Cupcake Liner Butterflies

You see butterflies everywhere these days. I’ve been thinking about making some special butterflies since last fall when we said good-bye to our precious friend, Grace.

When I saw Somerset Life’s ‘Cupcake Liner’ challenge I couldn’t help trying my hand at making some out of paper.  I took plain white cupcake liners, wooden clothespins, paint, glitter, ink, and some sparkly jewels and created some sweet butterfly clips.

For large butterflies I used 4 jumbo sized liners….

I folded them in half…

Folded them in half again…

Then I glued them together at the corners and glued the pairs overlapping like this…

You can add shape to the wings by cutting around the edges…

Sponging some ink at the outer edges adds a touch of color…

I painted the clothespins with soft acrylic colors (cuz I love to paint!) and sprinkled them with glitter…

A snip of natural twine works well for antennae…

I added some drops of glue to the ends and dipped them in glitter…

I took the painted clothespins, twine antennae, and some sparklies to create the body…

Be sure and glue the antennae onto the top of the clothespin. If you glue it on the back (like I did the first time) then you can’t see them when you clip them onto something…

And then I glued the clothespin in the center of the wings with craft glue…

A tiny ribbon flower on this one…

This one was made with jumbo liners on top and the mini-liners on bottom…

All sorts of materials can be used to decorate them…


Plain white is pretty too…

I made some baby butterflies using miniature clothespins and 2 mini-liners…

Here’s an example of one where I didn’t cut the liners at all…

A whole bunch of pretty flutterbys….




I love butterflies.  They are a symbol of freedom.

They are the symbol of children who lose their lives early to illness, like my baby boy will.  Whenever a child goes to heaven from Cockayne Syndrome we say they ‘grew their wings’ and are able to” fly free”.  It’s so sad and sweet at the same time.

Just this last fall, our precious little friend, Grace, grew her wings.  I’ve been so heart-sick I haven’t been able to post about it.  She was the first child to pass away that I had held and spent time with.  I love her and miss her being here. I wanted more visits to Morgan’s Wonderland with her and I wanted her mommy and daddy to have more time with her, too.  There is some comfort knowing that when my Knox grows his wings, she’ll be there in heaven waiting to play…they will run and jump and enjoy limitless freedom from this wretched disease.


I dedicate this post to the beautiful Grace Rose.  Grace, you will always be the most special girl to us, always in our hearts. Love you so much beautiful angel!





  1. Words fail me my sweet friend! I have always been In awe of your talent. You are one of the sweetest persons I know and you use your talent in amazing ways! I am so grateful to have you and your family in my life! I am so glad you got to know Grace and that we still have sweet Knox! This is an awful disease and I thank God every day for the support I receive from people affected by CS. There are no explanations why our sweet babies have CS but I feel blessed that I have you because of it! Thanks for remembering Grace Rose! Love you ! 🙂

    • Dearest friend we will always love Grace Rose, and remember her, and talk about her, and look forward to seeing her again someday. I’m so thankful for you, too, and for the chance to have met an angel on earth. Much love, Scarlett

    • I truly feel a confirmation from above in viewing your work with the butterflies. God be with all the bereaved families including myself as my husband was called to God’s garden on Jan 20, 2013. The moral thing helping me cope is my immediate thought of believing he is a butterfly flown home! Thank you for your gift!

  2. How beautiful Scarlett! I am so sorry to hear about Grace Rose. Though, the thought of her ‘growing wings’ is a beautiful illustration which gives hope to the promise of heaven. Thank you for sharing your story and your heart with the world. It is such a privilege knowing you and your sweet family.

  3. Beautiful butterflies, you always amaze me with how you’re able to take household objects and create something magical!!

    Lots of love to you and little Gracie-Rose’s family! Such an indescribable loss, to hear of children and babies passing, but one can only hope these cherished children are in a better place that we might get to oneday and that we are better for having known them, and know their story! Love and Hugs!

