The theme of my daughter’s sixth birthday was butterflies. I had a design in my mind. My design involved some sort of butterfly in the center of white paper pinwheels. I also wanted pink butterflies to attach to the napkins. This vision led to a shopping experience for the perfect butterfly. I never found it. On my search, one of the stores pointed out a miniature folded butterfly sticker. I liked the concept and design, but the papers used didn’t match my colors. However, seeing these, I knew I could recreate the idea. Therefore, I came up with a folded paper butterfly pattern and set to work. Today I get to teach you how to make a folded paper butterfly. I will provide you with a template for free and even include a quick video tutorial.
These butterflies are fun and easy to make. My kids even had fun making their own. With a little help, even my 4 year old son could do it. It would make an enjoyable kid craft, decoration or component of a lesson on butterflies.
Materials Needed to Make a Folded Paper Butterfly
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- Free Printable Large Butterfly Template or Small Butterfly Template
- Patterned Paper
- Floral Wire
How to Make a Folded Paper Butterfly
- Print out the free template in the size you want, trace onto paper and cut out the shape.
- Fan fold the butterfly back and forth until completely folded.
- Find the center of the folded paper and cut out a triangular notch.
- Cut a length of wire. Leaving a small loop at the bottom. Twist a bit of the wire around itself.
- Wrap the wire around the center of the butterfly, and twist the top of the wire around itself a small length to secure the paper in place.
- Trim wire to length, leaving enough left over to make the antennas.
- Using a pencil, fold the end of the wire around the tip to create the rounded antennas.
Have fun making these with your kids!
How did we use these for the party? I added them to the center of these pinwheels. If you need a pinwheel tutorial, you can find one here. We also used them for the napkin decoration, but I’ll share that when I share more of the actual party post.