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I am very inspired by entomology displays and created this project as an homage to that art. This tutorial explains how to create your very own framed, paper Malabar Tree Nymph butterfly in life size scale. Don't be discouraged if you have never used a utility knife or created a paper cut before; this butterfly can be made with just a little practice and patience.

The materials you will need for this project are:
-Butterfly template found here
-A pencil
-2 pieces of 6.5” x 6.5” white cardstock cut from 8.5 x 11 sheets (keep the scraps!)
-1 sheet 8.5 x 11” colored paper
-Picture frame with an opening larger than 5.5” x 5.5” (I got my 6" x 6" frame here)
-A pair of scissors
-A hobby utility knife with two new blades
-Double sided tape
-Single sided tape
-Hot glue gun
-Glue stick
-Cutting mat
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Step 1:

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1. Print out the butterfly template available here and cut along the dotted line with a pair of scissors.

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2. Using single-sided tape, tape the template in front of one piece of 6.5” x 6.5” white card stock around the edges.

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3. Put a brand new blade in your utiliy knife for precise cuts. On your cutting mat surface, cut out the peach sections of the butterfly. Be careful of where you place your fingers during this process, we don't want any injuries! If the paper slides around too much for your liking, tape it to the cutting mat. 

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4. It is okay if the cuts are not exactly precise; after all, no two butterflies are identical! Once a section of paper is cut out, “poking” it with the tip of the knife will allow for it to be removed easily.

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5. If a section is stuck, flip the paper over and see where you may need to cut a bit more.

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6. Once all of the peach sections are removed, change your knife blade – This will keep the cuts clean throughout the entire butterfly.  A dull blade could rip the fine details of the wings.
rayelove1 year ago
What a great idea! Can be used to match any decor ,great gift idea.Thanks
Thank you for this! I was looking for something classy, yet homemade for my daughter...this is perfect!
j_holloway2 years ago
I was given this as a gift! Looks beautiful in person too.
samalert2 years ago
Excellent cutting ........... loved the ible
Mrballeng2 years ago
You are my hero
ChrysN2 years ago
looks fiddly but such a fantastic result, :)
antioch2 years ago
shellycaron2 years ago
I really want to try this!
That is amazing! So simple and beautiful!