  4. They are so pretty – I thought the all white one resembled an angel and then read further down about Grace and understood why it struck me that way. We stumbled upon some news program recently about (sp?) Progeria. It sounded like it had to be a cousin of CS somehow since it is also a rapid-aging disease. Only 100 kids have it (not sure if they were reporting U.S. or world-wide). Anyway, the encouraging thing about the report was that they seem to have found a drug that is helping to slow down the aging process in these children. It’s still in early trial phase, but it gave me hope for the CS research! It was also a reminder that we need to make more things for the Etsy store — hopefully we can get some things done this spring. You continue to bring inspiration to our home through your art!

  5. Butterflies for sweet Grace…your post today was just what my soul needed. Thank you for such a gift.

  6. What a sweet tribute to Grace Rose , she was such a precious little one and was such a blessing for me in California. So glad I got to meet her
    Thank you Scarlett for honoring her memory in such a way.

  7. Renee Zarate

    What a sweet post and tribute to a beautiful child. Bless you.

  8. Terry Hamilton

    Thank you for your great tutorial & adorable butterfly design. I’m getting out my cupcake liners – I only have patterned ones so they will be different.

  9. Melanie Keel

    Thats lovely Scarlett, as are the butterfly’s or flutterby’s… @>— Love you!

  10. Your butterflies are simple and beautiful. Grace Rose is a precious soul who now has her wings. No words can express the devastation of this disease and how many lives it affects. Scarlett you are amazing and I am so pleased to follow your blog and creativity. Blessings dear…

  11. @Sue –Thanks so much, Sue. This is a special post to me in many ways and I appreciate you taking the time to read what I shared. I hope to see you soon and hear more about your new art space!

    @Annmaree-So true, friend…I am most definitely better for having known Grace and connecting with her family when I did. Thank you so much for leaving your sweet comment, it means more than I can say.

    @Susan –Yes! I heard about that new trial. It’s very encouraging! CS has ‘progeroid symptoms’ but the key difference between them is the lack of neurological development in children with CS. Did you know there is a little girl with true Progeria (also called Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome) just over in Round Rock? Check out her FB page (‘Adalia Rose’) She’s precious. I love getting her updates and seeing her pics. We sent her a letter and her grandmother called while I was out one day and I haven’t been able to reach her again. I would love for Knox to meet her sometime and make a new friend. 🙂 Thanks so much, Susan, I appreciate your visit and comment, glad you liked the butterflies, too!

    @Sherry–Thank you for saying that, Sherry. I’m glad your soul needed it because my soul needed to post it. 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by, I’m grateful to have you as a follower. Have a blessed week!

    @Kathy–I’m so glad you got to meet Grace,too. You saw firsthand what a little doll she was. Thank you for stopping by and talk to you soon <3

    @Renee-Many blessings to you, too, kind friend. I always appreciate your visits, thank you so much!

    @Terry-I think the patterned ones will look great! If you post them please let me know, I'd love to see how they turn out. Thank you for your comment!

    @Melanie-Thanks, Aunt Mely 🙂 I'm so glad you came by and saw these. I still haven't gotten to your angel project yet....someday soon! Love you, too!

    @Saucy Chick Sherry--I'm so glad you came by, I enjoy your blog, as well. This was the most precious little girl..I wish everyone could've known her. It is a devastating disease and there's not a thing that can be done about it right therapy...I'm truly thankful for this outlet I have; for the ability to express and share all of these tough helps me a lot. I appreciate your visits immensely, blessings to you too!

  12. Dear Scarlett, your butterflies are so beautiful. Your step-by-step instructions are superb (and the photographs are so pretty!).

    I am so sad to read about the loss of sweet Grace Rose but understand that while devastating for her wonderful family and friends, for little Grace it is a release as she grows her wings and flies free, at last. Truly bittersweet.


  13. Hi Scarlett – you just have that most magical way of bringing CS to our lives – revelling in their lives, yet realising the butterflies will fly … you are so talented with all the things you create – I’ve loved these and I know my mother would have done too … As Joanna says … bittersweet – with bigs across the ocean to you and to Grace’s families … Hilary

  14. I LOVED the clothespin butterflies !! And the directions were so easy for me and my grandaughter to follow. Thank u

  15. Christina de SA

    thank you for sharing your amazing talent. Butterflies hve a very special meaning to me. I have lost 3 children ages birth, 3 & 5 years old. Every time I go to the cemetery to put flowers there are yellow and white butterflies that flutter around me and when I’m feeling down out of no where a yellow or white butterfly will appear and I know it’s my angels come to visit. Thank you and may God bless your friends that lost their child. Lotsa love xx

