We custom mixed a shade of blue-green with silver, then painted the wings:
Next, I pulled a greenery bush off the top of my bookshelf, shook off the dust, and dabbed it with the same paint, then sprinkled it with shimmery glitter.
While all of that was drying, we washed up and headed for the studio for some sewing. I gathered up all the ribbons we could find in appropriate colors and cut them in varrying lengths. Using one wide ribbon as the waistband, I attached them and then added the fabric left from the bottom of the dress (upside down and gathered) as second and third layers of the dress:
I pulled out the colorful feathers and arranged them inside one of the painted leaves, then stapled it closed over them. I handstiched them to the shoulder, then covered it with another leaf:
as inspiration, I painted both sides of the wings, each in unique styles just like a real butterfly:
Shhh - don't tell anyone that it was made from junk!