Thursday, March 2, 2017

Paper Butterfly Decorations

Well, spring keeps trying to show its face here in the Chicago area. The tulips are pushing up, my lilacs look as if they intend to leaf out, and I even saw some snowdrops in the area the other day, even though it was still February.

So, in the spirit of spring, I decided to check out some spring crafts. Paper butterflies, that is. The ones I made look like this (note that while these were easy and quick to make, if you were able to examine them closely, you'd see that I did have to tape a couple of them in strategic places). I think they might be nice if I punched holes in the tops of the wings, threaded some ribbon through and created a butterfly banner. I might try that next.
paper butterflies

Here's the video with the instructions. It's pretty short and easy to follow, but of course, I had to pause it and rerun some parts several times. The important thing to remember is when you fold up that very last part, the bottom wings will curl under slightly (that's the way it is supposed to be). Don't try to make it flat. If you do, you won't have enough material to bring up and over for that final step, and you won't get that lovely 3D effect. (I'm not sure what size paper she was using in the video. All of mine except for one were 6 x 6 inches).

Here's another butterfly that's even simpler to make. I think these would look nice if there were a lot of them and they were hanging from the ceiling.

So...just a little something to tide us all over until spring is here in earnest.

Have a wonderful day!



Laney4 said...

Cute (AND easy to do)! Thanks.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

You're welcome. I love it when I can find something that doesn't have a thousand steps and that can be done without special supplies.