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Butterfly Bunting {Handmade}

25/05/2016

Walking through the woods and watching the children chase the butterflies gave me the idea for our new seasonal bunting. We’ve had watercolour hearts up since Valentine’s Day and they’re so pretty that it needed to be something good to displace them.  But butterflies, fluttering across the wall, in all the colours that imagination can bring you, now that had potential.

And after I spent Sunday morning carefully folding tissue paper to make a whole kaleidoscope of butterflies; reality.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

They are incredibly easy to make, Kitty and Elma both had a go, although their butterflies got taken out into the garden to be played with rather than ending up on the bunting.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

And here’s how.

You will need:

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners
Tissue paper squares – I have a block of tissue paper in lots of different colours that is 16cm square so I just used those sheets torn from the pad but you could easily cut them to size or change the size, two for each butterfly.
Pipe cleaners cut to 15cm, one for each butterfly.
String – I used green and white butcher’s twine

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

Take a square of tissue paper and fold it in half diagonally.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

Open it up and starting at one of the points that has just been creased, concertina fold the paper (folding back and forth) using the previous crease to keep your folds going in a straight line across the paper. You want your folds to be about a centimetre wide.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

Repeat with the second sheet of paper.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

Fold the pipe cleaner in half, stack the two paper concertinas on top of each other and slot into the folded pipe cleaner.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

Twist the pipe cleaner to close at the side of the paper, then bend the ends up at 90 degrees and curl the ends to make the antenna.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

Gently open out the tissue paper folds. For the bottom wings open them out all the way but for the top you can be a little more cautious to get the shape you want.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

And there you have a butterfly.

Make however many of them you need and use a large blunt needle to thread them onto the string. If you thread the string through the back of the fold in the pipe cleaner then the butterflies will face down, which would look amazing going across a room, but if you want them to fly along a wall then thread under the top of the pipe cleaner, about half way across. Too far to the front and the butterfly’s wings will struggle to open and too far to the back and it will be flying downhill again.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make butterfly bunting from tissue paper and pipe cleaners

Ours are all the colours of the rainbow and some more besides but these would look so pretty in pastels, or just in variations of the same colour – an entire flight of butterflies in different colours of yellow would be pure sunshine against an English summer, wouldn’t it!

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  • Mums Space 25/05/2016 at 11:16 am

    Wow these look so easy and simple to do! Will definitely put this on my list of things to do with my 3 year old on a rainy day, she would love this 🙂 x

    • Carie 26/05/2016 at 12:39 am

      Go for it – it’s the perfect rainy day in the summer craft!

      • Tess 11/10/2016 at 5:52 pm

        I could read a book about this without finding such real-world apoepachrs!

  • Brandi 25/05/2016 at 5:42 pm

    So cute!

    • Carie 26/05/2016 at 12:41 am

      thank you 🙂

  • sustainablemum 25/05/2016 at 8:40 pm

    I love those delightfully simple crafts. So many options! We made some doves for our seasonal table for Whitsun They were a piece of white card cut into a bird shape with concertined white tissue for the wings slotted through a cut in the bird. They hang on strings and waft gently in the air 😉

    • Carie 26/05/2016 at 12:41 am

      That sounds like our Whitsun doves – the littlest two had so much fun running around with theirs on strings attached to willow sticks!

  • Preeti 25/05/2016 at 9:35 pm

    Simple and beautiful. Absolutely guaranteed to cheer up anyone’s day.
    Thank you, Carie for your darling comment on my blog.
    Hugs,
    Preeti.
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

    • Carie 26/05/2016 at 12:41 am

      thank you, and you’re very welcome 🙂

  • Kim Lowry 26/05/2016 at 6:01 am

    How fun, and so cute!!

  • Kate Heads 26/05/2016 at 8:37 am

    What a lovely idea. Great for party decorations and a lovely rainy day activity for children.

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 26/05/2016 at 11:38 pm

    These are super cute, Carie! And so simple!! Now off to locate my pipe cleaners!

  • Preeta Samarasan 28/05/2016 at 5:55 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Definitely going to do this for my big girl’s birthday party 🙂 .

  • sally 04/07/2016 at 5:41 pm

    They look so pretty, and I agree with other commenters they would make very pretty party decorations.

    • Tessica 12/10/2016 at 2:59 am

      I find a lot of my eclectic/vintage decor from Hobby Lobby. Do you have one in your area? Otherwise, hit up garage sales (with the idea of refurbishing with a new coat of paint, fabric, etc).I’ve framed old (like 1950′s & older) magazine clippings/pages. Hung costume jewelry from a ribbon picture holder. Pick up a couple of old lamps and spray paint them gold…then put some lanbdribeoc/bea/s, etc around the shades to spruce them up.I’ve included some pics for you to browse.