Butterfly in a Jar: How does It Work + DIY Butterfly Decorations to Brighten up Your Place!

by Anjelina

Butterflies are those wonderful creatures that once you see them, they can brighten up your day and make you think about the beauty of life and nature. Along with their amazing patterns and colors, their frivolous flight seems to make us all dream of a more magical and better world. This is why people love to draw them, describe them in words and generally use them for inspiration when they create. A very interesting product has appeared on the market that is adored by both children and adults – the electronic butterfly in a jar. In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at what makes this toy so unique, how it works and give you some DIY suggestions for butterfly decorations. So if you love butterflies, keep reading!

How does Butterfly in a Jar Work?

The first thing to mention is that the makers of this unique product use realistic looking butterflies, but they are not real! There are batteries on the lid of the jar, and inside it is the beautiful insect, powered by a tiny wire that is barely noticeable. On contact with the jar (tapping) or loud music (vibrations), the butterfly starts to move just like a real one.

DIY Butterfly Decorations

butterfly hand yellow background

We will give you some great suggestions for butterfly decorations to beautify your home, bring a touch of magic, and also make everyone who looks at them smile. We’ve included a few butterfly in a jar ideas that you can try making yourself, as well as a few other easy decorations that will also brighten up the space in your home. Let’s get started!

How to Make a Butterfly?

We’ll start with some ideas on how to make butterflies, which you can then incorporate into various DIY projects and decorations. You can actually use a variety of materials to make your cute insects. All you need is a template, which you will find below and can download for free, and the material you will use to make the butterflies depends entirely on your preferences. We will give you some ideas, of course.

Butterflies – free template

free template butterfly outline


Paper or cardboard

paper butterflies how to make

Make beautiful butterflies from paper or cardboard. Use the template we have shared with you. Print it out and cut according to the outline. You can use acrylic paints or colored pencils to make your butterflies even more beautiful. Experiment and have fun! Then you can incorporate them into some of the DIY projects we’ll share below!

You can even use old newspapers

butterflies made of newspaper creative idea

Drink cans

drink cans used for making butterflies

Use drink cans for your flying beauties. Carefully cut off the bottom and lid and use the soft tin, on which you need to outline a beautiful butterfly. Cut it out carefully and color it in with felt pens or markers.


butterflies made from fabric cute idea to try

Another material from which you can cut some cute butterflies is fabric. If you have an old t-shirt that you won’t wear anymore, you can use it, for example, why not? Choose a pattern you like, outline and cut butterflies out of the fabric.

Easy DIY Butterfly in a Jar

butterfly in a jar diy idea for home decor

Turn the empty glass jars we know you keep somewhere in your home into an amazing magical butterfly oasis that will be a great decoration in your interior. Here’s what you need:

  • а glass jar
  • dry twigs
  • moss and other natural materials of your choice
  • butterflies (handmade or other)
  • hot glue gun


  1. Wash and dry the glass jar (if there are labels, remove them).
  2. Take a walk in a nearby park or forest and collect natural materials – twigs, moss, etc.
  3. Trim the twigs so that they fit in the jar.
  4. Use a hot glue gun to secure the butterfly to the twig.
  5. Arrange the bottom of the jar with the moss and other decorations you have chosen. Then carefully tuck the twigs in and close the jar.
  6. Optionally, you can add a piece of burlap before you close the lid, which will add even more of a rustic vibe.

Bell Jar Butterfly Terrarium

butterfly in a bell jar terrarium idea

Similar to the jar project we just shared, you can also make a terrarium. Focus on natural materials – choose and arrange them to look as natural as possible (as they would in nature, rather than chasing unnecessary symmetry). Add beautiful butterflies to bring a bit more opulence!

Cute Butterfly Wreath

minimalistic butterfly wreath diy easy idea

Make a beautiful minimalist wreath with butterflies and greenery. All you need is a wreath base, butterflies (you can use the ideas we shared for handmade butterflies above) and greenery or flowers of your choice. Use a hot glue gun to attach the decorations to the base, and finally use twine to hang the wreath on your front door. It’s so easy, and so spectacular, isn’t it?


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