrettes for every outfit.

44. Butterfly Charm Bracelet

Making a beautiful butterfly charm bracelet for yourself or to give to a friend is easy to do if you follow the instructions given at favecrafts. Who wouldn't love to receive a gift like this?

45. Butterflies in Felt

Use felt colors that enhance your décor, and make these outstanding butterflies. Go to The Cultivated Nest for the instructions.

46. Fabric Origami Butterfly

When you go to Mollie MAKES you'll find a picture tutorial for making a folded fabric butterfly necklace.

47. Plastic Bottle Butterfly

It's great that the blog which has this project could be translated into English. Find the tutorial at Handmade by VS.

48. Beautiful Butterflies

Notice how the addition of white dots gives these butterflies an elegant look. Easy enough for a kid to make. Use these butterflies to decorate your home, school or office. Find the tutorial for making these beautiful butterflies at AgusYornet.

49. Brown Bag to Metal-look Butterfly

50. Butterfly Fan

Can you imagine how much fun the kids would have making these? I think they would be great to take along camping or to a game where you appreciate being able to make the air move a bit. For the directions for these nice little fans, go to firstpalette.

51. Kid's Edible Candy Butterflies

You'll really impress the kids with these edible butterflies. A cute idea to use for a classroom Valentine party. For the tutorial go to Mom ENDEAVORS.

52. Beaded Butterfly

Another great butterfly craft from the CRAFTS BY Amanda site. You'll find all the information you'll need to make these beaded butterflies there. Outstanding!

53. Colored Tissue Butterfly

A cute project using a toilet tissue roll and colored tissue papers on the wings of this butterfly. You can find the directions at thrifty fun.

54. Washi Tape Butterflies

A super easy craft to do with the little ones. Go to Artsy Momma for the directions.

55. Woven Craft Stick Butterflies

If you are looking for a cute craft to entertain little girls, this one should be a winner. Go to The Craft Train to find the tutorial.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Loraine Brummer

    Do you have a favorite butterfly quote?

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        RTalloni 

        12 months ago

        The butterfly mobiles are my favs, especially the fabric one.

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        Nicky Hunt 

        12 months ago from Manila, Philippines

        Thanks for the great ideas!

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        Celeste Wilson 

        19 months ago

        These are so cute. I tried to choose a favorite but I couldn't. Thank you for the inspiration.

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        kayyluh 

        4 years ago

        What cute craft ideas! I work at a daycare so I will definitely be using some of these for the little ones! :)

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        Doc_Holliday 

        6 years ago

        It's not just the kids who think that butterflies are a thing of beauty. I'll have to bookmark this lens to come back for the many ideas for kids crafts.

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        gods_grace_notes 

        6 years ago

        I love your great selection of butterfly ideas... I will certainly have to take a look at the sewing instructions for the butterflies in your intro module. Very creative!

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly" This became a new favorite quote for me because I had a child pass away and I have had to learn to live all over again.

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I've always thought that if a butterfly lands on you that it's a good sign and it sure makes you smile. I love the variety of crafts you've come up and am partial to the punch tin ones and the calendar and flolded butterflies....fun for everyone, when a butterfly smiles at you it has to be a good day!

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        TheWritingProdigy 

        7 years ago

        Love this lens!

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        kavalonthatsme 

        7 years ago

        *.(*..*).*Great Post.`..*(.*`*.)`*.

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        makorip lm 

        7 years ago

        I was fortunate to aquire a mounted rare butterfly collection that was also shipped to museums.Butterflies are great

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        Ibidii 

        7 years ago

        Oh Loraine - these butterfly'e are so cute I don't know where to begin! I will post the ones I make on my lens!

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        mj11769 

        7 years ago

        Very cute lenses..love the sun catcher:)

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        acreativethinker 

        7 years ago

        These are so cute and you have some really great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        really nyc

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Love your ideas... thanks for sharing.

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I don't know any butterfly quotes, but you have an amazing selection of beautiful butterfly crafts. Thanks for sharing!

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        indigomoth 

        7 years ago from New Zealand

        How gorgeous... the only butterfly quote I can think of off the top of my head is "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" which isn't quite appropriate :)

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        cricketlady 

        7 years ago

        I love the butterfly's under glass

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        dellgirl 

        7 years ago

        You have showcased some lovely butterflies here, these are so cute.

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        countsquid 

        7 years ago

        no i don't. butterflies are buttered flies?

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        countsquid 

        7 years ago

        no i don't. butterflies are buttered flies?

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        TwistedWiseman 

        7 years ago

        Like the wings of a butterfly :)

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Thank you so much for this info! It has helped me a lot and I have come up with great ideas! :)

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        SimonJay 

        7 years ago

        my sister got into crafting shes going to love these

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        Lee Hansen 

        7 years ago from Vermont

        Oh my goodness I don't know where to begin with all these adorable and easy butterfly crafts. I'll be choosing a couple to make with my granddaughter this month as we enjoy all the butterflies in my garden together.

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        Echo Phoenix 

        7 years ago

        I especially like the punched tin butterfly art, cannot wait to share this activity with my granddaughter:) thanks!

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Lots of great butterfly crafts! My kids would love these!

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        Mary Norton 

        7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I wish I can do crafts but with out mobile lifestyle, I stick to writing for now. I do miss it when I see these beautiful creations.

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        FallenAngel 483 

        7 years ago

        This is an excellent lens. I really like the variety of different craft ideas you have found. I would love to put a link to this lens on my lens about attracting butterflies if you don't mind.

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        Melissa Miotke 

        7 years ago from Arizona

        I love the tin butterflies!

