Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Butterfly Mobile

How lovely are these butterfly mobiles Carey B made for her Butterfly Garden for Avery Party. They are so delicate and beautiful...

I asked Carey how she made them and she generously put together this DIY tutorial. Thank you, Carey!

Supplies:

  • Wreath - mine was a 12" from The Dollar tree
  • Fishing Line
  • Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Greenery
  • Scissors
  • Die Cut Shapes in various sizes
  • Double Sided Tape or Glue Dots
(All instructions and measurements are for a 12" wreath)

Step 1:

Wrap wreath with greenery (18") and ribbon (60") as desired.

Step 2:

Cut 32 small die cut butterflies and 32 medium die cut butterflies. (If you don't have a die cut machine you can trace shapes using cookie cutters or print a shape from Microsoft clipart.)

Cut 4 strands of 22" long fishing line.

Using double sided tape or glue dots stick coordinating front and back of each shaped butterfly to the 22" long strand of fishing wire.  Start your top set of butterflies 5" from the top.

Alternate one small set with one medium set or whatever pattern you choose. I used 2 sets of each size on a strand.

Only place glue in the "body" portion of the butterfly so that you can separate the wings into 3-D form. You will create 4 strands.

Step 3:

Cut 24 pieces of tulle - 20" long and 5" wide.

Using 3 pieces of tulle, I made 8 mini poms using the accordion fold tissue paper pom technique. But I have since discovered there are easier ways to make them as shown on Once Wed. Lesson learned for next time!

Step 4:

Tie 2 poms to a 18" strand of fishing line leaving space in between to tie a coordinating bow. Also leave 3-5" of space from the top so you have room to tie the strand onto the wreath. You will create 4 strands.

Step 5:

Tie your four strands with butterflies and your four strands with poms around the wreath. I alternated the strands and tied at various heights. Trim the fishing line at the top.

Step 6:

Cut 4 strands of ribbon at 24" length to tie onto the wreath for hanging. Tie each ribbon onto the wreath...space evenly.

Step 7:

This is where it gets a bit tricky for me. Grab all four of the ribbons you just tied on and gather them together above the wreath. The wreath will be hanging below you.

Tie those four ribbons in a knot at the top once you have it balanced where all sides are hanging even. I have to stand to do this and I find an extra set of eyes is  helpful to make sure I have all sides even.

Step 8:

Hang from the ceiling with a hook or I simply used a push pin since I knew it would be coming down in a few hours.

Enjoy! I am happy to help with any questions. So many possibilities with Easter right around the corner.

Thank you again, Carey, for putting this tutorial together!

To learn more about Carey and read about all her crafting and party planning adventures, please check out her blog, With Joy, and also check out her other gorgeous parties on our site including her out of this world butterfly garden party.

If you make a mobile for your next party, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty.com. I'd love to show it off!

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Nicole @ Tradewind Tiaras says...

@ 09:56 on Apr 04, 2011

Love it! Stowing away this idea for my daughter's upcoming 2nd birthday--with a butterfly theme, of course!

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Paty says...

@ 06:54 on Apr 05, 2011

how cute... and lovely...

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Anna @ Around My Table says...

@ 19:38 on Apr 06, 2011

That's so nice of you to share this tutorial. it's lovely and so easy. I'm sure I'll use this one day!

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vanesa says...

@ 09:49 on Apr 15, 2011

OH MY GOD... so cute and girly... i really enjoyed it and my daughter too!! Lot of love from Argentina! I follow you!! Vane.

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Cari says...

@ 20:28 on Apr 29, 2011

LOVE this! Featuring it today!

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sassy says...

@ 12:51 on May 29, 2012

this is so very pretty and I love butterflies, I think this will be a very needed item decor in my home. wish me luck, thanks for sharing.

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Linda W says...

@ 23:33 on Mar 21, 2013

I just love Butterflies, This is a must do! Thank you for sharing creativity! x

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Clara D says...

@ 22:07 on Mar 28, 2013

Thanks so much for sharing! Beautiful! Stunning! I just am delighted to have this pinned to my board and can't wait to use it. Probably multiple times in many different styles!

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