Butterflies are loved by many people for their colorful wings, diverse shapes and symbolism! Today we’re sharing with you 10 free butterfly SVG files that you can cut with your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine. Use these beautiful cut files for a variety of craft projects from memorial projects, to layered shadow boxes to gorgeous tumblers and shirts!
Hi crafty friends! It’s the third Thursday of the month and you know what that means! It’s time for a brand new SVG cut files collection! This month’s my friends and I created butterfly themed SVG files and they are beautiful!
These cut files are perfect for spring crafting (please tell me spring is just around the corner?!?!?) but can also be used throughout the entire year for a variety of craft projects including decals, t-shirts, home decor and more!
Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of this post to see all of the beautiful illustrations my friends made!
The Symbolism of Butterflies
Butterflies have deep symbolism throughout many cultures. The most obvious of course would be metamorphosis. Through the life cycle of a butterfly they transform from larvae, to caterpillar to beautiful butterfly. Many people feel deep emotional connection to butterflies because it mirrors big changes within their own life.
The Celtic symbolism of butterflies is motherhood and femininity which I think is beautiful.
In Christian tradition the butterfly is a symbolism of rebirth, resurrection, new beginnings and the start of something beautiful. They are especially popular around Easter.
In the Chinese culture butterflies are a symbol of long life. Two butterflies symbolize undying love.
Many cultures see the butterfly as a representation of life and death and feel that when they see a butterfly that it is a sign that a departed loved one is near.
I personally love this symbolism and decided to incorporate it into the design elements of my free cut file.
Simple Butterfly Heart SVG
I have many friends who see butterflies as a symbol of their child who they tragically lost, or a loved one who departed this earth too soon.
When I sat down to think of my butterfly design, I thought of how losing a loved one is like having a piece of your heart is flying away. If you are a religious person you have faith in your heart that your loved one is flying away to a place that is bigger and better and that you will see them again.
That is the symbolism that I see when I look at this design. A piece of your heart breaking into a million little pieces and flying towards the sky. It’s beautiful and tragic all in one. And every time you see a butterfly you will think of your loved one.
That is my interpretation of this design, but there are so many different ways it could be interpreted. I would love to hear what you think when you see it!
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More Free Heart Cut Files:
9 Free Butterflies SVG Designs
Ready to see the amazing designs my very talented friends made?
- Butterfly Mug Wrap – Crafting in the Rain
- Butterfly Tumbler Wrap – Happiness is Homemade
- Layered Butterfly Cross – Mad in Crafts
- Anti-Social Butterfly – Artsy Fartsy Mama
- Social Butterfly – That’s What Che Said
- Without Change There Would Be No Butterflies – Kara Creates
- Multi-Layered Butterfly – 100 Directions
- Butterfly Hearts – Hello Creative Family (Enter name and email address in box above to download.)
- Butterfly Quote – 30 Minute Crafts
- Butterfly Floral – Brooklyn Berry Designs
Just look at all of the amazing projects you can make with them!
Aren’t they fun? Which will you download first?
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Tell me… Which of these SVG files will you use first and what craft projects will you make with it?