The Butterfly Tree

We affectionately call this tree The Butterfly Tree.  The rambling branches tumble over the fence from next door, creating a perfect little natural cubby house underneath.  The kids and I love trimming the branches from the under side to make more of the space, and sweeping the floor with branches.

I had tossed around the idea of hanging some bunting inside the butterfly house, but then I discovered I had a bunch of these metal butterfly cutouts from a broken piece of jewellery.  Perfect!  My daughter wanted to hang them on rainbow ribbons, so we bought some 99c rolls of ribbon in a range of bright colours.  We also bought some jingly bells to add some sound to the colour.

My daughter threaded the ribbons onto the metal butterflies and I tied the knots.  Then we took them outside to hang in the butterfly house.  They look absolutely gorgeous!  A secret little rainbow of butterflies to welcome visitors to the cubby.  Sadly the photos don’t capture them very well, but hopefully they give you the idea.

By the way, it took me longer to find out what the tree is than it did to plan, photograph and write this post.  FINALLY I think I have an answer: Red Orchid Tree (Red Bauhinia).  It’s very common around Brisbane, and I’ve blogged before about using the leaves for leaf rubbings.  Anyone know if I’m right?!

Where have your kids been playing this week…?

29 thoughts on “The Butterfly Tree

  1. lovely – we’ve done something similar under trees in our back yard to make little cubbies and fairy gardens but with bells and windchimes – the butterflies with rainbow ribbons are gorgeous. Reminds me of the music trees around the net. Love backyards – how do people live in units/high rises with no yard to play in?

  2. Simply gorgeous! And I love the additions of the bells for the lovely sound. It’s nice when the kids choose the playspace and they help decide what to add to beautify it!
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..We Play – Bubbles- =-.

  3. I think every backyard, school grounds and other children’s places need trees with low branches to hang things on. It is so nice especially for those with limited space who need to use every little bit creatively.

    My next blog post this Thursday is about wooden spoons. I think you’ll see the connection…!
    .-= Juliet´s last blog ..Ducks at The Coombes School =-.

  4. @Nat M

    Yes, I think that is the right family of trees, but because I couldn’t see the right flower amongst them on wikipedia I wasn’t sure. That is, until I FINALLY found an image of the flower from the Red Bauhinia elsewhere! Now I’m pretty sure :-)

  5. I only wish we had such a beautiful space in our backyard. My little guy loves to build forts and such in the house amongst the chairs and couches – he would love an outdoor hiding place as well!
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..For the Younger Sprouts =-.

  6. Cool idea to do a butterfly tree!
    Colorful, festive, and fun!
    We have Monarchs that migrate up from Mexico into the United States for the Spring and Summer, along with other cool butterflies here.
    Stopped by via the We Play Link ups at Childhood 101. Hope that you will pop by my blog.
    .-= Colleen – Sunrise Learning Lab´s last blog ..Kinda Wacky Wednesday! =-.

  7. I know you say the photos do not do the butterflies justice but i think they are absolutely beautiful pics….the sun is shining through so nicely….

    I love the little piece of magic you have created in your garden! Makes me think of pixie tea parties and Enid Blyton stories…
    .-= Gill@OurParklife´s last blog ..Cabin Fever =-.

  8. I love your butterfly tree, it reminds me of a similar “treehouse” I played in with my cousins when I was growing up. It was just down the road from our beach house and we decked it out as a complete cubby house hidden from the world thanks to the overhung branches. What a magical place, then and now.
    .-= Christie – Childhood 101´s last blog ..The Universe is Made of Stories =-.

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