Gorgeous Glitter Paper Butterfly Decorations
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.
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.
Steps to Make These Paper Designs
- Cut or punch lots of the same butterfly design from paper. Use a large punch, a die cutting machine or trace around a stencil.
- You need a minimum of 3 pieces to make each finished design and 4 or 5 for a lovely layered embellishment.
- 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.
- Cut two pieces of twine or thin cord to make the antennae. Stick these to one paper butterfly with a glue gun.
- 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.
- 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
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, 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
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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