Frilly tissue paper butterflies are a beautiful decoration for summer and spring! In this quick paper craft DIY, we show an easy technique to create colourful and elegant butterflies using tissue paper and pipe cleaner. This project is great to do with kids, and, combined with paper flowers, you can create gorgeous wall arrangements.
Watch our step-by-step video and learn how to craft gorgeous tissue paper butterflies!
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This tutorial is part of our Belton Butterfly series, which we created to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. We’re incredibly grateful for all the support we have received and we invite you to take a look at these fun posts and tutorials:
Tissue Paper Butterflies
Our tissue paper butterflies are as quick to make as they’re lovely to look at.
- tissue paper
- thin wire
- pipe cleaner
- craft scissors
1) Cut and fold the paper
To make the wings, cut out 8 squares of tissue paper. You can make the square in various sizes, a size guide is listed below the video. Use different colours to create gradient effects. Neatly stack the paper squares so that all edges align and accordion fold the sheets in 1 1/2 cm increments (1/2 in).
Tip: To save time, cut multiple squares all at once.
Size guide for the paper squares
Small: 18 cm x 18 cm / 7 in x 7 in
Medium: 25 cm x 25 cm / 10 in x 10 in
Large: 35 cm x 35 cm / 14 in x 14 in
2) Customise the wings
Fold in half and use thin wire or thread to secure the butterfly in the middle. Customise the wings by cutting the edges of the folds into fringes, rounded or pointed shapes.
3) Open the wings
Open the butterfly by gently separating the different sheets. Arrange and fluff the wings to your liking.
4) Make the butterfly body
Fold a piece of pipe cleaner into a V-shape, and curl the ends around a pencil to form feelers. Twist the bottom of the body once. Then place the paper wings in the middle and twist the pipe cleaner one more time to secure the butterfly’s body in place. Use tape or ribbon to hang the tissue paper butterflies.
Materials: tissue paper, pipe cleaner
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