Quilled Monarch Terrarium

By  Suzy Myers 

  • Quilled Monarch Terrarium
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  • Recycled glass jar with lid, 8” tall
  • Cardstock: dark orange, light orange, yellow, black, green
  • Plastic-foam ball, 3”
  • Spanish moss, small amount
  • Wooden dowel or skewer


  • Quilling tool
  • Internet or photo of Monarch butterfly
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Acrylic paints: white, light green
  • Plaid Matte Mod Podge
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, white tacky glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, craft knife, ruler
  • Size
  • 1. Size is 8" tall.
  • Note
  • 1. To create lifelike Monarch butterfly, research butterfly on Internet or use book as reference when making wing patterns and design. Print image of monarch for ease when creating shape.
  • Terrarium
  • 1. Cut cardstock into 1/8"-wide strips. Use quilling tool to coil strips, dabbing spot of tacky glue on end to hold coil. Pinch ends to create teardrop shapes. See Photos 1-5.

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  • 2. Using butterfly photo, position quilled shapes over image, adjusting to fit inside wing outlines. (Note: Paper is a very versatile medium, so with a bit of adjustment by pinching and twisting, you can form any shape you want.) Complete one wing at a time and then two lower wing shapes. Back each wing with black cardstock, trimming it to edge of wing. Lightly dot edges of wings with white acrylic paint. See Photos 6-8.

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  • 3. For body, coil 1/4"-wide black cardstock strip around thin dowel; adhere ends with tacky glue. Coil another black cardstock strip and adhere onto top of body (for head). For antennae, adhere two thin black cardstock strips onto head; twist ends.
  • 4. Adhere body onto wings. Use item to support butterfly while drying. See Photo 9.

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  • 5. For flower, cut 3" plastic-foam ball in half (for base). Cut 4" dowel length (for support). Wrap green cardstock around dowel (stem); spot glue ends with tacky glue. Insert stem end into base; use hot glue gun to adhere.
  • 6. For each flower, cut 11"x2" yellow cardstock strip. Fringe along length of strip. Cut 11"x1/4" dark brown cardstock strip; fringe along length of strip. Use tacky glue to adhere brown strip on one end of yellow strip with fringed sides facing in same direction. Let dry. Coil strip, starting at end with brown strip, spot gluing with tacky glue. Continue to coil strip until reaching end of yellow fringed end; spot glue. Let dry. Carefully open flower, spreading fringe edges. Adjust and move petals into pleasing manner. Repeat process for two more flowers.
  • 7. For leaves, cut four long teardrop shapes from green cardstock. Cut small "v" shapes along each length. Fold leaf lengthwise to create vein line. Adhere two leaves randomly around flowers and on stem, setting two aside for later use.
  • 8. To assemble, adhere two flowers to stem base. Hot glue base to inside of jar, positioning towards back of jar to allow space for butterfly. Hot glue Spanish moss around base. Hot glue butterfly inside jar on stem/leaves.
  • 9. On covered work surface, paint jar lid light green. Let dry. Adhere remaining two leaves and flower on jar lid. Apply Mod Podge on jar lid and flowers and leaves on outside of jar. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. Attach thin string or cording to quilled butterflies for a great mobile or window hanging.