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Butterfly Terrarium

By: Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook

Suzanne Cook’s artistic journey started at the young age of six when she won her school’s art competition.  And, the rest is history.  Her love and passion for art made her design career a foregone conclusion and she has never looked back. Suzanne refined her talent at the University of Georgia where she received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1987. 

From her work to her hobbies and her day-to-day life, everything that is Suzanne is art… Her house is filled with an extensive folk art collection as well as art by herself, her husband and daughter, who both are professional artist.

Suzanne is has a reputation for creating art with a positive, whimsical spin that is always colorful and inspiring. Her dreams really did come true when she was able to become one of Plaid’s Design Inspiration Designers!

A Georgia native, Suzanne lives in Suwanee with her husband

Make a colorful statement with this beautiful butterfly terrarium.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set
Item #2295
This Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set is essential for any decoupage crafter. The Brayer is used to smooth paper, fabric and other items onto a surface, providing the right amount of pressure to eliminate air bubbles and with no mess. The Squeegee is used to press paper, fabric and other items into hard-to-reach corners.


Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Clear Sea Glass
Item #24886
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
Item #24888
The Mod Melter is a unique new shaped tool to use specifically with Mod Molds and Mod Melts. Hold the tool above the molds and fill them with ease! You can also use the Mod Melter as an all-purpose glue gun to make everything from molded embellishments to home décor, paper crafts, and more!


FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Bavarian, 8 oz.
Item #34152
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is an ultra-matte chalk finish acrylic paint that requires minimal surface prep, is easy to distress and can be layered and sanded to give you a perfect aged look and feel. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is great for furniture, cabinets, walls, decorative glass, metal and more.


FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Oatmeal, 2 oz.
Item #36311
Oatmeal’s cool, creamy beige tones make it a wonderful stand alone color, or a versatile neutral. This smooth, opaque acrylic paint dries to an ultra-matte chalk finish. From cabinets to craft projects, it’s ideal for revamping your home decor. It requires minimal surface prep and is easily layered and sanded, making it ideal for achieving an on-trend, distressed look. This richly pigmented paint provides one-coat coverage for most projects, and is easily cleaned up with soap and water.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Yellow Ochre, 2 oz.
Item #917
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 8 oz.
Item #CS15067
Create decals or appliqués from any original photo or artwork with Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. Applies to hard surfaces. Hand-washable on fabric.


Other Supplies
Color copies of butterflies
Wax paper
Foam brush
Muslin fabric
Ivory felt
Bowl of water
Scissors; Needle & Thread
Styrofoam sheet
Craft knife
Thin dowels or skewers
Bag of dried moss
Glass terrarium


  1. Cut out and arrange a selection of butterfly images in various sizes. Use the size of your terrarium as a guide for sizing height and width.
  2. One at a time, lay a butterfly on top of a sheet of wax paper image side facing up. Generously paint a smooth layer of Mod Podge® Photo Transfer Medium over the image. You should barely be able to see the butterfly.
  3. Bend the wax paper away to release the prepared image and carefully lay the image on a clean piece of wax paper. Gently lay a piece of fabric over the image. Press softly. Flip the fabric over and carefully squeegee the image to the fabric. Press along the edge with your finger to ensure good contact. Let dry 24 hours.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 for each butterfly.
  5. To reveal image, press a damp sponge over the image and let sit for 2 minutes. Gently begin rubbing the paper off in circular motions. This will take 2-4 times letting the image dry in between rubbings.
  6. To create a padded butterfly, pin the prepared image fabric to a piece of felt and another piece of Muslim. Do not trim the fabric yet. Sew a simple running stitch around the butterfly close to the image. Trim the fabric around your butterfly. Repeat for each image.
  7. Cut the Styrofoam sheet and glue to the base of the terrarium. Cover the Styrofoam with moss.
  8. Paint one dowel for each butterfly and let dry.
  9. Turn the butterflies over and make a small slit at the base of the body through the muslin fabric layer. Add a small amount of glue at the end of a dowel and insert into the hole. Let dry. Repeat for all butterflies.
  10. Insert the prepared butterfly dowels into the Styrofoam base trimming the dowels as necessary to create varying heights.
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