  16. my family lost two little angels this is a lovley way to remember them thank you

  17. Thank you so much for sharing
    They are stunningly beautiful and made so easy to follow : )) xx

    • Thanks so much, Linda. Glad you like this project and thanks for your sweet comment. Have a blessed week! ~Scarlett

  18. Heather B.-R.

    I absolutely love these! So simple to make, yet they come out looking so sophisticated. Brilliant. I am looking forward to covering the Christmas tree with these! Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. I am in the process of creating something with the “wow” affect and I think adding your butterflies will give it just what is needed. Thank you for sharing your gift! Be blessed.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Mary, I’m so glad you like this project. I hope your project turns out great! Have a blessed weekend. ~Scarlett

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  25. Karla Tedtsen

    I have not known of the disease but plan on making these butterflies for our church Christmas tree this year and will lift you and your family/families up in prayer as I make them.

    • Hi Karla, thank you so much for your kind words, I appreciate your comment and the prayers. Have a blessed week! ~Scarlett

  26. My thoughts go out to Grace Rose and all other children whose lives are short, and their families who are left behind. I agree a butterfly, a floating feather or a bird that sits close is saying they are near by. I am blessed with two Grandgirlies and I can’t wait to make these beautiful butterflies with them. They love to do craft stuff with Nanny. Thank You for sharing your lovely idea. xx

  27. I know how things can get .But I can see that you are bless to have her in this way it .your butterflies are so sweet I love them.

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  31. Love them!

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  33. Jill Gilderman

    I love your butterfly’s! Your instructions are so easy to follow. I will be buying everything to make these. Butterfly’s have a special meaning for me also. My mom and dad grew their wings and I see monarch butterfly’s every summer in northern Minnesota. I also have a tattoo of one to symbolize them. Having yours all over my house will be awesome. Thank you. God Bless you abundantly

    • I’m so glad you like these, Jill! Blessings to you, and I hope happy memories of your sweet parents fill your mind as you craft them. ~Scarlett

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  36. Deborah Brewer

    Dear Sweet Scarlett, I saw your flutterbys and thought how elegant and so simple to make and then I saw what prompted you to make them and then I knew I had to make these. My heart goes out to little Grace Rose’s family and to all the other families that are fighting for their children against this devastating disease, my prayers are some day they will find a cure with he help of God. My little great grandson was born almost 3yrs ago with a heart defect and had open heart surgery twice in the first 8 weeks of his little life, thanks be to God he made it thru and you would never know it happened now except for the scar’s. I would love to follow you if you would send me your link. I love the word flutterbys, it makes it more special. If you don’t mind saying what part of Texas are you in, I also live in Texas and it us nice to read these writings from someone so close. Blessing so you and all the children, Deborah.

    • Thanks so much for your sweet words and comments, Deborah! I’m in NW Austin area. I’m so thankful your little grandson made it through his heart surgeries and is doing well, many many blessings to you and your family. This will always be one of my favorite craft projects, always reminds me of the many children we’ve known with CS and other illnesses over the years. You can sign up on the right hand side-bar of the web site, just enter your email and subscribe. Would love to have you as a follower! Have a blessed week ~Scarlett

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  38. Hi, Scarlett! Your butterflies are so lovely, I pinned them to make some with my daughters, I am sure they will love them as soon as they see them. We love paint and glitter too!
    I would love if you could share this at the party we have each Tuesday, so others can see it and enjoy making them. Here’s the link:
    Have a wonderful week!


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  40. Diana Braziel

    I appreciated your mention of Morgan’s Wonderland. Our great-niece, Mykayla, has been able to enjoy the activities there . I was attracted by the FB posting for creating the butterflies – but was so moved by the kind and loving thoughts of others – once I read the posts. Peace to all you love.

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  51. Your butter flies are beautiful I am always looking for something to give the ladies in my sunday school class this will be a beautiful gift. I read what prompt you to this craft ideal what a beautiful gift for the memory of little Gracie Rose thank you for such a beautiful idea for memory of a love one.

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