Handmade Butterfly Chandelier

by Destri on February 21, 2010

My sister had her eye on a Butterfly Chandelier for her new baby girl, and I chirped in with “oh don’t buy that, I can make one”.  Well three months after the arrival of sweet Bella I still had not made it and decided I would just buy one, only to find it was sold out.  So down to the local craft store I went to conquer Bella’s butterfly mobile, and I am so glad I did because it turned out so cute.  Here’s the how to:

Butterfly Chandelier

Supplies:

  • Large Ring – I bought a 19″ macrame ring
  • Large butterfly paper punch, or any shape you want
  • Sturdy paper (I used a shimmery white card stock)
  • Invisible thread
  • Jewelry wire
  • Wire cutters
  • needle

Start by wrapping two pieces of the jewelery wire around the ring, forming an + as shown.  Once you have them on you can tighten and straighten them.

I used 10 pieces of 8.5 x 11 card stock to punch out enough butterflies (144), but the amount you use will depend on the size of your ring and punch.  First I will explain the measurements then explain the assembly.

  • 16 threads on the perimeter of the ring all measuring 12 inches long.  These all had 4 butterflies.
  • 4 threads for the first row in measuring 15 inches long.  These all had 5 butterflies.
  • 4 threads for the second row in measuring 18 inches long.  These all had 6 butterflies.
  • 4 threads for the third row in measuring 21 inches long.  These all had 7 butterflies.
  • 1 thread for the center measuring 24 inches long. This had 8 butterflies.

If your ring is bigger, I would add an inch to all these measurements for every inch it is bigger, and vice versa if it is smaller.  I wouldn’t add more butterflies, just space them a little more, or vice versa.

To thread the butterflies you will want to take each thread and tie a tight triple knot at the bottom.  Then thread a butterfly on with the needle so it falls onto the knot. Moving onto the next butterfly you will want to tie a loose knot (you need it loose so that the knot cannot slip through the hole from the needle) about 2½ inches from the first knot and then thread another butterfly that will rest on the knot, and so on, until you reach the final butterfly which should be about 3 inches from the end of the thread leaving room to tie it to the ring.  I tied them on as I went and ended with the center.

Then I tied three very long pieces of thread to opposing sides of the ring for a way to hang it.  I tied a final knot with the three long threads about a foot and a half from the chandelier to stabilize it, and used the remaining length to hang it.

It took me the length of a movie to make and only a few “what have I gotten myself into” sighs, before I was looking at a whimsical little creation.  I then took it to sweet Bella and told her I had better see it hanging in her dorm room one day.

I hope these instructions made sense, if you have any questions leave them in the comments and I will answer them there.

**update***  Here is a link to the butterfly punch I used for this project, I found mine at Roberts Crafts and used a half off coupon.

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Hannah Craner February 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Very cute!!! I love it.

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Helen February 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm

WOW that is something else. Should make one for a gift, but not sure I’m up to it. We’ll see! Hoping to head to Vancouver this week to take part in the FREE stuff and soak up the street excitement.

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Destri February 22, 2010 at 6:19 am

Oh Helen I am jealous, have fun! And don’t let this intimidate you it is easy, just takes a little time.

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Melissa Howard February 22, 2010 at 5:38 am

Simple and effective and I love the use of the punch to make it simpler…

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Destri February 23, 2010 at 8:41 am

Yeah, I almost cut them out by hand…..I think that would have put me over the edge as far as of it being worth it!

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Tina February 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

Craft goddess….you never cease to amaze me! Happy Monday. I love the butterflies!

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Destri February 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

You always make me smile….happy monday!

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Cheryl February 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

This is gorgeous & I’ll bet my little girl would love one of these. Definitely adding to my have-to-make list!

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Jennifer February 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

I am so making this! Thank you!

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Suzanne February 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

What a fun project to do. Super cute idea Destri.

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Dandy February 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Seriously gorgeous!

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Lynette February 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

How sweete of you and it looks lovely – I would so want to see that in a dorm room too! Love the idea of a stamp punch thing – how creative!

If y’all get a chance or remember, I’m having an Easter Decor Day on 3-31 – stop by and check out the festivities, decorations and just plain fun (I hope – this is my first blogger party)!!

Happy Monday -

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Destri February 23, 2010 at 8:40 am

We’ll be there!

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Kami February 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I love it Destri! So cute! I have been wanting to make one of these for so long. Thank you for the tutorial!

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Miranda February 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Goodness that is cute! The butterfly punch + shiny white paper is perfect!

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Destri February 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I think colored paper would be a lot of fun too.

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Shasta February 22, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Bella loves her butterflies! Thanks little sis, it really is beautiful.

