DIY Accordion Paper Butterflies

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This year, for my daughter’s fifth birthday party, she chose Cinderella as the theme. She specifically told me, “No mama, not the book. I would like my party like Cinderella the movie.” She was referring to the newest 2015 release of Cinderella. This news from my four year old was SO exciting to me. I LOVE this idea. In the movie, Cinderella’s father brings her a paper butterfly from his travels. I thought of incorporating the butterflies in hues of blue throughout her party.

ASTROBRIGHTS® Colorize Papers

ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers is a line of vibrant color paper. It is PERFECT for this project. The colors I chose for the party are (pictured above top to bottom):

  • Gravity Grape
  • Venus Violet
  • Blast-Off Blue
  • Celestial Blue
  • Lunar Blue
  • Terrestrial Teal

Aren’t they gorgeous? I made these DIY Accordion Paper Butterflies, which are absolutely addicting to make by the way!

Accordion Paper Butterflies


  • ASTROBRIGHTS® paper colors of choice
  • Circle punches (I used 2”, 2.5”, and 3”)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Gems or buttons
  • Glue and Paper Lanterns (optional)

DIY Accordion Paper Butterflies Instructions:

DIY Paper Butterfly Tutorial

Step 1: Choose your ASTROBRIGHTS®colors. There are 25 to choose from.

Step 2: Make your template. The butterfly template is simply a circle and a square. You can make it any size you wish. I made three different ones. You want the circle and square to be the same with. For example, if you have a 3” diameter circle, you need a 3”X3” square. I used circle punches but if you don’t have those, you can trace the rim of a cup or something similar. Overlap the square and circle and tape it as shown.

Step 3: Next, trace the templates. I wanted to maximize one sheet of paper so I was able to fit one 3” template, one 2.5” template, and three 2” templates.

Step 4: Cut out each template as shown.

Step 5 (Pictures 5 and 6): Make an accordion fold with your template lengthwise.

Step 6 (Picture 7): Bend the center of the butterfly and tie it with a string in a knot. Trim the excess string and gently pull the wings open by quadrant.

One I tied and opened each butterfly; I added a rhinestone in the center. These are so fun to make I kept going and going!

Accordion Paper Butterflies How To

Next, I glued them onto paper lanterns to hang up outside for the birthday party.

Accordion Butterfly Birthday Lanterns

Accordion Butterfly Lanterns

I think I am also going to make these for the invitations we are handing out as well as on some other birthday décor. Stay tuned!

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  1. These are so pretty – what a lovely idea, I imagine once you start making these it’s hard to stop – the whole house could end up with a pretty butterfly accent!

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