I made these tissue paper butterfly decorations for my children’s joint Nature Play Birthday Party, along with some tissue paper flowers. They looked really effective, I could make them all in advance and they are easy to transport if you have an outdoor party like we did. All you need is a pair of scissors, tissue paper and a pipe cleaner. You don’t even need a party to be happening to make these, they are so adorable and so easy even the kids would have fun making them as a craft project.
Step 1 Concertina Fold
Cut a sheet of tissue paper into three long strips length ways. Layer 6 strips together for a nice fluffy butterfly. Stack your sheets together and concertina fold from the short end.
Step 2 Fold in Half
Fold your finished concertina in half
Step 3 Shape the Ends
Use your scissors to cut a nice round shape on either end. I cut a double arch, it is up to you how you want your wings to look.
Step 4 Tie with Pipe Cleaner
Tie the butterfly across the centre fold with a pipe cleaner, this helps hold the sheets together and you curl the ends to make the antennae.
Step 5 Open Wings Up
Spread the layers out to open the wing span up.
Step 6 Separate Layers
Gently separate your layers to create a nice fluffy butterfly. When you have teased each layer apart you can gently shape your butterfly wings.
These butterflies have held up really well for such a delicate paper. After the party they were stuck onto a sunhat for crazy hat day at school and have been thrown around the house as the girls play.
You may also like to check out my Rainbow Pom Pom Tutorial or how to make Tissue Paper Flowers to go with these butterflies. Or find out about the Nature Play Birthday Party I used these tissue paper butterflies for.
What will you be using yours for?
Did you ever do a crazy hat day at school?
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