DIY Butterfly Photo Backdrop

Here is the  first project and the original idea from my Mother’s Day Brunch post. First things first, for a beautiful party, nothing sets the stage better than a gorgeous backdrop. Butterflies for spring, yes please! Using this adorable Martha Stewart double butterfly punch, I made solid butterflies and lacy ones and layered them up.  With so many different combinations, the backdrop became so festive, fluttery and fun.
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With a range of card stock peaches, gold, plus some hand-dotted gold polka dot paper, I landed on just the right combo to make my heart sing! My neighbor’s darling girl loved exploring the butterflies. So pretty!
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Here’s to the original purpose of the backdrop, some mother-daughter portraits.  I just needed someone to take photos of me and my kiddos!
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DIY Butterfly Photo Backdrop

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Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Various paper in desired color palette
Martha Stewart Gold Twine
Gold Metallic Sharpie Paint Pen
:: Make some easy gold polka dot paper by dot, dot, dotting away with the tip of your paint pen.

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:: Punch up a good combination of colors and varieties of butterflies in the same tonal family.

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:: Use a needle and gold twine to thread the butterflies on multiple strands long enough to cover your desired back drop.  I alternately threaded them with the gold thread going over the center of the butterfly and under the center of the butterfly so the strand was more likely to hang straight. My twine pieces were six feet each. You can slide the butterflies up and down to allow flexibility in different hanging circumstances.

:: The process of hand sewing the butterflies pleased me immensely in the way that hand work always does. I bent some of the butterflies at the middle so that some had their wings wide open and some were more closed.  Hang each strand from another piece of twine! You’re all done.

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I adore a photo backdrop at a party because it allows for such pretty photos to share with your guests after the big day. If you’re really organized you could print them out right then and there. Add a frame like this and you’ve got perfect party favors. Oh, if only I had had more time!  Maybe I can do get a frame or two together in time for my neighbor, Kim’s, birthday.
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On a small side note, I love catching Allie in side braids like this. I always used to wear my hair like this. I remember two little hello kitty hair binders that were my favorite. I’m always so tender and enamored of these small things, like braids, with Allie because they take me back to my own childhood. Eight was great, wasn’t it? Do you have any favorite ages? hairstyles that bring you back?
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Almost as sweet, look at my pretty ranunculas and anemones. I love that I have an excuse to buy gorgeous flowers when I’m having a party. These flowers are just three separate grocery store bouquets put together in an arrangement. Definitely less expensive doing it that way. Here is a how to post on that from the other day.

If you want to see the overall Mother’s Day party all put together, here is the original post.

  1. Erica

    How absolutely adorable!!!! I am in love with this! I’ve started doing my own mini photoshoots for my kiddos since they never cooperate when I spend the money on a photographer – this will be AMAZING for Em’s 4 year old pictures! I love how fancy it looks, but is really simple to do. Thank you for sharing such a “doable” project! I’m so excited!!

    • Thanks Erica! They charmed me too. What a great idea to do your own photo shoots. These will be perfect for that! Enjoy!

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  3. Monica

    Hmmmm, I could use some family portraits too!

  4. Melissa

    Did you use glue to keep the layered butterflies together? Or are the solid and lacy just held together and sewn through?

    • I didn’t glue them together. The layers are sewn together only. I liked having them separate at the wings.

  5. efua

    what if you don’t have a butterfly cutter

    • Hi Efua, Thanks so much for asking! If you don’t have a butterfly cutter, I would look up “butterfly silhouette” in an internet browser and look at the images. Find one you like. Print it out at your desired size. Cut it out. Trace it onto a stiff paperboard (like a cereal box or the like. Cut out the template. Then, use your butterfly template to trace butterflies on to the decorative paper of your choice. Use a regular scissors to cut the butterflies out and then follow the directions about stringing. For variety, create a few different butterfly templates.

  6. efua

    how would you design it.

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