This pretty paper butterfly garland is a sinch* to make, and it’s likely you have all the materials required sitting in your craft cupboard already. I made a prototype a while ago and thought I was a genius to invent this cute but simple design. Turns out that nothing is original and it’s been done before, but stringing the butterflies up to make a garland, totally me!
(*means super easy)
So if you need to brighten up a dull space, or have a party to decorate for, dig out some pretty paper and get folding, here’s how…
You will need:
For each butterfly
2 x coloured origami paper squares (15x15cm/6×6″) double sided colour is best but use whatever you have on hand, or cut squares from pretty gift wrap
matching pipe cleaner (chenille stem) cut to 15cm / 6″ length
twine, thin ribbon or yarn
- Fold paper in half diagonally to make a triangle
- Working from center line out make zig zag folds about 1cm (0.5″) apart, one half then the other
- Repeat with second piece of paper
- Pinch together at center
- Wrap firmly with pipe cleaner and twist to secure, bend pipe cleaner to resemble antennae
- Open up wings and flatten edges to hold wing shape open
- Make as many as you like in assorted colours
- Thread twine/ribbon through center of butterfly bodies
All done. Enjoy!
Emma was delighted when she saw the garland, it would have been perfect as a decoration for her Flower Garden Birthday Party.
I think we’ll keep it up through winter, nothing like a reminder that Spring will eventually arrive to keep your mood up.