How To Make Paper Butterflies

Making cute little butterflies from paper can be a lot of fun for young children. Today we’ll learn how to make paper butterflies using our paper fans instructions. We’ll be using those fans as wings for our butterflies.

Finished paper butterfly

What can you do with paper butterflies?

Fist of all, it’s just fun making them: coloring, decorating, and enjoying the creative use of paper, markers and googly eyes.

But once you made a few, you can:

  • create a butterfly mobile
  • add them to your collection of Christmas tree decorations
  • string some around your windows
  • save them to add to a gift wrap
  • decorate a picture frame
  • and more

For a more wing-like look, you can make the fans out of tissue paper.

Either way, these little guys will need your help to fly.

Fill the walls with paper butterflies of all shapes and sizes. Use patterned paper, or sparkly paper to add a little extra vibrancy to yours!

Let’s get crafting!

The googly eyes for these easy paper crafts are a great way to make the butterflies look more cartoon like. If you don’t have any of these eyes on hand, you can just draw some on with a marker.

Love butterflies? We can also teach you how to make a butterfly magnet out of pipe cleaners.

How To Make A Paper Butterfly

How To Make A Paper Butterfly

Yield: 1 butterfly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: free

Gather your material, and get busy designing beautiful paper butterlfies.

Materials

Tools

Instructions

Step #1:

Decorate butterfly wings

    Create and design your wings using markers, pencil crayons or paint.

    Decorate two pieces of paper the same, so your wings match. Be creative and make them beautiful!

Step #2:

Cut out the butterfly's body

    Out of a yellow piece of paper, cut out two identical butterfly bodies. You can make sure they are identical by folding the paper in half and cutting both at once.

Step #3:

Fold paper to create butterfly body

    Follow the directions for “Paper Fans” to create the wings (these instructions will pop up in a separate window). Repeat this process for each wing.

Step #4:

    On each wing (fan) twist the handle end so it is parallel to the fan itself.

Step #5:

Folded paper butterfly

    Glue the butterfly bodies on the front and back of the wings. Glue these to the handles you just twisted. Fill your room with these easy paper crafts, make them in all different sizes and colors! Add a little extra by giving your butterflies some antenna’s – made simply out of pipe cleaners!

Making butterflies videos

If you are a visual learner, you’ll love these easy to follow videos that teach you how to make paper butterflies. Here’s a paper butterfly origami.

Or, you can make these beautiful, fluffy butterflies.

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If you like butterflies, you’ll love these other butterfly crafts on our site:

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