Creating A Butterfly Garden For Beauty And Peace Of Mind

Creating a butterfly garden is beneficial in several ways. If done properly, it provides a natural, healthy environment for butterflies, but it is also therapeutic for human consumption. And it need not be difficult nor stressful to accomplish.

Start your butterfly garden with a plan. Now, that does sound stressful, but the plan does not have to be a “21-day complete it or fail” exercise in futility. Just calmly consider how you can convert your available area into one that is inviting for butterflies. It can take a few weeks or years. It’s your plan, so don’t stress out over it, enjoy the process.

Creating a butterfly garden is definitely a process and a mindset. Each time you buy a plant, think about how it will fit into your landscape and if it will be an added attraction for your winged friends.

Butterflies are definitely attracted to certain areas, and you can transform your planting area to meet their needs by thinking through the kinds of plants and where those plants will be located.

Flowers that work best are those that have many blooms clustered together and are shallow so that nectar is close to the surface. Here are a few great plants that will bring quick results:

  • Brazilian Verbena
  • Purple Cone Flowers
  • Zinnias – all colors
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Milkweed
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Sedum
  • Salvia
  • Heliotrope

This list is certainly not exhaustive since there are many nectar producing flowers. Also, keep in mind that there are different species in different areas. It has everything to do with your climate and elevation. Find out what types of flowers are best for your particular area.

In addition to providing food for adults, you can also provide host plants for birthing and nurturing larvae. Again, the kinds of species in your area will dictate what host plants you should consider. Just know that if you are successful, the caterpillars will be very destructive to the host plant.

Two other ways to improve your chances of having frequent visitors are to have water and protection available. Water is best provided in very shallow pools or even simple puddles. Protection from wind and harsh elements can come in the form of a wooden fence next to your garden or an overhang on a shed or house.

One not so well know fact about butterfly feeding is that some are not nectar lovers. Instead, they feed on very ripe or rotting fruit or carrion. A plate of sliced bananas or papaya might be just the ticket for attracting some very beautiful creatures.

The whole process is quite therapeutic. Provide beauty in the form of attractive blooms and flowers and you will be able to enjoy them yourself. You can sit for long periods of time and watch as the butterflies and other insects browse each little nook and cranny for their nectar reward.

And don’t forget to have a camera handy so you can capture photos to view during less warm and beautiful seasons. Use the macro setting on your camera and you will discover some really interesting markings and body parts that are not usually seen.

Butterfly Art – Perfect Interior Decoration

Butterfly art is a very popular term in interior decoration, crafting, and certain other businesses. The creation of decorative items using butterflies is known as butterfly art. It can be printed photos, paintings, or pictures of butterflies. These can be hung in appropriate places to enhance the beauty of the rooms. These can be purchased online or from physical stores at varying prices, depending on the print size and type of the butterfly used in the art. As these arts require less maintenance and care, they can be placed for once and then forgotten. Still they will add to the beauty of your house or room.

This type of art was one such initiative. Some foundations or organizations which work towards the protection of butterflies hold the butterfly artworks on display. This will help the people see and understand the different varieties of butterflies in the world.

The artworks are often printed on to canvas and photos are available framed and without frames. There are a lot of online shops which offer these photos in preferred sizes. You can place your order for the required number of prints in the desired sizes. Printing the same photo in different sizes and preparing a collage or arranging them in order gives a good aesthetic appeal. This technique is being used for many types of decorations nowadays. Once you get your butterfly prints, you can arrange them roughly in a variety of designs and patterns and decide on the final arrangement.

Butterflies have often been described as a girly thing. But as butterfly artworks are available in a wide selection of girly and dull colours, it can be used to decorate your kid’s bedroom, living room, or even your office. You can choose a print which blends with the harmony of the room. If you intend to buy it for your kid’s room, you can choose a bit colourful one. Using the picture you can also teach you kid what a butterfly is and how to protect it from extinction. You can also buy butterfly houses to add to the beauty of the room. Or you can even place it outside, and encourage children to let butterflies stay and grow over there.

Butterflies exist in a wide variety of colours and designs. So before buying an artwork, you can gaze through the collections available and choose the best one. Some are available in rare colours and designs. This can be a real treasure to your butterfly art collection. And always buy the artworks from authentic sources.

Butterfly Garden Theme Bedrooms – Girl’s Room Design Tips

What little girl wouldn’t adore a pretty room filled with magical butterflies? A butterfly bedroom theme is simple to create and the possibilities are endless. It’s a perfect theme for a room to dream, play and grow in, inspiring little imaginations through the use of color, shape and form. This design of room very much appeals to me, as I believe that it is a soothing and relaxing environment, filled with meadows, soft colors, grass, butterflies, flowers, and whimsical objects. Although this is how I envision a butterfly room to be, there are many variations that can be created.

Before beginning a butterfly theme bedroom, it is a good idea to choose the bedding prior to the color of paint and accessories that will be incorporated. There are many butterfly quilts, comforters and bedding sets available in a wide variety of patterns. Most butterfly bedding is generally in soft pastels such as pale pink, yellow, purple or meadow green. Another option is to purchase a solid comforter or quilt set and add giant butterfly pillows, sheets and shams in butterfly print. Butterfly bedding is also available in brighter red, orange and yellow tones.

