After opening a lot of presents at Christmas or a birthday we always have tons of wrapping paper. I hate to just throw it all in the trash, so I try to think of ways to recycle it. My daughters and I came up with a fun and easy craft to recycle, that paper into something unique. Below are directions to make origami style butterflies from recycled wrapping paper. Each butterfly is one of a kind and a little touch of whimsy and spring for your home.
Holiday or Birthday Wrapping Paper (It looks best if you have the two different color or pattern papers per butterfly)
Fuzzy Chenille Sticks (Need one for each butterfly you want to make, we used white)
1) For each of your origami style butterflies you will need two different kinds of recycled wrapping paper. As you can see in our completed craft photo we have the one butterfly that is made from red and green Christmas paper and the other from purple and silver birthday wrapping paper. Once you pick out your two styles of paper you are ready to cut your squares. For each butterfly you will need a square for the top half and one for the bottom half. For the larger bottom square cut one out that measures five inches in width and four inches in height. For the smaller square for the top butterfly wings cut a square out of your second paper choice that measures four inches in width and three inches in height.
2) Starting with your largest square the bottom set of butterfly wings for your paper origami craft start folding the paper accordion style. Fold it with the paper print side up, and start at one corner of the paper making folds about ¼ and inch in size until you have the entire square folded. Once it is folded squish the paper some right in the middle of the square. It will make it easier to hook the butterfly together later if the paper is depressed in the center. We held our butterfly wings together with paper clips while we folded the other sheet of paper. Following the same folding instructions repeat them with your smaller square you have cut for the top half of the butterfly. Again depressing the folds in the center of the square and securing with a paper clip.
3) For each butterfly you will need one 12-inch fuzzy pipe cleaner to hook the butterflies wigs together. We used white but you can pick any color you think goes well with your paper choices. First fold the pipe cleaner in half making a large v shape, with the v at the bottom and the open end at the top. Now make a small loop at the bottom of the pipe cleaner, just one twist will do. Now you can remove your paper clips from your folded paper butterfly wings hold them together with the larger square on the bottom. Now take them and slide them between the opening of the pipe cleaner until the papers are pushed up against you loop you made at the bottom of your pipe cleaner. Be sure the pipe cleaner is centered on your papers where you made the depressions earlier. Now while holding your papers still so they wont get off twist the pipe cleaner immediately above and below the papers.
4) You may want to twist the pipe cleaner twice below and beneath the paper wings of the butterfly to be sure they stay secure. Now you are ready to fan out your butterfly wings so they open. Do so gently so you do not tear your recycled wrapping paper. For the finishing touch curl the top of the butterflies antennas with your fingers, you can this in detail in the photos of our finished craft. That is all there is, so simple and so cute. You can use these to decorate anywhere in your home, my daughters had me put there’s up on their bedroom walls a touch of spring right in their room.