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Pretty Paper Butterflies: 20+ Butterfly Crafts

Learn how to make a butterfly out of paper for DIY cards, home decor, and more.

By: Laura Plack, Editor, AllFreePaperCrafts.com

Butterflies are magnificent, beautiful, flying insects that are often associated with the spring season. These pretty creatures are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts and are also a huge inspiration for paper crafters. Find fabulous crafts inspired by these insects in our collection of Pretty Paper Butterflies: 20+ Butterfly Crafts. From homemade cards to DIY decor to scrapbook layout embellishments, there is a butterfly craft for everyone in this fun spring collection.

Prepare to have your emotions all aflutter with excitement over these gorgeous paper craft ideas. These easy paper crafts are sweet, stylish, and festive for the spring season. Whether you want to decorate a lamp shade, make a cute DIY gift, or give a thoughtful homemade card, there is a project for you in this collection. Butterflies are beautiful, radiant creatures, so it is only fitting that we have grouped these projects into this lovely collection of stunning DIY butterfly crafts.

ALSO! Learn how to make the cutest recycled toilet paper roll butterflies in this video tutorial below! These fluttery crafts are great after school or summer projects for the kids and, with this helpful video, super easy to make!

How to Make a Card with Butterflies

Butterfly Shaker Card

Spread your love of butterflies around with a thoughtful homemade card. Below you'll find a variety of card making ideas that all incorporate beautiful butterflies.

With a variety of colors and styles, you are sure to find out how to make a card that fits your needs with these precious butterfly crafts.

Butterfly Home Decor Crafts

Fluttering Butterfly Lampshade Redo

So, you are looking for home decor crafts for spring? Look no further than these DIY butterfly designs.

From lamps to jars to wall hangings, there is something for everyone in this collection of butterfly crafts.

Paper Quilled Butterflies

Fluttering Quilled Paper Butterfly

Have you ever created a butterfly by quilling paper? It's one of the most popular subjects for paper quilling, especially because you can get so much beautiful and delicate detail, which is perfect for paper butterflies! 

More Butterfly Paper Craft Ideas

Simplest Little Butterfly Tea Bag Gift

If you still have not found the right butterfly craft yet, don't fret. We have plenty more paper craft ideas for you.

Perfect for DIY gifts, scrapbook embellishments, and homemade 3D paper butterfly crafts, these cute little butterfly projects are sure to be your favorite new paper craft tutorials for spring.

What is your favorite butterfly?
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AH. I know the comment contest is over, but I seriously adore the viceroy butterfly. That is all. Wonderful page!

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! It looks like MONARCH BUTTERFLIES are the favorite!! -Krista, Editor

My favorite butterfly is a white butterfly . Because the day of my Mom's services a white butterfly kept flying around her garden as people came to give us there condolences. So any time we see a white butterfly we say "Mom is her".

Hello! You have won the contest. Please expect an email soon! Thanks, Krista, Editor

Monarch butterflies are by far the prettiest. If I was to craft one I love the butterfly summer in a jar

I love Monarch butterflies with their beautiful black, white and orange color combo!

I like all butterflies, but my favorite from these crafts is the Butterfly Summer In A Jar! Great idea!

My favorite is the Monarch, not for its beauty, but because of the strength and perseverance within. It is one of the things I think about when I am challenged. The strength, will, and tenacity it takes to begin the long arduous migration journey is so inspiring. If the butterfly so small and fragile can do this, how much more can I endure.

Black swallowtail butterflies have been a favorite my entire life )

In terms of crafted butterflies, I like the quilled butterflies and the wax paper butterflies. It would be fun to look up butterfly varieties on the net and use pictures to make "true to form" butterflies - correct shape, coloring, markings

My favorite is The Monarch Butterfly . I love the beautiful orange and black colors of this Majestic insect .

Real butterflies are best, but crafted paper butterflies are pretty awesome, too. I'd like to encourage many of them to come to my home from all corners of the universe!

I encourage monarch butterflies to come to my garden every summer.

All butterflies are magnificent ! My favorite by far is the Monarch, so delicate and bright!

I LOVE ALL TYPES OF BUTTERFLIES - BUT THE MONARCH REALLY FASCINATES ME . . ."JD"

My favorite of the craft butterflies is the sparkly quilled one, although I am not sure I could do that one well.

I cant say I have a favorite as I love them all!

I love monarch butterflies.

I love monarch butterflies.

I love swallowtails!

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