How to Draw a Butterfly Garden

What is a butterfly garden? Butterfly gardens are planted to attract butterflies and other species, such as moths, hummingbirds, and bees. Not only are butterfly gardens pretty, but they also help to revive and sustain butterfly populations, which have been affected by habitat destruction. Urban butterfly gardens can by an oasis for wildlife within the city.

What makes a butterfly garden different from a regular garden? Butterfly gardens contain plants that feed adult butterflies as well as their caterpillars. Native plants are especially important, because, while butterflies visit many types of flowers for nectar, the caterpillars are usually restricted to eat one or two types of wild plants.

Butterfly gardeners may also install butterfly houses, moist sand, water features, and offerings of fruit for the butterflies to use.

Butterfly gardens are educational as well. Children can be introduced to and learn to appreciate nature in such gardens. Many city parks and some schools now include butterfly gardens, planted with flowers such as milkweed, purple cone flower, and butterfly bush. Butterfly festivals may be held in the fall, at which thousands of newly winged butterflies are released for attendees to enjoy.

Would you like to draw your very own butterfly garden? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. All you will need is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. Likely, you will also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or something similar to make your garden come to life.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Cherry Blossoms, Ladybug, and Hummingbird.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​​​ a ​Butterfly Garden

How to Draw Butterfly Garden

1. ​​​Begin by drawing blades of grass. For each blade of grass, use two long, curved lines. The lines should converge at the top until they finally meet in a point. Allow the bottoms of some of the lines to meet in points as well.

2. ​​​Draw your first flower. Begin with a small circle. Then, surround the circle with “U” shaped lines, enclosing each petal.

3. ​​​​​Next, draw another, smaller flower. Again, begin with a small circle. Then, surround the circle with “U” shaped curved lines, enclosing each petal.

4. ​​​Draw stems for each of the flowers. For each stem, use two parallel curved lines. Then, draw more grass behind the flowers. Use curved lines to outline the grass, connected at both the top and bottom in sharp points.

5.​​ ​​​​Draw the flowers’ leaves growing beside the flowers. For each leaf, use two curved lines meeting in a point. Notice that the leaves are somewhat wider than the blades of grass. Fill in any bare spots with additional grass.

​6.​ ​​​​​​​Draw tall blades of grass, again using two curved lines meeting in a point for each blade.

​7. ​​Begin to draw your butterfly. Beside the tallest blade of grass, draw a tiny circle – the butterfly’s head. Beneath the circle, draw two elongated, rounded shapes – the butterfly’s thorax and abdomen. Finally, connect the butterfly to the grass using short, curved lines – the butterfly’s legs. Butterflies are insects, so they have six legs.

​8.​​​ ​​Next, draw the butterfly’s wings. Enclose two irregular curved shapes alongside the butterfly’s body, one larger than the other. Then, enclose a second set of shapes, following the outline of the first.

9.​​ ​​Detail the butterfly. Draw long, curved lines with tiny circles at the tips to indicate the antennae. On the wings, draw a pattern of teardrop shapes, circles, and ovals.

​10. ​​​​​ ​Color your butterfly and its garden home. Would you like to expand your garden and invite more garden friends? Check out our plant drawing guides, as well as animals such as the bunny, squirrel, hummingbird, and ladybug.

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