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3D Wall Butterflies

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love butterflies. I’ve long held an interest in them and today, view them as not only delicate, beautiful creatures fluttering about in nature — but in the home I like to see them as motifs whether on a print or used in a pattern as part of a pretty piece of fabric. I spotted these gorgeous 3D wall butterflies crafted from paper on Etsy’s homepage today and felt inspired to share them. These are made by Jacqueline who runs Hip and Clavicle in Pennsylvania.

Hip and Clavicle

Hip and Clavicle

I love Jacqueline’s inspiration behind her work, “To explore the way ordinary objects and processes come together with human sense and memory in moments that transcend their everyday existence. I am drawn to capture and recreate those moments that spontaneously fill me with wide-eyed reflection and contemplation.” I think you could use these to create a lovely installation in your own home much like how a store would create a seasonal installation to promote a theme — your theme could be centered around Spring and you could put these on delicate transparent fishing string and hang them in your window or from the ceiling in a children’s room — or of course, use two-sided tape and adhere them to the wall.

Butterflies symbolism freedom, exploration and whimsy. That’s a big part of who I am, which is why I think the butterfly will always remain an inspiration to me. Owls for their wisdom and quiet strength, dolphins for their playful energy and ability to connect with those whom they love, trees for how sure and secure they appear yet just below the surface it is their roots that keep them strong, clouds, flowers, the sparks you see at times when two things strike together… the smell of the forest after rain has fallen… There is so much in nature to inspire and delight the senses, isn’t there?

(images: hip and clavicle)

Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts on March 03, 2011

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  1. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 3:14pm

    when i read butterflies…i thought ‘for kids’…but one look and wow…so glamorous…that last image is just too good!! thanks for yet another lovely post, Holly!! xx meenal
    meenal @ maison marigold´s last blog post ..ipad 2 – yet another beauty from apple

  2. PriscilaPetersDecor commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 3:53pm

    Amazing! What a adorable idea. It looks great.
    PriscilaPetersDecor´s last blog post ..Todays craving

  3. Heather commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:08pm

    I have to admit that I have a questionable leaky/icky wall in my house that has caused the paint to crack. I just covered it up with similar butterflies. Perhaps that’s not the BEST plan, but no one has ever been able to find where the leak is coming from!
    Heather´s last blog post ..I cant remember

  4. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:29pm

    These are so lovely….I love butterflies too, in nature and in the home. So many beautiful things to inspire us, yes….thanks hun!
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..The little things &amp little moments

  5. Vanessa Elizabeth l Ruffled Rose commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:34pm

    I love dimensional texture on a wall! Those are so lovely.
    Vanessa Elizabeth l Ruffled Rose´s last blog post ..Comment on New York Style A Giveway! by Trip to Ravi Design Company « Ruffled Rose

  6. Eva @ Four Leaf Clover commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 5:02pm

    These are so pretty! Would love to have my wall adorned in a few of these lovelies!
    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover´s last blog post ..Just a friendly reminder

  7. Nina Lamb commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 5:09pm

    That’s funny how you posted those because I also spotted them on Etsy this morning and put a link in my inspiration folder to use as part of my mood board for Blogging Your Way. I didn’t read the story behind Jacqueline’s work – so thank you for a great post.
    Nina Lamb´s last blog post ..Welcoming Spring

  8. tracie commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 5:15pm

    sweet & interesting.. could see them across a mirror, for spring time :)
    tracie´s last blog post ..before &amp after party

  9. Christina commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 6:04pm

    I’m not usually one for dainty feminine things, but this post still made me smile. I think I need to loosen up my perceptions of decorating with things like this. I immediately think that it would look cluttered or silly or like a little girls room, but I shouldn’t let thoughts like that keep me from potential awesomeness. Haha.
    Christina´s last blog post ..West Michigan Craigslist

  10. mk commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 6:14pm
  11. Missives From Suburbia commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 6:28pm

    Thank you for posting this! She makes beautiful dragonflies, and dragonflies have been an ongoing theme in my relationship with my husband since we first started dating. I just bought a set from her, and I’m going to surprise him by hanging them in his bathroom one night so they greet him in the morning.
    Missives From Suburbia´s last blog post ..Boy Love

  12. Jacqueline commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 7:14pm


    I wanted to thank you for such a lovely feature! What you say about nature is very true, it’s a wellspring of inspiration. Whenever I’m in a creative dry spell I just take a little walk in the woods and the ideas and excitement start pouring in!

