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Crepe Paper Butterflies DIY

What could be prettier than brightly colored butterflies fluttering around your cake? The trick to these easy-to-make butterflies is in the shape of the paper – basically a diamond on top of a square. Usually used to make gorgeous paper flowers (see here, here and here), the natural grains of the crepe paper lend themselves perfectly to the creation of these butterflies.

Crepe Paper Butterflies DIY | Oh Happy Day!Crepe Paper Butterflies DIY | Oh Happy Day!Crepe Paper Butterflies DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: Crepe paper, bamboo skewers, floral wire, scissors, acrylic paints, paint brushes, permanent markers, hot glue gun

Step 1: Cut out pieces of crepe paper – being careful to keep the lines of the crepe paper running side to side, not up and down. The butterflies shown are made from diamonds approx. 3” on each side, and the diameter of the circle is approximately 2”.
Step 2: From the center bottom of the circle, scrunch the crepe paper back and forth.
Step 3: Secure the center of the butterfly with wire. Snip ends.
Step 4: Unscrunch, fluff and smooth the upper and lower wings.
Step 5: Using acrylic paint and Sharpies, decorate the wings. Let dry.
Step 6: Hot glue the butterflies onto skewers.
Step 7: Insert into cake and serve!

Crepe Paper Butterflies DIY | Oh Happy Day!Crepe Paper Butterflies DIY | Oh Happy Day! Crepe Paper Butterflies DIY | Oh Happy Day!

PS: They also look so pretty just plain (an even quicker craft project) – and can make a pretty gift-wrapping look above and beyond!

Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. Kim @ Hello Wedding

    August 27, 2014

    Absolutely love it!

  2. kristin @ W [H] A T C H

    August 27, 2014

    so pretty! my niece is going through a butterfly phase and would love these.

  3. Erin

    August 27, 2014

    Wow! these are gorgeous!

  4. Tonya mezrich

    August 27, 2014

    Simply gorgeous!

  5. molly yeh

    August 28, 2014

    ok after seeing the first photo, i thought i’d never be able to do that, but now after seeing the tutorial, i think i could handle this! they’re absolutely gorgeous and that cake is breathtaking. you’ve totally inspired me with this!!!

  6. Mel

    August 28, 2014

    holy smokes i’m in love with that cake! this may actually be something i pin AND attempt to make – which for me is a rarity 🙂

  7. Anna

    August 28, 2014

    I am sure you hear this all the time, but the photos on your blog are exquisite. I’m enjoying my time here in your blogland!

  8. Jess.

    August 28, 2014

    These are seriously amazing. If someone made me a birthday cake that beautiful, I’d be too emotional to eat it.

  9. Sas

    September 1, 2014


  10. Evie {Domestic Whimsy}

    September 1, 2014

    Look at those pretty butterflies! I can’t stop staring. Beautiful work!

  11. Jenn

    September 4, 2014

    WOW! These are so delicate and beautiful. I cannot wait to try it out.

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