How to Make a Paper Butterfly – Template Included

It’s really easy to learn how to make a paper butterfly and once you do you won’t be able to stop.

This project is fun for both kids and adults because it’s quick and simple. It’s perfect for spring or any time really when you just want to make something simple and pretty.

How to make a paper butterfly

Can’t you just consider this a hanging decoration?

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Making paper butterflies is one of the easiest crafts for kids and yet beautiful enough for kids of all ages to enjoy.

They make the ultimate spring decoration and would look great on a spring bulletin board (you could have each student make their own butterfly).

You can make this pattern with or without our printable template (which you can get at the end of this tutorial) and the end result will always be stunning.

Paper butterfly

You can make paper butterflies in one color or you can use two different colors to make them more interesting.

Make your own paper butterflies easily

How to make a paper butterfly

What you need

  • Printable paper butterfly template – optional (you can get it at the end of the tutorial)
  • colored paper or plain paper
  • drag
  • glue
  • yarn or pipe cleaner (pipe cleaners are great for kids and easy to shape into desired shapes)

Step by step instructions for making paper butterflies

If working with a template, print it on plain paper and use as a stencil or print directly onto colored paper.Step 1 of the butterfly

Draw the shapes onto colored paper and cut them out. If you print the paper butterfly template on colored paper, cut along the lines.
See also Winter Village Art Project with Newspaper

This paper butterfly is made of two parts.

Step 2

Fold both shapes together – accordion fold from top to bottom.

Try to keep them small and even.Step 3

Take a folded shape and apply a small amount of glue to the upper middle section.Step 4Take the remaining fold and press it on top of the first fold, pinching them together in the middle to let the glue set.

It’s best to hold them together for a while to give the glue time to set. You can also use clothespins instead of your fingers, especially if you’re making more than one butterfly.Step 5

And you have finished the wings of your DIY paper butterfly, now it’s time to move on to the body. You can cut a small piece of yarn, wrap it around and tie it in the middle.

After tying the knot, leave enough hair to make a beard. Trim off the excess hair.

Alternatively, you can make the body and beard with toothpicks.Step 6

Almost done! The last thing to do is to widen the folds a bit so the shape of the butterfly really stands out.

Now make as many as you like!

Handmade paper butterfly

Step by step instructions to make a paper butterfly

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