Paper Quilling: How to Make Quilled Butterflies and Flowers

Updated on February 27, 2018
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Quilling paper art
Quilling paper art | Source

Paper Quilling Butterflies and Flowers

Paper quilling is a therapeutic activity. Like most art and craft activities, it requires you to spend time planning and to use your creativity to dream up beautiful artwork.

Flowers and butterflies are a great representation of happiness and liveliness. We are going to work on butterflies first. In this tutorial, you will learn to make butterflies that complement quilled flowers.

Parts of a Butterfly

A butterfly has the following body parts:

  • Head
  • Wings
  • Thorax
  • Abdomen
  • Proboscis
  • Antennae
  • Legs

We're not recreating insect anatomy here, so some of the smaller body parts can be omitted in our quilling designs. We want to make our quilled butterflies as adorable and pretty as possible.

If you have yet to learn paper quilling, you can find basic quilling instructions below:

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Parts to make the basic butterfly.A quilled butterfly.Parts for creating side profile of a butterfly.Quilled butterfly and flowers.
Parts to make the basic butterfly.
Parts to make the basic butterfly. | Source
A quilled butterfly.
A quilled butterfly. | Source
Parts for creating side profile of a butterfly.
Parts for creating side profile of a butterfly. | Source
Quilled butterfly and flowers.
Quilled butterfly and flowers. | Source

How to Make a Butterfly

Making a Basic Butterfly

What You'll Need:

  • Colored Quilling Paper: You only need a few strips.
  • Quilling Tool
  • Glue
  • Quilling Board (optional): A quilling board can help you create same-size coils.

Our butterfly will have six parts: four wings and two antennae. You may add more parts if you want to create your own design later on.

  1. Make two large coils and two small coils for the wings.
  2. Shape the wings and arrange them to form the shape of a butterfly.
  3. Use two small strips of quilling paper for the antennae.
  4. Apply a small amount of glue to hold all the pieces together.

Making a Butterfly's Side Profile

Here is another simple butterfly design that requires two wings, the abdomen, and antennae.

  1. Make one large coil and one small coil.
  2. Shape the coils by pressing or pinching them.
  3. Make a crescent-shaped coil for the abdomen. Slightly curl two small strips of paper to make the antennae. Arrange the coils to form the shape of a butterfly and glue the pieces together. Add some quilled fringed flowers, wheatear coil, and huskings leaves around the butterfly to create a masterpiece. It's that easy!

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Different coils and colours
Different coils and colours | Source
Different coils
Different coils | Source
Quilled butterflies and coils
Quilled butterflies and coils | Source
Quilled butterflies and coils
Quilled butterflies and coils | Source
Quilled butterflies
Quilled butterflies | Source

More Ways to Make Butterflies

Use your own creativity and imagination for your quilling projects and designs. Here are a few ideas you can try:

  • Incorporate different colours for the coils by using several strips of quilling paper with multicolors and shades.
  • Change the sizes and shapes of the coils by using quilling paper strips of different widths and lengths.

You will be amazed at what you can do with a bundle of quilling paper strips combined with your own creativity!

Butterflies, shapes and coils!
Butterflies, shapes and coils! | Source

Questions & Answers

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    Susan Hazelton 

    4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    You make it seem so easy. The butterflies and flowers are so pretty. I think I need to take out my quilling supplies and try again.

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    6 years ago

    this is awesome i think now i can improve my paper quilling skills

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    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    drosostalitsa, thank you for stopping by and voting :)

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    7 years ago from Greece

    They are beautiful! Thank you so much!

    Voted up

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    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    Sharkye11, great idea - I should work on that wreath too! Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment.

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    Jayme Kinsey 

    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Wow!! Very beautiful butterflies! They are so bright and cheerful. These would be great on an Easter wreath!

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    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    Glimmer Twin Fan, I hope you are able to come up with butterflies on your quilts, I would love to see them :)

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    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    Shrikrishnap, thank you, I hope you get to make some of these butterflies. Enjoy the quilling!

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    Claudia Mitchell 

    7 years ago

    So lovely! The colors are so incredible! I would love to translate something like this to the quilts I make.

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    Shrikrishna Potdar 

    7 years ago from Bangalore

    Wow very beautiful Hub. This is one of best forms of being more and more creative. Excellent butterflies. I will definitely like to try this.

    lady Rain Thanks for such beautiful hubs. I am going through all other hubs very soon :)

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    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    moonlake, thank you for your lovely comment and voting. I'm glad you like my hub :)

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    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    algarveview, paper quilling is a great activity for both crafty adults and children. I am sure you and your little girl will enjoy making the butterflies and flowers. Thank you for leaving a comment and voting, cheers!

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    7 years ago from America

    Very pretty love them. They don't look to hard to do. Enjoyed your hub voted uP!

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    Joana e Bruno 

    7 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

    Hello, Lady Rain, such beautiful butterflies and flowers, lovely idea, I think my little girl would just love to do some... Great activity for these rainy days... Loved it... Voted up and interesting, sharing and pinning! Take care!


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