5 Easy Steps To A Pretty Paper Butterfly

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.


Emubobbing Pretty Paper Butterfly Cut-out

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.


Emubobbing Pretty Paper Butterfly Fold

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).


Emubobbing Pretty Paper Butterfly Spreading Wings

Trim the tie into antenna like lengths!

Then, simply pull out the wings and you have a pretty paper butterfly!


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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