Hanging Felt Butterfly Decoration for Halloween

Love butterfly crafts? Why not make some fun no-sew hanging butterflies as decorations for Halloween. Make one larger statement piece or make lots in smaller sizes to dot around a room.

I've made this hanging butterfly in a bright pumpkin orange felt fabric overlapped onto dark gray with a black body section. Also try combinations with purple and green wings for colors that work well with this occasion.

This makes for a fun hanging decoration that can be suspended from a ceiling or archway as if in flight or hung flat down a wall. They also make great motifs too for other craft projects. 

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Hanging Felt Butterfly Decoration to Make for Halloween

DIY Craft Hanging Felt Halloween Butterfly

You may have your own stencil or template to use or you may even have a craft cutter that can produce something similar and cut onto felt fabric for you.

🎃 I have the Free Printable Butterfly Silhouette Template Here

And, if you don't know how to turn it into a stencil template that you can use to trace around, I also have a separate tutorial on that: Make This Butterfly Stencil Template

Orange craft felt sheets with template and water soluble fabric marker pens

Materials and Tools You Need:

  • Your Butterfly Template or Stencil (link to free printable above)
  • Felt Fabric Sheets (I used 2 orange, 2 dark gray and a small piece of black)
  • Water soluble fabric marker pens
  • Fabric scissors
  • Aleenes Tacky Glue or similar
  • String to hang - I used clear fishing line

Orange felt sheets with traced butterfly design

Trace around the stencil, one side then the other, along the edge of felt sheets

Step 1: My stencil was large so I traced around one side onto one sheet of orange felt fabric and then flipped it over horizontally and traced around the other side onto another sheet using water soluble fabric marker pens.

If you have a larger piece of felt (probably cut from a roll) then you can trace the whole design onto a single piece. You can do it either way since the black body section covers over the join if you need to cut from two separate sheets.

Small fabric scissors to cut the felt material

Cut out the inner design sections on the butterfly

Step 2: I love felt for this project because you can easily cut out the inner detail pieces on the wings of the butterfly with a small and sharp pair of scissors. I use small and sharp embroidery scissors to cut away the inside patterns.

Orange butterfly wings and craft scissors

Both wing pieces are fully cut out

Step 3: Here's both wings when all the insides have been cut away and the outside edges of the wings have been cut too.

The cutting is the most time consuming part of the project but it gives such a cool stencil effect when you layer it over a contrasting piece of felt or fabric.

Tacky glue to stick felt fabric pieces together

Layer each wing over some contrasting felt and glue in place

Step 4: I find that Aleenes Tacky Glue is particularly good for gluing felt onto felt fabric or you can try using a white PVA based glue instead. Put some into a container and mix just a little water with it to make it easier to spread.

Then smear the glue over the back of each wing piece and stick them down onto a contrasting color. I used a dark gray felt which works well with the orange. Once dry, you can cut around the wings to trim the excess gray felt off.

Black, gray and orange Halloween style butterfly design

Add the black body section over the middle to cover the join of the wings

Step 5: Cut a body section for the butterfly with a piece of black felt. Align both the wing pieces up and glue the body over the top.

If you are concerned that this will not be enough to hold both wing pieces together in place, you can stitch or hand sew the join at the back or glue another black body section at the back to strengthen the whole design.

If you use some clear fishing line or a transparent cord, you can attach this at the back of your butterfly decoration and hang it up giving the appearance that it is just floating in air. The clear cording is extremely hard to see and fishing line is pretty strong too.

You can also decorate your design further although I liked just the contrast of the different felt colors. Instead of felt you could also try craft foam or paper. I hope you've enjoyed reading my justhalloweencrafts page today, thanks for your visit. Let me know if you make any!

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