DIY Fabric Butterflies

I’ve been deciding on what to do decor-wise in our baby nook and I’ve, of course, seen the oodles of wall decals on the market specifically for nurseries. Since we have limited space, and I’m trying to spend money wisely, most of the ones I’ve seen don’t work—even though I love the look of them.

On Friday, I had a burst of inspiration and motivation when I realized that I could make an approximate version of a fabric decal myself. My plan:

1. To use fabric from my stash and to back it with the bit of iron-on fusible web that I also had hanging out in the basement.

2. Trace butterfly stencils (once I confirmed that butterflies were agreeable with the husband) onto the fabric and cut them out.

3. Figure out a way to adhere them to the wall.

This basic plan worked really well. I picked out three of my favorite fabrics—two Liberty prints (one that I used to decorate the trees behind our wedding ceremony, another that I used for one of my favorite skirts, and another that I used in a quilt for a friend’s baby) and one voile from Anna Maria Horner—and got to work. I had three butterfly sizes and spent some of Friday night and part of Saturday morning tracing and cutting. All in all, the assortment probably took 90 minutes to 2 hours, and I love how they turned out. Since they will likely be somewhat temporary, I’ll probably just use tape or some tack to hold them up.

I hope the baby likes them!

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  1. Kate
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Love this! We used decals from Blik because they’re removable (and have made it through two apartments now), but this is a great idea.

  2. Janice M
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Permalink
    • amy
      Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

      Yes! Great minds!!

  3. Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    What a great idea, Amy! Those are going to look so cute up on the wall. Maybe command strips for sticking them up?

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