Introduction: How to Make an Illuminated Paper Butterfly Showpiece | Display Piece

Hi! friends, Welcome to my profile - IanHax. In this session I will show How to Make an Illuminated Paper Butterfly Showpiece | Display Piece. Illuminated Paper Butterfly Showpiece is made of card stock paper and illuminated using LED strips. We have two templates for this project, Butterfly Template and Light Box Template. The butterfly template is inspired from https://the-fox-hound.deviantart.com/art/Butterfly... and later created in Photoshop using pen tool. The flower design in Butterfly template is inspired from http://www.tattootribes.com/multimedia/90/V_F-lotu... .

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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Materials Required

1. Template : Butterfly

2. Template : Light Box

3. Black card stock - 150 gsm A4 size black card stock paper. If it's not available in A4 size, get a larger one and then cut it down into A4 size (width : 21 cm and length : 29.7 cm).

4. White card stock - 150 gsm A4 size white card stock paper. If it's not available in A4 size, get a larger one and then cut it down into A4 size.

5. LED strip (85 cm) with DC adaptor

Tools Required

1. Pen knife

2. Pencil

3. Scale

4. Glue stick

Step 2: Preparing Template : Butterfly Part 1

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We shall start with the template : Butterfly. Print out the template : Butterfly on an A4 size paper. And then paste the print out template on a 150 gsm black card stock paper which is also A4 in size. If it's not available in A4 size, buy a larger one and then cut it down to A4 size (width : 21 cm and length : 29.7 cm). Now using a sharp pen knife cut off the template from the paper. Use a sharp pen knife and work gentle. Smooth the edges and get rid of tiny remains of paper after a cut.

Step 3: Preparing Template : Butterfly Part 2

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Now, on the other side draw a border of width 2 cm using pencil. And then cut off all four corner squares formed using pen knife as shown in the images. Fold the paper along the border as shown. Later we shall paste the design on to a light box.

Step 4: Preparing Template : Light Box

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Draw the template : Light Box on a 150 gsm white card sock paper. Drawing should accurate with the measurements. Or later it would be difficult to paste the Butterfly design on to the Light Box.In the template : Light Box you can see both dash lines and continuous lines. Cut out the template along the dash lines.

Step 5: Making Light Box Part 1

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Take the cut out template Light Box and make a fold inwards along all the continuous lines. Make the fold as shown in the images in order to make a rectangular box. Now using glue stick paste the folds at longer sides as shown in the image. Make a hole at any corner with a size large enough to carry the wire of LED strip. Place the wire of LED strip in the hole and paste the folds as shown. Now, we have a rectangular frame/box like structure.

Step 6: Making Light Box Part 2

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take the LED strip and paste it along the interior wall of the Light box. Strip lights usually comes with adhesive on its back. If not, use a double sided tape. The LED strip is 85 cm long and works with 12V DC adaptor. Adaptor usually comes soldered with the LED strip. If not, buy a 12V DC adaptor and solder the positive terminal (red in colour) of the DC adaptor to the positive terminal of the LED strip and negative terminal (black in colour) of the DC adaptor to the negative terminal of the LED strip.

Step 7: Finishing Up

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Finally, Apply glue on all four sides of the Light Box. Paste the Butterfly design on to the Light Box. The Butterfly design should be pasted in a way that the LED strip wire should come out through the bottom right corner.

Step 8: Illuminated Paper Butterfly Showpiece | Display Piece

Picture of Illuminated Paper Butterfly Showpiece | Display Piece

So we are finished with The Illuminated Paper Butterfly Showpiece | Display Piece. Plug the DC adaptor and switch it ON at night to see the magic.

Extras : You can change the dimensions to get a larger one or a smaller one. You may also use different coloured papers or designed papers instead of white paper. The colour of LED strip is also up to you. You can also have different designs instead of a butterfly.

I Hope you all enjoyed the session and Thank you for your precious time.

Comments

rajarshi (author)2018-01-11

i use my laser cutter for these

Swansong (author)2018-01-11

That looks beautiful! I don't think I could cut those lines so clean :)

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