Once the bedding has been chosen, it’s time to select a wall paint color. I suggest bringing a pillow sham into the paint store with you when viewing samples. This ensures that the right shade of color will be used. Once the walls are painted, a butterfly theme wallpaper border can be added. Other options include butterfly wall stencils, murals, or hand-painted garden scenes with butterflies, bees, flowers, and a picket fence. For those not wanting to paint, you can also purchase stick on wall decals or wallpaper murals. A creative idea is to paint or apply a purchased mural of a beautiful garden scene and add a wood frame with shutters around it to depict a window.

Creative Design Ideas:

A picket fence really compliments the butterfly theme and helps to create a garden inspired feel to the room. There are several options available in creating a picket fence. You can use real fence posts painted white, hand paint a picket fence onto the wall, or apply a pasted vinyl cut-out of a fence. Silk vines and flowers can be incorporated. A trellis with soft arches can be used to run the length of a wall. One of the most compelling butterfly theme bedrooms that I have viewed had walls that were painted a sunny yellow color, where the yellow graduated in shade. A darker yellow paint was applied at the base of the wall, and became lighter in shade as it reached the ceiling. Real fence posts were painted white and attached section by section to the wall. A soft rose color wall paint was then applied behind the fence section only. Large paper flowers were wound around the posts. Faux-painted grass, butterflies and ladybugs were painted randomly throughout the scene. It created a very whimsical and soft look to the room.

There is a wide range of butterfly and garden theme art work and prints available. It is also very simple to create your own. You can cut out images from magazines or books, place them in frames and hang them on the wall or arrange in small groups on dressers and bookcases. There are many photo stock images that can be purchased for a minimal price online. Artists create vector images of all kinds of butterflies. They can be printed and framed. If you are familiar with Adobe Photoshop or a similar program, you can add your child’s name to the image, adjust colors, or simply combine several images. Dragonflies, butterflies, flowers, bumblebees and ladybugs are a great addition.

Nylon hanging butterflies can be attached to the ceiling or wall. You can purchase butterfly switch plates, lamps and stools. Little butterflies can be glued to an existing lampshade. Hang a clothesline and use clothespins to secure tiny doll dresses in pretty fabrics against a wall.

Classic white furniture looks wonderful with this theme. Be sure to choose dainty pieces that don’t compete with the delicate butterflies. Canopy beds or white metal beds are a wonderful feature. A sheer canopy can have butterflies randomly glued in place. Replace handles and knobs of furniture with butterfly theme hardware such as dainty porcelain with hand painted butterflies. You can decoupage butterflies onto a dresser or border around a mirror. Try hand painting a dresser, with the first drawer having a soft yellow background with roses applied, the second drawer background painted a soft pink with purple polka dots, and the third bottom drawer having a purple background with yellow butterflies painted on. Let fabrics, artwork and bedding inspire you.

A carpet in a soft grass green color or rosy pink that compliments the walls and bedding is a nice touch. A neutral color also blends in well and won’t detract from wall art and other decor.

You can purchase butterfly curtains, and butterfly tie-backs. I think that sheer white curtains fluttering in the breeze teamed with a gingham valence provides a stunning effect. You can purchase organza ribbon and glue small nylon butterflies where it ties, or randomly glue butterflies throughout the curtain. Floral patterns can also be incorporated.

I hope you have found these tips inspiring. Good luck creating your butterfly theme room!

Butterfly Candle Holders

Butterfly candle holders are easy to make and a great gift idea. The materials are very inexpensive, and you can use your imagination for a variety of designs. To get started, you will need:

Materials:

Small glass candle holders

Butterfly wrapping paper

Yellow tissue paper

Decoupage

Cuticle scissors

Small paintbrush

Damp paper towel

You can buy whatever glass candle holders you like (or use some you already have laying around). I bought mine at Walmart for about $0.59. You could also find them at thrift stores or yard sales.

I chose butterflies for my design, but you could choose whatever design you’d like–maybe keeping in mind the tastes of the person you’re making them for. You can cut out pictures from anywhere, including calendars, greeting cards, magazines. Thin paper decoupages best.

After you have some pictures in mind, use cuticle scissors (the kind you cut your fingernails with) to cut out the pictures. These scissors work best on small pictures and cut rounder corners than regular scissors. If you’re not going to use the pictures right away, store them in ziploc bags.

You can buy decoupage at any craft store. It is normally found with the glue. It allows you to permanently affix a picture to another object, giving the object an overall glossy effect. Make sure the glass you’re working with is clean. Tear a piece of tissue paper into small (approx. 1 inch) pieces. Using the paint brush, brush some decoupage on to the back of one of the pieces of tissue paper. Position the tissue paper on the glass and then brush some more decoupage on top of it. Continue gluing on pieces of tissue paper, overlapping at the edges, until the entire candle holder is covered (including the bottom–set the candle holder on its top to dry). Brush one last coat of decoupage over the entire candle holder. Use damp paper towel to wipe off any excess decoupage.

After the decoupage has dried for about an hour (or more), position the butterflies (or other pictures) on top of the tissue paper. First brush some decoupage on the backs of the pictures and place them on the glass. Brush another coat of decoupage over the entire glass and set the candle holder on its top to dry again. After the decoupage has dried, add 2 or 3 more coats of decoupage after each coat has dried.

That’s it! These candle holders are only limited by your imagination. Use different colors of tissue paper and a variety of pictures for different themes. You could make these with holiday themes, like for Christmas or Easter. They also make great birthday presents, hostess gifts, or party favors. They are very easy to make and you can make several of them at one time.

Photo of completed project:
http://www.crafty-moms.com/articles/102701a.shtml