Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House showed us how to make a cute swimsuit coverup, and she shared the Sydney Pinafore and Spring Bird Embroidery. Today she has a no-sew project for you to work on with your favorite fabric scraps. This would be a fun project to do with kids! Looking for another no-sew fabric wall art project? Do you really love butterflies? We have more, related projects for you!

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Hey Sew Mama Sew readers! My name is Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House and I am thrilled to be back with another tutorial for you guys. I have so many scrap fabrics (don’t we all?) and I am always trying to find ways to use them up. Today, I want to share how I created this cute Butterfly Wall Art for my daughter’s room!

A little while back, I made some super fun butterfly accessories for my daughter Ainsley. (Read that tutorial here.)

While I was cutting out all the butterfly shapes, I realized that it would be easy to turn it into some wall art for her room!


  • Scrap fabric
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Stiffener spray or starch
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Shadow box lined with scrapbook paper
  • Butterfly template (use the smallest size)

Using the template I provided, cut out several butterfly shapes out of fabric. I used multiple fabrics for a variety of color.

Bend your piece of cardboard in half, creating a tent. Cover the tent with plastic wrap.

Lay each of your butterflies face down on the tent and drench them with either the spray starch or the stiffening spray.

Let them dry for a few hours or until they are stiff, then crease them in the center.

Now, heat up your glue gun and grab your shadow box. I lined my shadow box with a pretty blue scrapbook paper.

Determine where you want your butterflies to be. I wanted mine to be three across and three down, but yours might be different if you have a larger or smaller shadowbox.

Begin gluing the butterflies down accordingly.

Be sure you only dab the glue into the center of the butterfly so that the wings are still 3-D.

Once they are all glued down, you can adjust their wings as necessary. Because of the starch/stiffening spray, the wings will remain up and create a lovely design.

Place the glass back on your shadowbox and enjoy!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer (or winter if you are in the opposite hemisphere)!