Gorgeous Glitter Paper Butterfly Decorations

Updated on August 7, 2017
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Marie (aka CraftyMarie) has written hundreds of craft pages across the Internet. She writes many fun tutorials mostly for adult crafters.

Gorgeous glitter paper butterfly decorations and embellishments for cards and crafts can be made at home
Gorgeous glitter paper butterfly decorations and embellishments for cards and crafts can be made at home | Source

Create Your Own Luxury Hand Crafted Butterfly Embellishments and Decorations

There are lots of sweet embellishments and decorations that you can get for your crafting projects such as making your own cards, scrapbooking and adorning and beautifying your home. Store bought designs can be gorgeous but, to be honest, it is even more satisfying to make your own butterfly decorations – and luckily it’s not all that hard to do either.

These pretty winged creatures can be made really very inexpensively just by using simple materials such as paper, scrap pieces of fabric, felt, foam sheets and by recycling items that you have already in the home. You can even use materials such as magazine pages, newsprint and pages removed from unwanted books in order to be green and to keep the costs down and to an absolute minimum.

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Layered Paper Butterflies are Fun to Make

My favorite way to make my own butterflies is to use paper. I love paper crafting and so have many different patterned designs of scrapbook papers to work with. However, if you don’t have much of a collection, you learn to use what you do have available instead which may mean recycling gift wrap, candy wrappers, product packaging, leaflets and even paper bags.

When you realize how easy this whole technique is, you can create these layered beauties quite quickly. It is faster if you make them in batches and complete several at a time and this is certainly useful for making your own embellishments for cards, tags, gift toppers and boxes. The dimensional element certainly adds to the luxury look and styling of these designs.

How to Make 3D Layered Paper Butterflies with Glitter Edging
How to Make 3D Layered Paper Butterflies with Glitter Edging | Source

Make These Amazing 3D Versions!

See How to Make These Gorgeous 3D Paper Butterflies with my detailed, step by step photo tutorial which walks you through the whole process.

Photo Tutorial

Steps to Make These Paper Designs

  1. Cut or punch lots of the same butterfly design from paper. Use a large butterfly punch, a die cutting machine or trace around a stencil.
  2. You need a minimum of 3 pieces to make each finished design and 4 or 5 for a lovely layered embellishment.
  3. Use a glue pen to draw around the edges of each piece of cut paper and sprinkle over some extra fine glitter powder. Shake off the stray glitter and allow each piece to dry.
  4. Cut two pieces of twine or thin cord to make the antennae. Stick these to one paper butterfly with a glue gun.
  5. Place some glue down just the middle of a butterfly and then stick another layer on top. Repeat this with however many paper pieces you have for your butterfly.
  6. Once the glue is all dry, push up the wings and spread them out to make the whole piece have a lovely 3D feel to it.

Making Up Butterfly Design Templates

Being able to create your own templates for your beautiful winged projects means that you can create the exact size and style that you want, from small designs which are useful for tags, handmade cards and scrapbook projects to large designs suitable for striking and decorative wall art and unique party decorations.

Luckily making your own templates is not as hard as you may think. I can show you a number of really useful methods for making your own and you don’t need to be great at drawing or much of an artist either. If you really don’t enjoy cutting and scissor work or if you just want a machine that can do the hard work for you, then consider using shaped paper punches or a craft cutter machine like a Cricut or a Sizzix.

Cut or Punch out Butterflies and Stick Them Together

Even simple little punched butterflies can be layered up in an interesting way to make pretty decorations like these
Even simple little punched butterflies can be layered up in an interesting way to make pretty decorations like these

You need to keep in mind the fact that even large punches only produce small shapes and some of the biggest I’ve seen only make butterflies that are around 2 inches in size which isn’t all that big and it can be hard to get all that inventive with turning these small punch outs into anything special in terms of embellishments or decorations. Certainly for three dimensional and layered designs like the ones I’ve made, you need a minimum of 3-4 inches in width to make them work.

By using a good cutting machine like a Cricut, it is possible to cut larger pieces and certainly larger than you’d get with hand punches. So these are a more viable option if you don’t want to or are unable to cut out your own little winged beauties by hand.

Another option is to look on an auction site like eBay or perhaps even over at etsy where you might be able to get hold of some pre-cut shapes. Once you have a basic paper butterfly to work with, you can decorate them with pens, paints, glitter, stickers, pencils, flat backed rhinestones and more for your craft projects.

Turning Your Plain Bugs into Winged Beauties

If the base of your shape is created from some beautiful or interesting looking paper or material, then you will need to work less hard to create something that looks amazing. There are all kinds of beautiful looking scrapbook papers and some come textured, flocked or with glitter which adds to a look of luxury. If you cut your own shapes, you have the bonus of picking the exact style of paper, the patterns and the colors that you want.

To make these insects even more unique, you can cut them from your own creations. Any blank page can be transformed with paint, by doodling and drawing over the top and even by rubber stamping. You can use a small rubber stamped design like a flower to make repeat patterns over a blank sheet and then use that as the base paper for your butterflies.

It does not take much to turn a plain paper shape into something quite beautiful and also suitable for using as items and decorations to adorn crafts and even your home décor. There are many ways to enhance your cut out shape and you can turn to stickers, flat backed gems, brads, buttons, bits of ribbon and more to create a stunning embellishment.

Butterfly Card Made with Die Cut Design

Pretty butterfly handmade card design made with the Texture Fades Folder Sizzix Bigz Die
Pretty butterfly handmade card design made with the Texture Fades Folder Sizzix Bigz Die

Add a Bit of Sparkle with Glitter

A little bit of glitter can really turn something plain looking and quite ordinary into something rather special. You can use glitter glues which are good fun although they can wrinkle paper if you use too much and it gets very wet – the trick is to use just a dab which requires a steady hand. Stickles glitter glues are my favorite wet ones to use and are easier to apply since they come with a tiny nozzle.

