5 Minute Maker: Wind-Up Paper Butterfly

5 Minute Maker: Wind-Up Paper Butterfly

5 Minute Maker: Wind-Up Paper Butterfly

Pull some pretty colourful reused paper from your wrapping paper pile to make these wind-up paper butterflies. You’ll just need a few other items from around the house. Wind them up and add them to any greeting card for a flying surprise!

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  • Reused wrapping paper
  • 2x Paperclips
  • Rubber band
  • Glue


  • Scissors
  • Needle Nose Pliers


  • Unwind your two paper clips into straight lengths of wire. 
  • Use the needle nose pliers to reshape the wires following the image guide below. 
  • Feed the ends of wire 1 through the bottom of the loop on wire 2. Pull the ends of wire 1 apart to hold it in place. 
  • Feed one end of your rubber band through the loop in wire 1 and feed halfway through. 
  • Take the two ends of the rubber band and hook them over the hooks that you created at the base of wire 2
  • Fold a rectangle of reused wrapping paper in half and cut a wing shape along the folded edge. You will need to cut out a total of four wing shapes; two that match for the top wings and two the match for the bottom wings. 
  • Add glue to the wrong-side of the wrapping paper and place over the wires before folding and pressing the glue sides together. Recreate this step for all four wings. 
  • Allow the glue to dry before winding up the rubber band and inserting into your greeting card.