Magazine Butterfly Craft Project

Simple but effective! Have a go at this hanging butterfly project, a great way of reusing magazines and junk mail.

You will need

Magazines/Junk mail
Craft Glue
Pen or pencil
Awl – Or something suitable to pierce a hole in the cardboard
Wool oddments/String or Thread

How to

  1. Use the paper to make a template. For a symmetrical shape fold the paper in half and draw out half your shape. I drew the butterfly freehand but you can use a template or choose a simpler design.
  2. Draw around the template and cut out your shape, add raised sections to your design, in this case the body of the butterfly has had an additional piece of card added to each side (optional).
  3. Use the awl or alternative tool to make a hole for the thread for hanging at the end. Be sure not to make the hole too near the edge, aim or approx 1cm in.
  4. Select a page from your magazine with your preferred colour and rip up or cut into small strips 1-2 cm in length, 0.5 cm wide.
  5. Coat the cardboard shape with craft glue around the edges and begin adding the magazine strips. Covering the edges first gives a neater finish.
  6. Select a contrasting colour from the magazine and cover the body of the butterfly.
  7. Cover the wings in more strips of magazines in a colour of your choice.
  8. Add detail, use strips of a contrasting colour magazine from the body of the butterfly outwards in a fan shape.
  9. Add the thread and hang.
Try some alternative designs -

About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. Co-Founder of EcoCreate art & craft network and a passionate revamp crafter!

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