    One thing I wanted to mention, you were talking about using the double-sided tape, actually I ship the butterflies with a wall safe removable adhesive already on the back of each one. I love the idea of placing these on strings as well! It sounds very Anthropologie and I’m a huge fan of their window displays!
    Jacqueline´s last blog post ..3D Wall Dragonflies- 12 Soot Black Dragonfly Silhouettes for Home Art Decor- Nursery- Children&39s Room

  13. Tereza commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 7:52pm

    oooo so beautiful, would look so nice in a little girls nursery or room!
    Tereza´s last blog post ..DIY pendant light

  14. Jaime @ la vie...j'aime commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 8:52pm

    so gorgeous!
    Jaime @ la vie…j’aime´s last blog post ..Meet Barkley

  15. Malin commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:06pm

    Gorgeus! I too am a big butterfly lover :-)

    Thanks by the way for a great inspirational blogg, I read it daily but this is the first time I leave a comment… :-S

    Take care,


  16. Candi commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:16pm

    She captures the delicate flight of butterflies so well….they’re beautiful!
    Candi´s last blog post ..Ayanna Earrings

  17. Kia Sunda commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:38pm

    These are so gorgeous! I could see these making a beautiful installation in upcoming projects.
    Kia Sunda´s last blog post ..Designing a bar ‘Part 4′- Layout

  18. Christina commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:50pm

    Love these– really, anything butterfly-realted. Thanks for sharing!
    Christina´s last blog post ..-decorate-

  19. Branka commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 9:51pm

    Sometimes when I read your blog, it feels like I am reading my own diary :) I adore butterflies! A long time ago ,when I studied, I wrote an essay about the morphology of the English and German names of butterflies. Strange topic, I know :)) ,but I studied languages and somehow saw connection in everything I love – so why not morphology and butterflies.
    Anyway, I read your blog for a while and really enjoy every single post. Thank you for your daily piece of inspiration!

  20. Danielle commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 10:17pm

    I adore butterflies and insects in general…thanks to my son who is obsessed with insects and has been for years!
    Danielle´s last blog post ..Hexagons in Design

  21. Shari commented
    March 3rd, 2011 at 11:10pm

    I absolutely agree with you… there’s so much in nature to ensnare the senses and to delight our imaginations! That’s the first place I go to for my own inspiration!

    Thank you for sharing the butterflies! They’re lovely and delicate and perfect.
    Shari´s last blog post ..Day of Art

  22. Christine commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:12am

    These are so elegant~Jacqueline’s inspiration is equally poetic:) I have used butterflies and dragonflies with some of my work and they almost always represent transformation of some kind~
    Christine´s last blog post ..OWOH Giveaway

  23. Brooke H commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:20am

    These are so lovely! They remind me of the one’s in Serena’s bedroom on Gossip Girl. (Embarrassingly enough not only do I watch, i kind of love that show!) I think hers are plastic and made by Umbra though. These are much more delicate and have the wonderful, one-of-kind, special, handmade touch to them.
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..Fashion Week- Designer Sketches Part 2

  24. Mariela commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:28am

    Beautiful, I love the last one. I always like butterflies, they are so delicate and beautiful.
    Mariela´s last blog post ..Añade un toque de color

  25. Katie Bee commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:14am

    These have been on my etsy favorite list for some time. I can’t wait to have a home where I could put them to use…then I’ll just have to decide which are my favorites!
    The butterfly is one of my favorite motifs from nature. As a young teen, I had butterflies everywhere in my room, and still keep a little plaster butterfly hung on my wall. It can’t help but make me happy.
    Katie Bee´s last blog post ..interruptions- part 2 – post grad thoughts and a taste test again

  26. ARTiculateART commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:23am

    These look lovely on the wall!!!
    ARTiculateART´s last blog post ..Fashion Photography- Paris

  27. Jacqueline commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 3:26am

    In reply to Brooke H:

    I also watch and adore Gossip Girl! It’s a fun show, well acted, and the wardrobe is top notch in my book. The butterflies on Serena’s wall are actually an installation by a fantastic artist, Paul Villinski. He makes them from beer cans and assembles them into the best installations/arrangements I’ve had the pleasure to see:
    Jacqueline´s last blog post ..3D Wall Dragonflies- 12 Soot Black Dragonfly Silhouettes for Home Art Decor- Nursery- Children&39s Room

  28. Afi commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 5:18am

    Very pretty! Love her work :) Thanks for sharing!
    Afi´s last blog post ..Giveaway- Love is giving print

  29. ANETTESHUS.COM commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 8:28am

    Wow!! These are so lovely ?


