Create This Butterfly Card From a Template

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This Paper Art butterfly card is made with a fabric style for that special person who loves sewing. It's perfect to give to someone who sews, embroiders or works with fabrics in their Papercrafts.

It makes a great Mother's Day Card!


  • Butterfly template or draw your own
  • 10" x 14' card-stock paper
  • 4" x 5" light pink card-stock paper (half sheet)
  • 4" x 5" "subtle" patterned paper (half sheet)
  • 4" x 5" plaid patterned paper (half sheet)
  • Embroidery Thread
  • 2 Large buttons
  • 2 medium buttons
  • 14 small buttons


  • Memory thread
  • Tack-It glue
  • Double sided scrap-booking tape
  • Toothpicks


  • Scissors

Let's get started . . .

  • Print out the butterfly template or draw your own, with an easy step-by-step tutorial.
  • Cut around the template (fold in half and then cut, then you only have to cut out one side).

Cut out the butterfly from the patterned paper . . .

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  • Fold patterned paper in half.
  • Place folded butterfly template on the fold of the patterned paper.
  • Trace the Right wing, as shown.
  • Cut it out.

Cut a second butterfly out of the light pink card-stock and set aside.

Cut apart the butterfly wing to make templates for the embellishments . . .

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Carefully cut out the following elements from the Right wing:

  • 1 Body
  • 2 Ovals
  • 1 each of outside edges

Note: Keep the Left wing in tact which will allow you to use the butterfly design for reference when placing embellishments on the wings.

Cut out the small embellishment pieces. . .

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  • Fold the plaid paper in half.
  • Trace the pieces.
  • Cut out.

You will need two of each piece, except for the body where you only need one.

Tip: Fold the plaid paper to where there is a purple strip on both sides and place the templates over this strip to get some purple in all of your pieces.

Glue the plaid embellishment pieces. . .

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  • Glue the outer edges and the body.

Note: A good glue to use is Aleene's Tack-It glue for all of the gluing on this butterfly card except for when adhering the butterfly to the card-stock (double-sided scrapbooking tape works best for that).

Tack-It is one of my favorite glues to use for paper art projects. It is repositionable for a short time, then it bonds extremely well without making the paper hard and stiff.

Thread each button . . .

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  • Thread the buttons with embroidery thread

Bring the thread up and back down through the holes, repeat to get the cross look on the top.

Glue a second thread onto the buttons that will represent the "veins" . . .

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Glue a second piece of thread on the underside of the following buttons:

  • 2 medium pink buttons 
  • 2 small dark pink buttons.

Secure the buttons and thread . . .

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  • Glue the buttons in their respective place (Follow the butterfly design from the Left wing).
  • Cut the thread, leaving it long enough to fit under the plaid paper.
  • Carefully lift up the plaid paper and squeeze some glue under the edge where the thread is to go. 
  • Push the thread under the edge so the ends cannot be seen and press down to adhere.

For the remaining buttons:

Tie the thread on the backside of the 2 large buttons and the remaining 12 dark pink buttons.

  • After tying, cut the thread short.
  • Place a dab of glue on the backs to hold each knot.
  • Glue each button in its respective place on the wings.

Glue the four plaid oval pieces on the wings.

Make the butterfly card antennas . . .

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There are so many things to make antennas out of. These are made from memory thread and curled.

  • Thread onto two small buttons.
  • Twist the thread to make a braided effect.
  • Wrap the twisted threadaround a toothpick.
  • Slide the toothpick out and you'll have a curly antenna.

Tear the paper for the top of the card embellishment. . .

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  • Tear a 7" and a 3 1/2" strip of plaid paper, giving it a torn look.
  • Place the 7" piece across the top front of the card.

Tip: Using the same plaid paper in three different places on the card adds cohesiveness and creates a pleasing design, which is important for all paper arts. The plaid is repeated in the following four places:

  1. Edges of the wings 
  2. The body
  3. Strip on top front of the card
  4. Strip on inside of card

Glue the inside of the butterfly card . . .

handmade butterfly card
  • Glue the pink butterfly on the inside.

Use double sided tape and glue on the inside of the 5" x 7" card.

Tip: Use the same color of light pink for the larger buttons on the front as for the solid butterfly that's on the inside. This repetition of color adds cohesiveness which makes it pleasing to the eye when this Papercraft butterfly card is opened.

  • Glue the plaid strip of paper across the butterfly wing.

Note: It's a good idea to use double sided scrapbooking tape to glue both of the butterflies on the card because the Tack-It glue can squeeze out from under the edges causing a mess on the card's surface.

Finishing your Papercrafts handmade butterfly card . . .

handmade butterfly card
  • Glue the butterfly to the front of your card with double sided tape (do not glue the head down yet).
  • Glue the end of the antennas under the head (this will at the same time glue down the head).
  • Place a drop of glue under the antenna tips to hold them in place.
  • That's it!

Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!


~~~Samantha Mariah

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