Paper Butterfly Tutorial

 You’ll need:

Patterned Paper (I used one sided regular weight paper)


Bone folder

Ribbon/ twine/ raffia

Pen to trace template

Step 1: create your template: you can use a compass if you want the circle part to be perfect or trace something round such as as a small glass or lid. You can make this in any size. I just did mine freehand.

Step 2: next cut out your template and trace it onto your patterned paper. Cut the shape out of the patterned paper.

Step 3: Fold the entire shape in little accordion folds. Use a bone folder to make the folds sharp. If you have one of those handy little paper crimpers, that would work really well here too. (I wish I still had mine!)

Step 4: tie a piece of ribbon or rafia around the center of the shape, then pull all the edges out to create the butterfly!

This is quick and easy and it’s a great way to use up scraps of paper!

About Jessica Acs

Originally from Victoria BC, Canada, I'm now living in Chicago IL. I mostly just make mini albums now, and I’m the author of Memory Makers Book: “Outstanding Mini Albums”, 2009. I am a Certified Ranger Educator and I previously taught classes in Vancouver BC, as well as at Scrapbooking Conventions around the USA. I'm also an Exotic Animal Trainer/ Wildlife Educator and with my husband we do educational live animal shows for schools, parties and events. We literally have a small zoo at our home, with over 70 different animals. To add even more excitement to our lives, we recently became new parents when we welcomed our baby girl, Ava, in July 2012. As well as here at Homeketeers, I can be found over on my other 2 sites: and

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