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Colorful Paper Butterflies Craft

Take a paperback book page, paint it with a few colors and let it dry, cut out the shapes and then glue it all together. That is how easy this project is. Each butterfly is an original and would look great decorating a wall or door.



Paper Butterflies Craft
Each butterfly is a unique work of art.


For one butterfly you will need:

- paperback book page
- color colors of choice of acrylic paints
- old and worthless plastic card similar to a credit card
- scissors
- butterfly template (see link below)
- black marker to outline

Recommended for ages 9 and above

Craft Template:

Butterfly Template 100

Butterfly Template


Paper Butterflies Tutorial 1
1. Make sure you have something on your table to protect it from paint. Then place a few drops of the acrylic paint onto the paperback book page in random spaces.

Paper Butterflies Tutorial 2
2. Then swipe the card over the page. Continue in different directions to cover the whole page. Try not to mix the colors too often or they will look muddy. Let the page dry. If excess paint is still on your card, swipe it onto a second page so you will not waste the paint.

Paper Butterflies Tutorial 3
3. Once dry, then turn the book page over and place the templates onto it and trace arond the shapes. Cut the shapes out and bend each one in the middle to crease it. Then glue the smaller wing on the larger one at the crease and afterwards the body onto the smaller wing at the crease. Let the glue dry and then bend the smaller wings upwards as needed to give the butterfly a 3-D look to it.




Colorful Paper Butterflies
The more the merrier.

Example of Paper Butterfly
The shows you how a butterfly looks closer up.




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