Welcome to the 10,000 Butterflies Project

What This Project is All About

By Founder Bonnie Pond

The 10,000 Butterflies Project is rooted in my unwavering belief that most of us want to make a positive difference in our little corner of the world. We want to know that to someone, somewhere, our lives have mattered. That what we have done with our precious time here has made a difference. But, too many of us believe that making our lives count means doing something really BIG, and that small actions don’t count for much. Nothing could be further from the truth!


Begins with understanding that every one of us has the power to create positive change. It starts with standing up for what’s right and speaking out for those who have no voice. Living our values, not just giving them lip service. Deciding that “us versus them” thinking hurts everyone.


Celebrates what connects us in our humanity instead of what divides us. It means that we are stronger by including everyone in the circle, even those who don’t look or believe just like us. And understanding that kindness, compassion, and respect are essential to creating a better future for all.


Starts with finding common ground and working together to solve problems. Building stronger communities. Lifting up others as well as ourselves. Finding ways to help people and our planet thrive. Instead of blaming, shaming, or waiting for someone else to lead the way, hope blossoms when we decide to use our voices and actions to make a difference.


By adding your butterfly to the project you’re declaring,  “This is how I’ll make my life count!” It says you aren’t waiting for someone else to do it. You’re ready to begin!

Here’s how to become a Contributing Artist in The 10,000 Butterflies Project:

  • You don’t have to be a professional artist. Contributing Artists of all ages and from all parts of the world are welcome!
  • Cut a butterfly shape from paper, cardboard, fabric, wood, newspaper, foam board, plastic, metal, sheet music, or any lightweight material you want. Use paint, glitter, fabric, graphic design, feathers, beads, crayons, foil, ink, bits and pieces from the natural world, photography, whatever materials you like.
  • Have fun with this! Use your imagination and wild, passionate creativity to design your butterfly and convey your Make Your Life Count Message. Be Creative!
  • Dimensions of finished butterflies can be anywhere from 4” x 4” to 9” x 7.”
  • Butterflies must be light enough to place in an art installation without needing special supports.
  • Clearly write your short Make Your Life Count Message on the front of your butterfly along with your first name, age, and country. More than one message? Great! Just create a different butterfly for each one.
  • Your butterfly will be added to one of the trees that makes up The Forest of Hope Installation!

As you think about your message, consider these questions:

  • How do you want to make a difference?
  • How do you want to show up in the world?
  • What do you stand for?
  • What do you stand against?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?

Please Note – NO offensive language, symbols, or illustrations! The 10,000 Butterflies Project encourages compassion, inclusiveness, acceptance, and creativity. Hate, divisiveness, cruelty, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, bullying or other inappropriate messages will be immediately rejected.

Send your butterfly to:

10,000 Paper Butterflies
P.O. Box 1141
Fayetteville, TN 37334

Be sure to join the Make Your Life Count Community and 10,000 Butterflies Project on Facebook to connect with other change-makers!

What happens to all those butterflies?

As a Contributing Artist, your butterfly becomes part of a 10,000 Butterflies collaborative art installation/exhibition. It’s also a permanent, public reminder of what you stand for and how you want to show up in the world.

10,000 Butterflies displays are designed to:

  • Highlight the creativity of Contributing Artists
  • Inspire others to take action for positive change
  • Spread hope through thousands of Make Your Life Count Messages

Reading the “fine print.” What you should know:

My team and I will photograph each butterfly received. Some photos will be used in my blog, on social media platforms, in presentations, and in other written materials to promote The 10,000 Butterflies Project / Make Your Life Count Movement. Permission to photograph any work submitted for the project is considered granted unless otherwise stated in writing.

All butterflies become the property of The 10,000 Butterflies Project and will not be returned to Contributing Artists. Contributing Artists will not be compensated for their work and the work of participants will not be sold.

By submitting your art you agree that The 10,000 Butterflies Project/Make Your Life Count Movement is granted usage of the artwork for display, marketing and promotional purposes for the 10,000 Butterflies Project/Make Your Life Count Movement art exhibitions and installations.

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