Swinging Doors Adorned with a Wooden Butterfly

Decorate your children's space with easy-to-make wooden artwork.


Wooden butterflies dress a small door and the walls of this charming playroom.

Wooden butterflies dress a small door and the walls of this charming playroom.

Materials and Tools:

table saw
jig saw
nail gun
sandpaper or electric sander
safety goggles
wood glue
3/4" birch plywood for the doors
1x6 poplar for frame
1x2 poplar for door trim
luan wood for the butterfly
screws and nails


  1. To make the door frame, start by measuring the opening. Miter cut the two sides, top and bottom to size from the 1x6 poplar.
  2. Fit the boards into place and screw them into the surrounding studs with the wood screws.
  3. Cover the unfinished plywood edges of the frame. Miter cut the 1x2 poplar trim to size. Attach with wood glue and a nail gun. Sand smooth any imperfections and the mitered corners (we used trim that matched our baseboard).
  4. Build the swinging doors with the birch plywood. To make the doors extra thick, cut two pieces of plywood to the exact same size using the table saw. Glue the identical pieces together and clamp them tight. Let dry overnight.
  5. Once the glue dries, cut the piece in half to form the two sides of the door, make sure both sides fit perfectly in the frame. Sand the edges smooth.
  6. Paint or stain the doors and frame.
  7. Trace out the butterfly pattern on two matching pieces of luan and then cut out the shape with a jig saw. You could also cut the luan in half after you've traced the pattern and cut it out with the jig saw.
  8. Paint butterflies in cool designs.
  9. Screw the hinges onto the two doors then onto the walls on opposite sides of the door frame.
  10. Fasten the butterflies onto the door with glue and the nail gun.
  11. If you want more butterflies for your wall, use the same process except there is no need to cut the butterflies in half. Attach the solid butterflies to the wall with a nail gun.

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