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DIY Butterfly Plant Stakes for House Plants

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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. 

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Colorful butterfly plant stakes made from craft plastic and a cutting machine are in a houseplant.

Hello Crafty Friends! 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 this past year! We planted zinnias in the planters and then topped them off with two handmade plant stakes. The butterflies added a little bit of whimsy and reminded me of how teachers help transform our children and help them grow. 

House plant gift pot with zinnias and handmade butterfly plant stakes.

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!

Colorful and bright butterfly plant stake is in a snake plant.

Butterfly plant stakes are in a house plant.

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 craft plastic came in a bundle of 8 colors with the sheets of plastic measuring 11″ x 17″.

My Cricut Explore cut through the plastic 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 without ripping or tearing the plastic.

Red and yellow butterflies along with green and blue butterflies are arranged on a wooden surface.

Below is the tutorial and a quick video showing how I made these fun plants stakes!

How to make a Butterfly Plant Stake

Supplies Needed:

Supplies needed for butterfly plant stake

Step by Step Tutorial

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.

A dowel is rubbed against sand paper.

The ends of two wooden dowels are shown, one has been sanded at an angle.

Paint each dowel using acrylic paint and let dry. I did two coats of paint, letting them dry in a piece of styrofoam.

Painted dowels 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.

View of the butterfly cut file in Cricut Design Space.

A yellow butterfly and a red butterfly with a cut out design lay next to each other.

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.

A yellow butterfly and a red butterfly with a cut out design lay next to each other, double-sided tape is on the back of the red one.

A red and yellow butterfly made from craft plastic.

Red and yellow butterflies made from craft plastic are arranged on a wooden surface.

Red and yellow butterflies made from craft plastic are arranged on a wooden surface.

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.

Painted wooden dowels and butterflies lay on a wooden surface.

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.

A red wooden dowel is glued to the back of a red and yellow butterfly.

Close up picture of a red and yellow butterfly plant stake.

The butterfly plant stakes are finished! Add them to your favorite houseplants or use them to gift a plant to someone special! :) I love creating flower pots and vases, especially as centerpieces and gifts. Check out my collection of DIY Flower Pots for more fun ideas.

DIY Butterfly Plant Stakes for House Plants

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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