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Aubrey February 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm

You know I love it and you are helping me make it when I come to town!! :-)

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luvinthemommyhood February 24, 2010 at 9:01 am

Lovely! Just lovely! You did such a great job! thanks for sharing Destri! I added this to our “link luv roundup” today!
http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/02/link-luv-roundup_24.html

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Destri February 25, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thank you, thank you!

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Belinda February 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I used the luv in the mommy hood link to get to your fabulous chandelier. I have to make it. Is the punch readily available?

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Destri February 25, 2010 at 9:53 am

I bought mine at Roberts crafts and used a 50% off coupon because they run about $18. I believe you can buy one online, just make sure it is the large punch. They also accept competitors coupons…
Also scrapbook stores would have them I bet.

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Venetia Flowers February 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm

What brand is the punch? I have been looking everywhere for one.

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Destri February 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I bought mine at Roberts and it is a Marvy Uchida brand, I will see if I can find a link and add it to the post!

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Galimamphigouri February 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I love that!! I put a link and a photo (with your permission?) on my blog: http://galimamphigouric.canalblog.com

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Katie March 8, 2010 at 11:24 am

Oh! I LOVE it! I want one for my room!

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shannon March 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

this is great; I’m going to make something similar for my sis’ new baby but I will definitely spray paint the gold ring white. I am obsessed with white spray paint though :) thanks for sharing!

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elz March 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I found you through Ohdeedoh. This mobile is gorgeous and will be a perfect addition to my little girls’ room. Thanks!

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Heather March 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

So cute! I found you via Ohdeedoh today. I have had punched out butterflies setting in a pile with a gold ring and invisible thread since November. Isn’t that terrible! Definitely in the “what have I gotten myself into” phase (or season!) but you’ve given me hope :)

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One Cheap B*tch March 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

This is just soooo pretty! I’m going to be a great Aunt soon and this would look so perfect in my new niece’s bedroom!

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Little Birdie March 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

Wow! That is beautiful. I think I saw that too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on how to make one. That would go so well with the butterfly quilt I just made!

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Tammy April 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I just made this last night and it’s actually very easy!! I used pink and green cardstock and it turned out sooooo cute!!! Thank you so much! Your directions were perfect!!!!! :)

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Destri May 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Send me a picture!

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Shay April 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Saw one of these at Pottery Barn. They wanted $80!!!

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liz June 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Hey, wanted to say thanks for your pics. I saw the PBK one months ago and decided to try to replicate with a couple of new ideas from a friend (silk butterflies instead of paper). I took a few of your measurements and really appreciated the help!

I have a couple of pics, but not sure how to post.

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Destri June 7, 2010 at 5:46 am

You’re welcome, I am glad they helped. Silk? I bet it turned out great! Email them! I would love to share!

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Cindy June 13, 2010 at 7:42 am

Were do you buy the shimmery card stock ? Can not find it only on line with 8.00
shipping

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Gaby July 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

This is so creative. I’m trying to redo my little girls room for her birthday and I want butterflyies because they are her favorite. This is soething I will be putting in her room and its not too expensive. Thanx! If anybody has any other ideas, please email me!

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Marissa Brueshaber October 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I found shimery / glittery cardstock at my local AC Moore craft store yesturday! It would work great for this!

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Ashley Leighty January 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

I made this for my son’s teacher. We had the kids punch out the butterflies at her baby shower, then I took them home and finished the mobile. I spray painted my hoop silver instead of gold, and put a swarovski crystal beneath each butterfly (that way I didn’t have to worry about tying the knots). If she sends me a picture of it hung in the baby’s room I’ll post it for you to see. It looks so pretty, thanks for your awesome instructions!!

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Erika July 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

You will need 144 butterflies (Not 107) to make this mobile…

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Destri July 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

You are correct. Thanks so much for letting us know :)

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Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life September 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I love this. It would look great in my daughter’s room. After I finish the other projects I have for her room, this one is next!

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Destri September 13, 2011 at 5:07 am

Thanks so much Laura, let me know goes!

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Symphony November 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Just wondering what size the butterflies are. I know you said it was the large punch, but I will be using my cricut and wasn’t sure which size to cut on…thank you in advance.

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Donnetta February 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

I am making this for my sister. She is having a new baby any day now and we are going to use it for the mobile. I am SO excited about finding this!!!

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Meredith February 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Thank you for idea! I’m making this with music notes for my little opera singer.

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Amy March 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I am making one with lavendar paper~I wanted some shimmer so I just spray painted the paper with glitter spray paint. Looks great! Thanks for the idea!

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Destri April 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

Oh that sounds great! Let me know how it goes!

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Kala March 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Love this! Going to make it for my little girl, I think I’ll use a Silhouette to cut out all the butterflies, just to save a little time. I also love the idea of using crystals between each butterfly, that would add a little sparkle!

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Destri March 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

OH that sounds pretty! Send me a picture if you get a chance!

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