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


  • 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.


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.


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.


Melissa Howard February 22, 2010 at 5:38 am

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


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!


Tina February 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

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


Destri February 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

You always make me smile….happy monday!


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!


Jennifer February 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

I am so making this! Thank you!


Suzanne February 22, 2010 at 11:20 am

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


Dandy February 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Seriously gorgeous!


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 -


Destri February 23, 2010 at 8:40 am

We’ll be there!


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!


Miranda February 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

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


Destri February 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

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


Shasta February 22, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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


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!! :-)


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!


Destri February 25, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thank you, thank you!


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?


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.


Venetia Flowers February 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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


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!


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


Katie March 8, 2010 at 11:24 am

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


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!


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!


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 :)


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!


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!


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!!!!! :)


Destri May 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Send me a picture!


Shay April 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm

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


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.


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!


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


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!


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!


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!!


Erika July 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

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


Destri July 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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


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!


Destri September 13, 2011 at 5:07 am

Thanks so much Laura, let me know goes!


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.


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!!!


Meredith February 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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


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!


Destri April 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

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


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!


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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