Monday, September 5, 2011

Butterfly Wedding Place Cards

My good friend, Lynn, asked me to help her design guest place cards for the reception for her upcoming wedding.  I came up with a couple of different design ideas, but she loved this butterfly idea.

I originally saw this idea in a Martha Stewart magazine.  However, instead of using card stock and cutting out individual butterflies by hand, we decided to use vellum and Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die.  The vellum turned out soooooooo pretty.   The butterflies had such a light, sheer, almost glowing quality about them.  The flowers are paper and are part of my Paper Flower Tutorial available here.

First, we printed each of the guests names onto sheets of vellum.  We did this by creating a template in My Digital Studio.  It took us a bit to figure out exactly where to place the names on the paper.  We used regular copy paper as tests until we got it perfect.  Six butterflies ended up fitting onto each piece of paper.  Once we created the template, we sailed through this task.  Her wedding was fairly intimate with 60 guests, so it wasn't too much work.  Then we cut the printed vellum sheets with a Paper Cutter.  Folding the small cut out sheets (with the names now printed on them) first, made lining up and cutting out the butterflies easier.  We found that we could cut 3 or 4 at a time quite easily.  Then we cut a small slit on each butterfly along the fold where they would be placed on each guest's wine glass.  A mini glue dot under the butterfly secured it so that they would not blow off in the breeze. 

Products used for this project:

Card Stock: Vellum Card Stock

Accessories and More: My Digital Studio, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Paper Snips,  Mini Glue Dots

Update:  I have had so many requests for help on how to recreate these place cards, that I made a mini tutorial in this post.  

All the flowers shown in the pics of these posts are from my Paper Flower Bouquet Tutorial available here (or on the right hand sidebar). 



Wow! Your Your wedding layout is beautiful!! The flowers are amazing and the butterflies on the glass rim is lovely!


Omg.....these butterflies are really beautiful!! My friend is getting married on the 17th and she had asked me to help with her place cards. I was just going to make her the ordinary ones. I'd really surprise her with these butterflies. Any possibility I could get a copy of your template?
I'd really appreciate it!

Leigha Rock

Marilyn, you are most welcome to my MDS template. Please note, the template is a template only, and not a tutorial. Please email me, and I can send you the file. --Leigha


This is just such an AWESOME idea and you did a BEAUTIFUL job!! Please if you don't mind sharing the template that you used for MDS I would love to do this for my daughter's birthday. My email address is thanks in advance!!


I saw your butterfly place cards and thought they were so beautiful and unique that I shared the idea with some friends who are getting married in November. They loved it! May I please have a copy of your MDS template so that I can help them with this? Thank you :)
Kendra (


Hi Leigha,
I've admired your butterfly name cards for sometime and was wondering if you would share your MDS template with me. I'm helping my sister with her wedding reception...
Rose (


Hello Leigha

Your butterfly name cards are so pretty - have been searching high and low for something similar.

Is it possible to also have a copy of your template??

Thanks very much



I am getting married on january can you help me with teh template?my email is


A Touch of SOL

Leigha...THESE are GORGEOUS...I would love the template...I am a demo so I do have email if you can still share is