Introduction: Rubber Band Flying Paper Butterfly

Some years ago, a local organisation was asking us to come out an idea in making a paper flying butterfly based on the commercial available one. It should be easy for children to make and low cost.
They have tried and tested several model using paper clips and rubberband ..but the metal body is just to heavy to make it "FLY".

So we set to do some research and test, and found that by using a simple balloon stick (cut to small size) , a bead and a wire. With a cutout which you can download free from our website here : We came out with the Rubber Band Flying Paper Butterfly.

With these simple and low cost materials , we make about 5000 pcs of parts to supply just in time for the children project carnival.

Or you can buy the ready one from Amazon Store .

Watch the video here :

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Enjoy!! :)

Step 1: What You Will Need ?

- Paper Wing Cut-out
Download free here :

- Metal Wire (11 ~12cm)

- Hollow plastic tube (cut out from balloon stick , size : 4 ~5cm)

- Rubber band

- Plastic Bead

Step 2: Bend the Metal Wire Into a “V” Shape

- Bend the metal wire into a V shape as shown in the diagram.

Step 3: Hook the Rubber Band Onto the Metal Wire.

- The rubber band should be cut and tie a knot at the end. Like the picture shown.

- The lenght of the rubber band after the knot been made should be about half the length of the balloon stick.

- Hook the rubber band onto the metal wire.

Step 4: Insert the Metal Wire With the Rubber Band Into the Plastic Hollow Tube.

- Insert the metal wire together with the rubber band into the plastic hollow tube.

- Pull the metal wire and ensure the rubber band is stretch with the knot sitting securely at
the other end of the hollow tube. If the knot is not big enough you can make the size bigger making another knot.

Step 5: Insert the Rubber Bead Into the Metal Wire.

- Insert the rubber bead into the metal wire.

Step 6: Bending the Metal Wire With the Bead.

- Pull the rubber band by holding the metal wire and the tubing. Ensure the rubber band is stretch and there is some tension.

- Then bend the metal wire down.

Step 7: Forming the Metal Wire

- Bend the wire to the sides will you still feel some tension from the rubber band.

- The shape of the metal wire should look like the picture.

Step 8: Cut Out the Paper Wing and Folds the Edges.

- Cut out the paper wing and folds the edges.

- You can download the paper cut here :

Step 9: Bend the Ends of the Wire.

- Bend the ends of the wire to form a hook with a pair of pliers.

- The reason for this is to prevent the sharp edges of the wire from hurting someone when it is spinning.

Safetty first :)

Step 10: Glue the Paper Wings to the Wire.

- Glue the paper wings to the wire.

Step 11: After Fixing the Wings.

- It should look like the picture after you have glued the wing to the wire.

- Taped the remaining Wing cut-out as shown in the diagram.

Step 12: Test Flight

- Test flight the paper butterfly by rotating the wing for may be 30 to 50 rounds depending
on the type of rubber band you have used. and what is the tension of the rubber band.

- If you want , you can add some lubrication at the bead and tube contact. This will make the friction less and the spinning will be more efficient.

Watch the demo video here :

Or you can buy the ready one here :

Enjoy :)


ConstanceZ made it!(author)2016-08-18

please email me the wing cut out to -

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2016-08-18

Please download from this link :


ConstanceZ made it!(author)2016-08-18

please email me the wing cut out -

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2016-08-18


You can download here :


Elieli made it!(author)2014-11-22

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

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2015-04-03

Hi Sorry for the late reply.

The body may be too heavy and you need to put oil between bead and rotating wire.

Linwhittle made it!(author)2013-03-03

I would appreciate an email with the pattern also

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2013-03-03


kidkid108 made it!(author)2012-07-29

Can you please email me the pattern!please

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2012-07-29

what is your email ?

kidkid108 made it!(author)2012-07-31

louanncrum made it!(author)2012-06-18

I would love the pattern email to me. The surveys won't load on my computer...the world just turns, and turns and turns! Thanks!!!

wparrish made it!(author)2012-06-06

I would like the pattern as well. Thank you very much.

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2012-06-07

your email please ?

mathiemom made it!(author)2012-06-02

I would like to download the wing pattern too. The surveys never end, and I cannot get the wing pattern either.

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2012-06-02

please send me your email.

clarabellem made it!(author)2012-05-02

Can you email me the wing pattern please? The surveys are never ending!

nareshlakshman28 made it!(author)2011-10-06

im unable to download d pattern of the wings :(

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2011-10-06

what's is your email ? I sent to u :)

nareshlakshman28 made it!(author)2011-10-05

can yo pls tel me how to make the wings ??

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2011-10-05

Please download at :

Matrix-technician made it!(author)2011-05-29

The surveys will no tload on my computer, it says direct link disabled. please help!!!!!

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2011-06-01

wat's your email ?

Matrix-technician made it!(author)2011-06-03

Thank's for the help. I have it figured out. I just took a quick trip to my local library and printed it out there.

Matrix-technician made it!(author)2011-05-30

Thanks a mill for giving me link. But i'm on dial-up(yes, i'm that far behind the times) and there is no way i can download 57mb. It estimated download time of almost an hour. Is there anyway you can just email me the wing diagrams?

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2011-05-31

the link has been fixed :)

Download here :

Matrix-technician made it!(author)2011-06-01

It must just be my comp because it's still saying "oops!, direct link disabled. try another survey?" And all of the surveys lead to that page.

MetaRidley2 made it!(author)2011-05-05

Thank you!

MetaRidley2 made it!(author)2011-05-04

can you post another link for the wings?

oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2009-04-30

will a straw work for the tube?

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2009-05-06

straw is too soft...the tension from the rubber band will crush it :)

Football+viking+boy made it!(author)2011-01-15

tape electical tape around the straw, to make it more sturdy

rikels made it!(author)2009-12-13

 i use a straw, and it just works fine... but i can't download the wings :P

Air_Assassin made it!(author)2011-01-08

oh yeah attach a very very very small recorder on the bottem and spy away!

jid4611 made it!(author)2010-09-19


Kiddyhub made it!(author)2010-09-19

thanks for the support :)

jid4611 made it!(author)2010-09-18

I dont like the surveys........ its telling me to download stuff
my computer's slow as it is

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2010-09-18

send me your email address.. to

totallyaaa made it!(author)2010-09-09

i think that if you become a pro memeber then we should be able to get the measurement s for the wings straight away .
the link dosnt work

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2010-09-09

there is a simple survey to answer before you can at least I can keep my free site going :) .

If you got a problem downloading ... please email me your address and i will send it to you.

totallyaaa made it!(author)2010-09-09

i cannot get the pattern for the butterfly how do i get it and i need it today

redbeatles made it!(author)2010-08-19

PDF file not download

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2010-08-19

please try again.. after completing the survey, thanks for the support

najimusic made it!(author)2010-04-08

CANT DOWNLOAD WINGS! HELP!!!!                           ,thanks

divaboy1 made it!(author)2010-01-10

Is there another place to download the pattern?  I refuse to take the surveys that are required.

BraisedDuck made it!(author)2009-09-26

nice one.but mine won't fly if i turn it more than 20 rounds...

Kiddyhub made it!(author)2009-09-26

oh..the body must be light ...

BraisedDuck made it!(author)2009-09-26

aluminum wire okay?

firefighter1333 made it!(author)2009-08-13

i got an fantastic idea! try to make a the biggest rubber band butterfly and try to get in to guinnes world book of records, eh, good idea? i definitely gotta make one... btw does it just fly up or does it to fly it forward if yes how far does it fly then? UR AWESUM!

BraisedDuck made it!(author)2009-07-26

will it really fly??

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