Paper Projects -

Make Paper Butterflies!

These little paper butterflies are super cute and super easy! Roxie had a blast putting this together with me (Aryn) one rainy day. You could make a bunch of them and hang them from strings to make a little mobile, or tack them up on a wall in a group, or just make one to brighten your desk. Whatever you decide, have fun crafting! Isn’t paper the best?!


• Pretty paper (we found slightly thicker paper – like printer paper – is better than origami paper for this, but the origami paper is nice because it’s already perfectly square!) We got our lovely paper from Cardboard Robot in Decorah! The patterned paper is wrapping paper, and the solid paper is origami paper.

• Scissors

• Glue (optional)

Cut your paper into a rough square (if it’s not already in squares)

Fold one corner up to form a triangle and trim the excess paper off the edges.

Open it up and fold the opposite corner up to form another triangle. Trim excess paper.

Open it up again, and turn it so you can see the X. Fold one side up into a rectangle.

Open it up and turn it 90 degrees, then fold up into a rectangle again.

Flip it so the point faces up. You’re going to be folding IN (inverting) these two corners I’m pointing to.

Invert the fold on one side, and the other.

So it looks like this!

Now keep that point on the left, and fold the bottom point up to make a smaller triangle.

It’ll look like this! Keep that point on the left, and round off the top point.

Open it back up one fold. It’ll look like this!

Take these two corners – just the front pieces, not the back – and fold them down into the center.

Like this!

Now grab that bottom tip and roll it backward.

Until just the tip is sticking out above the top.

Fold that tip down over the front. Make a strong crease. This is the butterfly’s head!

Then fold the whole thing in half, starting the crease at the butterfly’s head.

Give it a squeeze! This will help keep the folds all together. (It will open up back again after the squeeze – it’s almost done!)

If you want to give your butterfly antennae, grab a couple of those trimmed paper scraps.

Tuck them in next to the head (a little drop of glue or swipe of glue stick before you tuck it in wouldn’t hurt to help keep it in place), and trim to your desired length.

And you’re done! Isn’t it cute? Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!