How to Make a Pleated Paper Butterfly

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February 22, 2017

Pleated Paper Butterfly - four completed butterfliesIt won't take you more than a few minutes to make a paper butterfly and you can make it any size you like. The result is spectacularly pretty considering how simple they are to make and would make a great addition for a craft fair stall or charity sale.


Total Time: 5 - 10 minutes


  • 1 square of paper
  • 1 piece of cord or ribbon for hanging
  • scissors
Pleated Paper Butterfly - supplies


  1. Fold the paper in half and cut along the fold.
  2. Pleated Paper Butterfly - fold paper in half and cut along the fold
  3. Make concertina folds all along the length of one piece. Don't worry too much about accuracy as long as you have them reasonably straight.
  4. Pleated Paper Butterfly - Make concertina folds all along the length of one piece.
    Pleated Paper Butterfly - in process
    Pleated Paper Butterfly - completed folds
  5. Fold the second piece in half lengthways.
  6. Pleated Paper Butterfly - folding second piece of paper in half lengthwise
    Pleated Paper Butterfly - lengthwise fold
  7. Turn the four corners in to the centre fold on the wrong side.
  8. Pleated Paper Butterfly - fold four corners to the center on wrong side of paper

  9. Turn back to the right side.
  10. Pleated Paper Butterfly - flip over to right side
  11. Concertina fold one side then the other.
  12. Pleated Paper Butterfly - concertina fold one side
    Pleated Paper Butterfly - then fold the other
  13. So now you have 2 pieces that look like this.
  14. Pleated Paper Butterfly - folded papers
  15. Bend them both in half.
  16. Pleated Paper Butterfly - bend both pieces in half
  17. Place one above the other to make a butterfly and tie the cord around the middle.
  18. Pleated Paper Butterfly - place one piece above the other to make butterfly shape
    Pleated Paper Butterfly - tie pieces together

  19. Stretch out the pleats.
  20. Pleated Paper Butterfly - stretch out the pleats
  21. Some ideas for your butterfly are to hang it around the home, on a cupboard handle, over a mirror, in your car or on your handbag. You can also use it to decorate a wrapped gift or put it in your hair.
  22. Pleated Paper Butterfly - hang from car mirror
    Pleated Paper Butterfly - hang on purse
    Pleated Paper Butterfly - hang around your home
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