Paper butterflies are so easy and fun to use for many craft projects. I made wall hangings and a mobile for my babies nursery pictured above. I also like to use them as gift toppers. You could make teeny tiny ones for scrapbooks, or use them in flower arrangements. They sky is the limit! View my video tutorial or use the written instructions for the how-to below.
1- Fold 2 layers of tissue paper (or one layer of other paper) in half and cut out shape similar to the one shown in photo below. A rounded top wing will look like an upside down figure 8 shape when unfolded. A pointed wing will have a triangular or squared off top.
2- Unfold and scrunch in the middle (for tissue) or acordian fold the paper horizontally.
3- Twist bendable wire around the middle leaving the ends long and rounded back in on themselves to make the body and antenas and spread out the tissue or paper wings
Note that card stock is not a great choice as it tends to be too thick and rips to easily and does not flair out
Play around with the shape of the wing tips, it's fun. Now let your imagination run wild with what you can do with these paper butterflies.
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