But for the ultimate shine, extra fine glitter powders are really hard to beat. These are gorgeous powders and you only need a small amount for quite a wow effect. They generally come in small little containers which don’t look like much but this stuff goes a long way providing you collect unused pieces up with something like a tidy tray that allows you to brush them straight back into the jar they came out of. In fact, if you’re using these glitters, I recommend getting yourself a tidy tray because it makes it so much easier to keep the rest of your home safe from the sparkles.

Glue pens like the Zig variety are the type that I use to stick the glitter onto the finished project with. The benefit of a pen design is that you can draw out a design quite easily like swirls and circles that the glitter can stick to.

Extra fine powder glitters are premium glitters and the absolute BEST I've ever come across for adding in a real shine and sparkle. They are worth using for special cards, gifts and projects like special celebration birthdays, weddings and where you need to make a real impact.

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    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      5 years ago from British Columbia

      These butterflies are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how to make them.

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      5 years ago

      I love how really pretty the resulting designs are!

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      Daphne D. Lewis 

      5 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      These a beautiful! I'm already thinking of different ways to use these.

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Beautiful. I love butterflies.

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I want to try this 3d butterfly on my own

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      These butterflies are just lovely. I don't work too much with paper, but these are really inspiring me.

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you, that is very kind. I have fun making tutorials and I hope other people can have fun making the crafts :)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Not very craft but your tutorials make everything look simple and beautiful. I should try (I have a few of you tutorial on my favorite so I can try some when I get some free time with the kids)

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @CarmellaMaeDunkin: That's fantastic - I hope your Sunday School class enjoys making these. Thanks for letting me know :)

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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      They look very pretty - nice for birthday cards, which I like to make myself

    • CarmellaMaeDunkin profile image


      5 years ago

      I will be making these with my Sunday School class, they are going to LOVE these!!! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful butterflies!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very pretty butterflies and great tutorial! :)

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Your creation is very elegant and this is an excellent instructable. I could see doing this.

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      5 years ago

      Just gotta love anything that includes glitter. Cool flutterbys!

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      They are so lovely. i can see doing it in quantity for a present wrapping project. Wonderful!

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Glenda Motsavage: Oh that is so sweet that you would try this for your best friend - you are lucky to have such a strong friendship like that. How beautiful :)

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @gottaloveit2: I hope that brought up some sweet memories of your dear Mom for you. I bet your handmade pottery is a fitting tribute. Thank you for your visit.

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      Lucy Bieri 

      5 years ago from Switzerland

      They look beautiful. I can see you have fun in what you. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      Perhaps for a party.

    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image


      5 years ago from New York

      These butterflies would be a great rainy afternoon craft to do with kids. Thanks for the tutorial.

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      Robin S 

      5 years ago from USA

      Very pretty! I just might give this a try.

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      Glenda Motsavage 

      5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Gorgeous! I especially love the vintage paper you used. I'm not a crafty person but my best friend loves butterflies, so I would be willing to try this craft in order to bless her! Thanks for the tutorial.

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      Wendy Hughes 

      5 years ago from Charlotte

      I was just thinking about this paper craft. It's fabulous for a 3D effect on blahzay walls.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 

      5 years ago

      Love butterflies but have no one but these pesky boys around! Need granddaughters I guess. These are beautiful.

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      5 years ago

      What a great idea and so pretty! This would be great for a lot of things like wrapping paper embellishments, a card or a wall decoration! Wonderful craft!

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      We all love butterflies. Yours are especially nice. I love the simple white top layer.

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      5 years ago

      Butterflies remind me of my darling Mom who had a butterfly clip in her hair the last 6 years of her life. I just today used it in a pottery piece I'm making. Thanks for the memories.

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful! A lovely way of spending some time. My eldest granddaughter would love this too.

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      6 years ago from chichester

      These are beautiful, I have family coming over who have young children and I'm going to try this with them. Thanks so much for the idea and the how-to!

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      6 years ago

      These butterfly crafts are just lovely! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      6 years ago

      love this, thanks!

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Yes I love butterfly crafts. Great lens, very cute butterflies.

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      6 years ago

      gorgeous! and a perfect spring activity!

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      6 years ago

      By looking at the poll results, I'd say lots of folks enjoyed this as much as I did. It's the perfect project ~ low budget, low effort, highly elegant result... You bet I'll be trying it ~ thanks!

      The importance of 'wrapping' a gift is mentioned in my recently featured ad on gift lenses. Forgot to copy the URL before starting this comment, but go to yoursfoolie & you'll find it...

      Best regards; hope your weekend's as great as your page, here...

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Susan Zutautas: Oh, stained glass butterflies sound fantastic. Now that's a project. Thank you, Susan.

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @favored: Butterflies are especially fun to make for spring and summer. Thank you.

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @VioletteRose LM: Great. I love it if my crafts inspire people. Thanks for your comment.

    • Craftymarie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you :)

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      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      Really, really beautiful!

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      VioletteRose LM 

      6 years ago

      They look so pretty, I would love to do this :) Thanks for sharing

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Looks like a fun project and one that kids can do. Great for spring and summer activities.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are beautiful! I love butterflies and I make stained glass butterflies. I would love to try to make these paper ones though. Very pretty!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      6 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Nice tutorial. Butterflies are fun!

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      6 years ago

      These are beautiful Marie!!!

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You do such amazingly beautiful work! I'm not very crafty these days so I probably won't try them, but I'll certainly recommend your method to others. Gorgeous job, Marie!


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