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Lovely pop-up decoration of butterflies
Creating a string of kirigami (paper cutting)butterflies to make a fun decorative piece for anything from cards, window decorations, to book covers and more!

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  • How to fold an origami animal. Kirigami Butterflies - Step 1
    Step 1

    Begin with a rectangular piece of paper.

    The pattern and colour are your choice, but try to choose paper thicker than tissue for your first time.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Kirigami Butterflies - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold it in half.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Kirigami Butterflies - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw any design you like, making sure to have some of it include the folded edge.

    <strong>Remember</strong>: anything you draw on one side will be a mirror image on the other side.

    *For example, if you want a flower or teddy bear , only draw half of it on one side*

  • How to fold an origami animal. Kirigami Butterflies - Step 4
    Step 4

    If your image is detailed, staple certain points to keep the paper aligned on both sides and reinforce delicate cutting areas.

  • How to fold an origami animal. Kirigami Butterflies - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use scissors or exacto knife to cut out your image.

    I prefer a scalpel type since they're easier to manoeuvre in small areas.

    *To try and keep track of areas to cut out, darken them with your pencil or mark them with an "x" so you don't mistakenly cut the outline!*

  • How to fold an origami animal. Kirigami Butterflies - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once you've finished, you can paint over it to add colour or as a stencil, secure it to books, windows etc...

    or if you would like a pop-up version...

  • How to fold an origami animal. Kirigami Butterflies - Step 7
    Step 7

    turn the end pieces at an angle (or play around with your cut out to see how it would pop up best) and secure them to a piece of paper, card, book etc...

    Done *^_^*

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Agung N.
Agung N.
love your works. i'm from indonesia, i'm a teacher. i like kirigami. i learn it from the internet, and now i'm doing the projects with my students. i'm a beginner and still learning about it.
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tricia m.
tricia m. · Richmond, Virginia, US
beautiful!
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Miho S.
Miho S. · 28 projects
Thanks again!

I do love kirigami, but some designs take a lot of time, so I generally stick with easier ones.
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Miho S.
Miho S. · 28 projects
Thanks a lot *^_^*

If you want to make a cute valentine pop-up, try the same thing but with a string of hearts <3
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Sunkissed♥
Sunkissed♥ · Sydney, New South Wales, AU · 5 projects
oooh, pretty Happy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
love this, amazing, thank you a lot for the tute and the sharing. sooooooo beautifull!
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Arty Kitkat
Arty Kitkat · St Albans, England, GB · 61 projects
This is so beautiful. I love this kind of art.
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Miho S.
Miho S. · 28 projects
Thanks so much everyone *^_^*
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Pirate Moose
Pirate Moose · Norwich, England, GB · 28 projects
These are beautiful!
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Suzi P.
Suzi P. · 12 projects
wow...so pretty!
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