Create a beautiful DIY butterfly plant stake to add to your house plants. They also make a great addition to a planter or flower pot gift for someone special.
Today I am excited to share with you a simple and fun craft you can make with your cutting machine! These cute DIY butterfly plant stakes are a great way to jazz up a houseplant and they make a beautiful addition to plant gifts! Made with just a few supplies including craft plastic and wooden dowels, these plant stakes come together quickly.
At the end of the school year, we gifted our amazing teachers planters from Natural Life. They came with the sweetest saying on them “You Make the World A Better Place” – which couldn’t be more true! We had some truly wonderful teachers! We planted zinnias in the planters and then topped them off with two handmade plant stakes. The butterflies added a little whimsy and reminded me of how teachers help transform our children and help them grow.
Not only did I make butterflies for our teacher gifts, but I made a few extra for some of my houseplants at home. They are so colorful and bright I love them!
I have made larger versions of these butterflies before out of binder dividers that hang on our garden fence. This time I wanted to make smaller versions and try out a new product I found on Amazon, craft plastic. The plastic came in a bundle of 8 colors with the sheets of plastic measuring 11″ x 17″. My Cricut Explore cut through them well though I did have to experiment with the settings. The highest Posterboard setting worked for me and I was able to punch out all of the cut outs on the top butterfly without ripping or tearing the plastic.
Below is the tutorial and a quick video showing how I made these fun plants stakes!
How to make a Butterfly Plant Stake
- Plastic Art Sheets
- Butterfly cut file – I used “Small Butterfly, #MA7A34AB” from Cricut Design Space sized to 3.205″ x 2.14″.
- 12″ long Wooden dowels
- Sanding paper
- Acrylic paint – DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Lipstick and Apple Green DecoArt Patio Paint (this isn’t pictured)
- Hot glue
- Double-sided tape – I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape but you could also use hot glue.
- Cutting machine – I used my Cricut Explore
- Cutting mat
Step One: Prepare and paint the wooden dowels. Start by sanding one end of a wooden dowel so it is angled. This way when we glue the dowel to the back of the butterfly it won’t be facing straight up to the ceiling but will be tilted out so we can see it better.
Paint each dowel using acrylic paint and let dry. I did two coats of paint, letting them dry in a piece of styrofoam.
Step Two: Cut the butterflies and layer them together. Each butterfly plant stake is made with two butterflies. The top butterfly has a cut-out design. I found the butterfly cut file in Cricut Design Space (#MA7A34AB) and sized it down to about 3.25″ x 2″ (3.205″ x 2.14″ to be exact). I used the highest posterboard setting and had success cutting all the butterflies out.
Layer the two butterflies together. I used a small piece of 1/4″ wide Scor-Tape to attach my butterflies. You could also use a dab of hot glue.
Repeat for as many butterflies as you want to make. I made half of mine with red and yellow craft plastic and the others with blue and green craft plastic.
Step Three: Attach the butterflies to the wooden dowels. Use hot glue to attach the butterflies to the dowels. Since we sanded the dowels the butterflies will be at an angle!
The butterfly plant stakes are finished! Add them to your favorite houseplants or use them to gift a plant to someone special! :)