DIY Framed Butterfly Needlepoint

As sad as it is to see the last of the butterflies visiting our garden I am all too eager to welcome the crisp cool breezes of my favorite season! This simple project will remind us of our garden guests while we prepare to spend a little more time indoors hopefully dipping into our creativity and churning out some handmade gifts for the holidays ahead. Whether this is for a simple hostess gift or if you would like to make one for each of your office mates this Christmas, this project is fun, easy and inexpensive.

What you will need:

– one sheet of 10 count plastic canvas

– one size 18 tapestry needle

– sharpie permanent marker (different colors are handy to work different areas of the design)

– scissors

– graph paper (if you plan to create your own variations of this design)

– threads. You can use from your own stash like I did or  DMC tapestry wool will also work well for this. Select 3 shades of your choice.

– one 5″ x 7″ frame. I used Ikea’s NYTTJA frames. A  two pack sells for $2.99. Since they use durable plastic instead of glass it is perfect to use in a child’s bedroom or to ship to your far away loved one.


1. Layout and cut the plastic canvas. Cut a rectangle that is 51 holes long by 71 holes wide.

2. Mark your design onto the canvas using your sharpie marker. Find the center point and work outward. Once your butterfly outline is in place you can establish the repeat diamond background.

3. Needlepoint! Whipstitching the edges is not necessary if you are planning on framing your piece. When you are done pop it in the frame and hang or gift.



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