Now you can make this light and flighty butterfly...or if you're feeling super crafty, make a kaleidoscope of butterflies!!
It’s a delightful way to re-use all sorts of paper from the kid's artworks to old books. And believe it or not it only takes 5 simple steps...all you have to do is follow the guide below - everything you need to know is right here!
Now, tell me what I need....
Paper (not too thick such as old book pages, newspaper, re-used gift wrapping, kids artworks, magazine pages or catalogues)
Circle and square objects (I used a cup for the circle and a cookie cutter for the square- or a circumference and set square will do the job)
String (or similar such as re-used bag ties, re-used elastic, thin strip of fabric, re-used gift ribbon, pipe cleaners)
Offspring - if you have one or a few sitting around and you think they will be useful!!!!
Let’s get started!
PAPER - quick, go grab some! I used a page from an old encyclopaedia.
DRAW & CUT out the shape above.
It's basically a circle up the top with a diamond overlapping (my circle diameter was 8cm and the square sides were 9cm).
TIP: I made a quick template on a thin piece of cardboard & because the paper I used was so thin I cut out 3-4 shapes at a time.
Accordion FOLD all the way down the shape.
TIE a piece of string or whatever you have.
I used a bit of re-used fabric in the middle of the accordion fold (make sure the tie is on top of the longer side - which is the square shaped end - as these will be the wider wings for the top of the butterfly - as you can see in Step 5).
Trim the tie into antenna like lengths!
Then, simply pull out the wings and you have a pretty paper butterfly!
SOME PRESENTATION IDEAS...
You can paint it...
You can make a few....
Or watch them fly…
So there you have it - pretty, simple and a great way to re-use different sorts of paper!