How To: Paper Butterfly Garland

How to make: Paper Butterfly Garland
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
To hang
twine, thin ribbon or yarn
make butterfly - you will need

How to:

  1. Fold paper in half diagonally to make a triangle
  2. Working from center line out make zig zag folds about 1cm (0.5″) apart, one half then the other
    paper butterfly folding instructions
  3. Repeat with second piece of paper
  4. Pinch together at center
  5. Wrap firmly with pipe cleaner and twist to secure, bend pipe cleaner to resemble antennae
  6. Open up wings and flatten edges to hold wing shape open
    orange butterfly
    colored paper butterflies
  7. Make as many as you like in assorted colours
  8. Thread twine/ribbon through center of butterfly bodies
    how to thread butterfly garland
    All done. Enjoy!
    Paper butterfly garland decoration
    Butterfly garland and saucer chair
    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.


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