The butterfly effect

I’ve been coveting a butterflies artwork from for a while now, but while they’re beautiful, at £45 upwards, they’re not cheap either. So, this weekend, I decided to have a go at making one myself. It only took half an hour and the result is above – not bad eh?!

To make one yourself, follow these steps:

1)      Pop a Ribba box frame, £7.19, in your trolley the next time you visit Ikea (

2)      Do a Google search to find a butterfly you like the shape of. Print it out, stick it onto a piece of card and cut around it to make a template.

3)      Use the template to cut butterflies from different pieces of patterned paper (I used origami paper from Ebay, but you could use wrapping paper, magazine tears, train tickets…).

4)      Once you’ve got enough, fold each butterfly in half along the ‘body’ of the butterfly to make a seam, and open it out again.

5)      Cut a piece of paper to fit your frame (I used white – you could use any colour you like) and arrange your butterflies on it.

6)      When you’re happy, put a dab of glue or tape on the back of each butterfly (along the seam only, so that it ‘flutters’) and stick it down. Assemble the frame – and you’re done!

1 Comment

  1. Carla
    August 15, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    Looks fabulous hun, I might even have to poach idea from you in turn!

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