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I saw this here:, on Pintrest.  The idea was wonderful, it reminded me of my Dad’s favorite April fool’s joke. He called it Rattle Snake Eggs.  I’ll have to do that one some time.  Anyway, it looked fun, but it seemed to have some problems that made me think that it just wouldn’t work well.  I make the changes I thought I would need and I created the paper wings on my computer using my Sure Cuts A Lot program and my Cricut Expression.  This is lots of fun.  It is meant to be put in a card and when you open the card, the butterfly will come flapping out.  Let’s go.
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Step 1:

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2, size 2 paper clips
Needle nose pliers
Tape measure or ruler (not shown)
Transparent tape
Mini black rubber bands (the silicon type for hair)
Card stock (your choice of color)
Black marker
Personal electronic cutter (Mine is a Cricut from Provo Craft)
Sure Cuts A Lot Program (I should inform you that Provo Craft and Sure Cuts A Lot had a court battle and SCAL lost, so it you have a Cricut, you can no longer buy SCAL, yet they do create programs for other brands of personal electronic cutters.  I bought mine long before the court battle so I am okay.)

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Unfold the paper clips and make them as straight as you can.  Cut one 5½” long and the other 4 inches long.

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Lower wings frame:  Take the longer one and at the very center of the wire, wrap both ends around the pliers, making a circle. 

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With the pliers bend the two legs down, perpendicular to the circle. 

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Make little s curves in the end of each wire.

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Upper wings frame: Take the shorter one and again bend the very center of the wire into the circle, but don’t make it a closed circle.  Leave a tiny opening at the place where the wire meets itself.  Spread the two legs out for the top wings.

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Take 2 of the largest black rubber bands
Elieli4 months ago

I made the butterfly but it doesn't fly well. It goes down, sorts a free fall. What can I be doing wrong?

craftknowitall (author)  Elieli3 months ago

It doesn't actually fly. It just flaps around. Try winding the rubber band tighter. Good luck.

Thank you, I allready try that but it didn't work either. I saw a video of the real butterfly, and when you put it inside a card and you open it the butterfly flies up. I thought this would do the same

drundus1 year ago
I love the way you help people make their own flyer. As a home school family we made some as a class project. It was fun. For those of you who do not have the time or ability to make your own, you can buy a butterflyer for a couple bucks at They have a wide variety of different designs and models for every occasion (birthday, parties, Christmas, etc.)
craftknowitall (author)  drundus1 year ago
Thank you!
jmiksanek2 years ago
This is such a great idea! I want to try making one. Could you post a pdf of the pattern that worked since it seems like the sizes of the wings are a critical factor. Thanks so much for posting this!
craftknowitall (author)  jmiksanek2 years ago
The pdf is now attached to this Instructable. Thanks for looking.
Thank you so much for going to the work to make this! Now I'm ready to try it out. Good luck in the contest!
craftknowitall (author)  jmiksanek2 years ago
My SCAL program does not play well with other programs. It just won't copy and paste to other programs, and it won't save it to another format. So as soon as I can find a little time, I will recreate them in a program which will save pdf, and then I will post it here. I spent 2 hours trying it the other way and no luck. I will let you know when I get it done. Thanks for looking.
this is awesome ! will make one !