Thursday, May 10, 2012

Paper Butterfly

With two sheets of construction paper and a pipe cleaner you can make a pretty butterfly to hang in your window or from your ceiling.

Things You Need:
  • 2 pieces of construction paper (or two magazine pages)
  • 1 pipe cleaner
  • 1 piece of string cut to about 30"
  • scotch tape (optional)

What You Do:
  1. Accordion fold one piece of paper every 1/2" or so lengthwise. (This means, fold and crease from one end half an inch, flip it over, fold it again a half an inch and so forth and so on until you get to the end of the page so that the paper is never closed in on itself and looks like an accordion.)
  2. Accordion fold the other piece every 1/2" or so width wise. 
  3. While still folded, fold each paper in half (as in fold the stack of folds you have to make like a "V" -so the two ends meet up and it kind of looks like a fan.)
  4. Now you have two pairs of wings, each set a different length.
  5. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist up two inches from the bent closed end, leaving the two ends free. (These will be the antennae.)
  6. Now place the wings in the pipe cleaner so the two loose ends of pipe cleaner sandwich the wings and the wings rest on the top of the twist, or butterfly body. (If you want, tape the wings together first around the middle bends.)
  7. Place the middle of the string here too. That will be your hanger.
  8. Twist the rest of the pipe cleaner up so the wings are set in place, making the top of the butterfly body.
  9. Separate the two "antennae" and twirl the ends.
  10. Tie the two ends of string together to make your loop from which to hang your butterfly.
         Trust me, this is all easier done than said.

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