  30. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 9:34am

    Hi Holly…is there any tutorial about how to make these butterflies…I couldn’t find any on Jacquiline’s website… I totally want to make these for my daughter’s room!! thanks xx meenal
    meenal @ maison marigold´s last blog post ..a moroccan jewel

  31. Casa e Cose commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:29am

    Oh id love me some of those orange and pink butterflies. Lovely and so devoratif – what patience this lady has!

  32. decor8 commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:58pm

    @Meenal: I don’t know of any tutorials however these are the creative works of Jacqueline and so I feel it is best that if you like her work to buy directly from her and support this talented lady. I’m glad you like them!

  33. Amy commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 3:30pm

    These butterflies are so pretty…

  34. Carol commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:46pm

    Hi! It’s really so delicate. I visited site and loved her work!
    Kiss: Carol

  35. jen {das sushi} commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 8:43pm

    So lovely! My daughter adores butterflies (one of the first words she learned in german was schmetterlingen!), but it can be so hard to find butterfly themed things that are pretty but not cutesy for her room. These definitely fit the bill.
    jen {das sushi}´s last blog post ..Child&39s Hearts Knitted Love- Love- Love Headband

  36. Krystle Rose commented
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:39pm

    I love butterflies too and started collecting (and making) butterfly art. They remind me that life is a journey that is always changing and evolving. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pieces!

  37. Mary commented
    March 5th, 2011 at 2:57am

    These are beautiful! I just started browsing through this blog, and I already love it. You have great taste!

  38. Patia commented
    March 5th, 2011 at 5:20am

    Butterflies also symbolize rebirth and transformation. I love them, too.
    Patia´s last blog post ..Where Are You- Jay Kudo

  39. meandering pearl commented
    March 5th, 2011 at 10:48am

    exquisite!!! i love your thoughtfulness of the animals you chose to share as well!!! lots of the loveliest things
    meandering pearl´s last blog post epoch of the sparklingly relevant

  40. Erin - The Smallest Sparrow commented
    March 5th, 2011 at 5:07pm

    Too funny! I did a tutorial for a similar project on my blog a couple of weeks ago. I used fabric, though and mine are perhaps not as sophisticated and beautiful as these. Butterflies are all the rage and for good reason.

  41. Tanja commented
    March 5th, 2011 at 11:48pm

    Wundervoll, die hatte ich auch schon entdeckt ! Die muss ich einfach haben …;) lg Tanja

  42. isavirtue commented
    March 7th, 2011 at 12:05am

    what a coincidence – I just came across these last night through a completely different avenue (her butterflies and my butterfly stationery were in the same etsy treasury). what fun! these would look awesome in any room!

  43. Lizzy @ Snarky Beagle commented
    March 7th, 2011 at 3:18am

    These are so fun! I bought an exacto knife a few months ago with high hopes of creating things like this.
    Lizzy @ Snarky Beagle´s last blog post ..Crayola Blues

  44. Julie commented
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:04am

    My mom loves butterflies too. She once said those creatures remind her of how fragile and carefree she used to be when she was much younger. She wears them as lockets, earrings, brooches, and necklaces (not the actual things, of course). If there were a butterfly garden near our house, I wouldn’t be surprised if she would frequent the place too. Thank you for sharing these butterflies.
    Julie´s last blog post ..12 Rigtige Råd til dig der vil søge et Vikarjob

  45. Michele commented
    March 7th, 2011 at 5:02pm

    Hi Holly,
    I continue to follow your wonderful blog after many years! I too love butterflies and recently the Montreal Botanical Garden hosted a “live” exhibit featuring these beautiful creatures and wonderful flowering plants. (welcome escape as it is -10c and snowing here!) I am an amateur photographer and below is a link to my photobook of said butterflies, which I thought you might appreciate.
    Montreal, Canada

  46. 17th and Riggs commented
    March 7th, 2011 at 8:29pm

    These are so beautiful and would be perfect for a little girl’s room!

    17th and Riggs´s last blog post ..Discover Your Color Personality

  47. Mary commented
    March 10th, 2011 at 8:44am

    I love butterflies too. I always have. In fact, they’re one of the first things I made when I opened my shop! These are lovely.

  48. Laura Bielecki of LuxuryInteriors commented
    March 14th, 2011 at 1:26am

    I could see these beautiful butterflies in sooo many different aplications! Thanks for sharing.
    Laura Bielecki of LuxuryInteriors´s last blog post ..Grand Entrance Doors

  49. Marianne commented
    January 17th, 2012 at 11:46am

    How nice.
    I love butterflyes.

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