5 Easy Steps To A Pretty Paper Butterfly

October 19, 2016

 

 

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)

 

Pencil

 

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)

 

Scissors

 

String (or similar such as re-used bag ties, re-used elastic, thin strip of fabric, re-used gift ribbon, pipe cleaners)

 

 

OPTIONAL: 

Offspring - if you have one or a few sitting around and you think they will be useful!!!!

 

 

Let’s get started!

 

 

STEP 1.

 

PAPER - quick, go grab some! I used a page from an old encyclopaedia.

 

 

 

 

STEP 2.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

STEP 3.

 

Accordion FOLD all the way down the shape.

 

 

STEP 4.

 

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).

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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