DIY paper butterflies

Something we do not do enough, but I love is DIY’s and creative tasks.

I made these butterflies quite a while ago but never got to show you how to make them (even though I filmed it). So today I am doing just that, and we will have fun with it 😊

The butterflies can be used as decorations for almost anything; I saw some great pictures of paper butterflies hanging on a stick, but I used them as decorations for Christmas kind of as “cards” where one colour of butterfly was for one person.

I also have some of them on a piece of string to hang as decoration – though I do not have enough space to actually hang it anywhere (they ended up on my closet)

If you want to watch how to do it, you may do that on my YouTube channel!

Time: 5 minutes (to make one butterfly, expecting you have everything you will need ready.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Template 1 (8×8 cm)
  • Template 2 (6×6 cm)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Pen

For the paper I used old magazines and newspaper as I had lots of those, and I find they make really beautiful multi coloured butterflies.

The two templates were cut from an old red bull carton and kept for later use.


  1. Sketch out a square from the two templates on the paper.
  2. Cut out the template 1 and 2 and cut of the corners on template 2 so they are rounded.
  3. Take template 1 and fold it in the middle.
    Then start with one side and fold it first back then forth until that side is completely folded (like a crinkle perhaps?) my folds were about 0,5 cm.
    Proceed to do this with the other side too.
    When you have folded both sides, fold the paper in half.
    This piece becomes the forewings.
  4. Take template 2 and fold it from the flat end to the other with folds as big as in step 3 – in my case 0,5 cm.
    Fold this paper in half too.
    This piece becomes the hindwings.
  5. Cut a piece of yarn and bind the two pair of wings together at the fold and cut off the excess yarn.

It might sound a bit confusing but trust me as soon as you got the first one going you will be on a roll. When the paper and yarn has been cut you can just sit and fold for ages and I ended up watching two movies while doing this. It was super relaxing, and I love the feeling of doing something “productive” while doing something that is, well, less productive 😉

If this was too hard to understand, the video is right here for you 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this small tutorial, and if you would like to see more DIY’s just tell me, I would love to have an excuse to be more creative haha.

I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time!


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