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!
So pull out your Cricut Explore, Cricut Maker, Cricut Joy or Silhouette Cameo and get ready for some crafting fun!
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!
I gave my Cricut Facebook group a sneak peek of this design (which I do with all of my cut files) and I would love to see you there too! You can join us here.
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More Free Heart Cut Files:
Looking for some more cut files? Make sure you check out my shop and our free SVG section filled with premium quality svg cut files! Here are a few designs you might like.
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?
Help For Cricut Beginners
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Need advice on how to upload Cricut cut file including PNG files, JPG files, DXF files and other digital file types to Cricut Design Space? Make sure you check out our Cricut Basics- How To Upload Images To Cricut Design Space article here.
For Silhouette users, learn how to upload SVG files to Silhouette Designer Edition from my friend Cheryl at That’s What Che Says here.
If you are looking for more free design resources make sure you check out my post on 75+ Places To Download Free SVG Files.
Tell me… Which of these SVG files will you use first and what craft projects will you make with it?
Crystal, your post today struck my heart. My son-in-law lost his grandmother last Sat and my 11 yr old granddaughter was especially close even tho they lived many miles apart. They would Facetime every day . “Gigi” told my son-in-law that when they saw a butterfly, everyone would know it was her, so we planned a butterfly release so my ganddaughter could say goodbye. I loved “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.” Thank you for sharing what was a beautiful message as well as the awesome cut files. I see a t-shirt & maybe more things in the very near future for my sweet ganddaughter.
Bless you and also praying Jesse will have a good outcome. Thanks again for the awesome message today,
I’m so sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I saw this comment last week when you posted it. I read it, started crying and just didn’t have the words at the moment to respond. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave these kind words. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please give your granddaughter a big hug for me. I hope that my design helps bring her some healing and makes her feel like her Gigi is always near. Sometimes I create a design and have no idea if anyone is ever going to use it. I put it out there in the world and hope that it will touch someone. So thank you for letting me know that the design made an impact on you.
Sending you so much love! Happy Crafting.