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        Helene-Malmsio 

        7 years ago

        Oh boy, I just love butterflies, and now I have a ton of great ideas for how to make butterfly crafts to give and to keep - bookmarked this page for plenty of visits again soon!

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        Jen withFlash 

        7 years ago

        I don't have a favorite quote but wanted to say that I'm new here and I'm really enjoying all your great craft ideas!! Thanks!!

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        shahedashaikh 

        7 years ago

        I feel I am in a wonderful butterfly world. Beautiful lens.No fav quote.

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        Lori Green 

        7 years ago from Las Vegas

        Love Butterflies. Great lens

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        mattcut 

        7 years ago

        me and my 4 yr old girl Delilah Mae LOVE your lens ! Thanks !

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        Right when the caterpillar thought his life was coming to an end, he changed into a butterfly.

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        anonymous 

        7 years ago

        I love butterflies. I have a lot of them in my girls room. But I don't have a quote. I love your lens. It's great.

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        mary-humphrey 

        8 years ago

        my favorite quote about butterflies is something like when you try to hold something too tightly it will crush it like the wings of a butterfly...I can't remember it exactly...nice lens...I think the punched tin butterflies are my favorite

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        Little Linda Pinda 

        8 years ago from Florida

        The beaded butterfly and the butterfly card are my favorite crafts you have. I can't think of a quote.

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        Kathleen Hiler 

        8 years ago

        I enjoyed this lens..I have 2 grand daughters and will certainly try some of these!

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        glutenallergy 

        8 years ago

        Very nice! I'm looking for crafts my kids can do while school is out for the summer, and these are great options.

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        agoofyidea 

        8 years ago

        I love all these crafts. I couldn't pick just one. It would be fun to teach kids to make them. Awesome.

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        SimplyTonjia 

        8 years ago

        Cute lens. Thank you.

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        wilfredpadilla 

        8 years ago

        Best for kids!

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        flicker lm 

        8 years ago

        Beautiful designs! I love all wildlife, including butterflies.

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        RaintreeAnnie 

        8 years ago from UK

        I love butterflies and like all these craft ideas. Lovely page :)

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        petraskarja 

        8 years ago

        Omg, this is beautiful!! :)

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        dahlia369 

        8 years ago

        I love butterflies and couldn't decide which one of the craft projects on your lens was the most adorable... :)

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        TennesseeWoodShop 

        8 years ago

        cool ideas

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        bigjoe2121 

        8 years ago

        I'm not a big decorator, but I would TOTALLY put that butterfly wall art up in my house. I just love anything butterfly :) what a great lens :)

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        Gayle Dowell 

        8 years ago from Kansas

        I love these butterfly crafts. My favorite is the Butterflies under glass. Reminds me of 4-H entomology projects. Blessed.

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        mumsgather 

        8 years ago

        There's something about this little colorful fluttery creatures that just make kids love them. These butterfly crafts are lovely. Blessed.

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        anonymous 

        8 years ago

        Nice lens.

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        anonymous 

        8 years ago

        i like the Black and White Butterfly Wall Art

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        DonD LM 

        8 years ago

        These are beautiful and very lovely. You are very creative. Excellent work and lense.

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        goo2eyes lm 

        8 years ago

        i also wanted to write about the butterflies. thank you for sharing this beautiful lens.

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        Rose Jones 

        8 years ago

        Butterflies used to be called "flutterby's." Cute lens!

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        BlogsWriter 

        8 years ago

        These are such gorgeous ideas, I love butterflies - very beautiful.

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        Shorebirdie 

        8 years ago from San Diego, CA

        Very nice lens. Cute butterflies.

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        leeleon 

        8 years ago

        Nice butterfly quote. :)

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        opheliakeith lm 

        8 years ago

        Very creative ideas!

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        Close2Art LM 

        8 years ago

        Wonderful page, full of beauty, Blessed

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        LoKackl 

        8 years ago

        Adorable butterflys how-to! Blessed!

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        Mary Crowther 

        8 years ago from Havre de Grace

        I enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful butterfly crafts! So many creative ideas!

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        kathysart 

        8 years ago

        Beautiful lens.. I just love all the butterfly ideas, esp the black and white ones.. I think I might do that on a wall I love it so much! Blessed lens. QUOTE: Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments on the wing like mysterious butterflies, fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men.Giorgio de Chirico

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        Mona 

        8 years ago from Iowa

        So many cute ideas. A a child my room was covered in 3 dimensional hand-painted butterflies that my mom had made. Easily 30 or 40 of them. Was so very pretty. You've collected loads of fun ideas here. I really like the punched tin butterflies.

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        anonymous 

        8 years ago

        They are so pretty I am going to show this one to my daughter to keep her busy in the school holidays. Wonderful lens.

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        anonymous 

        8 years ago

        The instant recall is from Ali - "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee"! Very nice and pleasing to the eye!

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        John Dyhouse 

        8 years ago from UK

        Oops! Forgot to say I have blessed the lens for originality.

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        John Dyhouse 

        8 years ago from UK

        A very unique collection of links. Lots of ideas and something for everyone. Useful lens for crafters.

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        WriterJanis2 

        8 years ago

        Beautiful! You have something for all ages here. Blessed!

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        Vladimir 

        8 years ago from Australia

        I'm a well known social butterfly myself and I'm impressed with your range of butterfly crafts. I really like butterflies! (bit hard to catch though)

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        GenesisLabs 

        8 years ago

        Nice lens. This would make a nice project for young and old to work together on.

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        Marika 

        8 years ago from Cyprus

        Congrats on your 50th lens! Cool butterflies here, very uplifting. Blessed.

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