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Paper Quilling: How to Make Quilled Butterflies and Flowers

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Paper Quilling Butterflies and Flowers

What's paper quilling? Paper quilling is a therapeutic activity. Like most art and craft activities, it requires you to spend time planning and using 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:

How to Make a Butterfly

Here is how you can make 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 the 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 husking leaves around the butterfly to create a masterpiece. It's that easy!

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!

Questions & Answers

Question: Where's the flower part of this tutorial?

Answer: You can check out the links in the above article or go to this link here:

© 2012 lady rain


Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on December 27, 2015:

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.

shazna on April 08, 2014:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 28, 2012:

drosostalitsa, thank you for stopping by and voting :)

drosostalitsa from Greece on December 28, 2012:

They are beautiful! Thank you so much!

Voted up

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 28, 2012:

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

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on September 27, 2012:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 27, 2012:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 27, 2012:

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

Claudia Porter on September 27, 2012:

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

Shrikrishna Potdar from Bangalore on September 27, 2012:

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 :)

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 26, 2012:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 26, 2012:

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!

moonlake from America on September 26, 2012:

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

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on September 26, 2012:

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!