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DIY 3D Layered Paper Butterfly

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Posted on June 21, 2021 by Creative Fabrica The Artistry

These beautiful layered butterflies are perfect as decorations for special events such as birthday parties and baby showers, and can even be used as cake toppers! Using just a few supplies, these are a wonderful DIY project to whip up.


Cricut Design Space

We will begin by uploading the images to Cricut Design Space.

  • Log into Design Space and click the ‘Create New Project’ button.
  • Click the Upload button, then click the Upload Image button.
  • Click the Browse button and locate the SVG files provided with your purchase

The files will be uploaded to Design Space and will appear in the Uploaded Images gallery.
From there you can access the files and work on them.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, such as Cricut, you can print the shapes from the pdf files
and cut them by hand.

Cutting the butterfly

Editing a Butterfly SVG on Cricut Design Space

You may want to save time by cutting all the colors at once. Select the material color option to
the same color for every layer. Press the “Make it” button. Move the different parts of the design to look like this:

Editing Butterfly SVGs on Cricut Design Space

Place the pieces of paper according to this layout on your mat. Start cutting!!

Cricut Design Space cutting mat

Assembling the pieces

Cutting and folding a paper Butterfly design

Score a line along the edge of both wings on every layer of the butterfly, then fold the wings.

Applying glue to paper layers of a butterfly design

Apply glue to attach all the pieces together.

Paper butterfly being decorated

Paper Butterfly with sequins being added

Add some gem stickers.

Project Idea: Cake Topper

Birthday cake with butterfly topper

Make two butterflies. Cut the “Happy Birthday” template provided with your purchase and attach both pieces together with the butterflies. Glue a wooden stick to the back of the sign. And that’s it!

Assembly video

Watch the video on how to assemble this craft as described above!

Happy crafting!

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