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Paper Quilling - How to Make Quilled Butterflies and Flowers

Updated on October 5, 2015
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Quilling paper art
Quilling paper art | Source

Flowers and butterflies are great graphical combinations. In this paper quilling tutorial, you will learn to make butterflies to go with some of the flower designs created in previous tutorials.

My previous tutorials on paper quilling covered a lot of techniques used in the art of quilling, from the basic methods of making paper coils to more advanced flower designs and even making jewellery with quilled items. The links to these free tutorials can be found at the bottom of this page.

Parts of a Butterfly

A butterfly has the following body parts: head, wings, thorax, abdomen, proboscis, antennae and legs. We are not doing biology here so some of the smaller body parts can be omitted in our quilling designs. If you have yet to learn paper quilling, the instructions for basic quilling shapes can be found in the following tutorial:

How to Make Quilled Butterflies

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Parts to make the basic butterfly.A quilled butterfly.Parts for creating side profile of a butterfly.Quilled butterfly and flowers.
Parts to make the basic butterfly.
Parts to make the basic butterfly. | Source
A quilled butterfly.
A quilled butterfly. | Source
Parts for creating side profile of a butterfly.
Parts for creating side profile of a butterfly. | Source
Quilled butterfly and flowers.
Quilled butterfly and flowers. | Source

Basic Butterfly Shape

Some of the tools and materials for paper quilling required in this tutorial are a few strips of quilling paper, a quilling tool and glue. To create coils of the same size, you may need to use a quilling board. A simple quilled design for a butterfly will have four wings and two antennae. You will need to make two large coils and two small coils for the wings. Shape the wings and then arrange them to form the shape of a butterfly. Use two small strips of quilling paper for the antennae. Apply a small amount of glue to hold the coils together.

Side Profile of the Butterfly

This is another simple yet beautiful butterfly design to make. The side profile of the butterfly will display only two wings, the abdomen and antennae. Make one large coil and one small coil, shape the coils by pressing or pinching them. Make a crescent shaped coil for the abdomen. Slightly curl two small strips of paper to make the antennae. Arrange the coils to form the butterfly and glue the pieces together. Add some quilled flowers and leaves to create an interesting quilled masterpiece. It's that easy!

Some colourful ideas for making the coils

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Different coils and coloursDifferent coilsQuilled butterflies and coilsQuilled butterflies and coilsQuilled butterflies
Different coils and colours
Different coils and colours | Source
Different coils
Different coils | Source
Quilled butterflies and coils
Quilled butterflies and coils | Source
Quilled butterflies and coils
Quilled butterflies and coils | Source
Quilled butterflies
Quilled butterflies | Source

More Ways to Make Butterflies

When you have mastered making the basic shapes of the butterfly, you may want to create the butterflies with more advanced quilling methods. Learn the different quilling methods to make the coils. The quilling comb method can be used to make really awesome looking butterflies.

Use your own creativity and imagination to produce interesting patterns and designs. Incorporate different colours for the coils by using two or more strips of quilling paper of different colours. Change the sizes and shapes of the coils to come up with different types of butterfly patterns. You will be amazed with what you can do with paper quilling.

Butterflies, shapes and coils!
Butterflies, shapes and coils! | Source
More Quilling Techniques
More Quilling Techniques | Source
Fringed Flowers
Fringed Flowers | Source
Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day | Source


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      Susan Haze 23 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You make it seem so easy. The butterflies and flowers are so pretty. I think I need to take out my quilling supplies and try again.

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      shazna 3 years ago

      this is awesome i think now i can improve my paper quilling skills

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      lady rain 4 years ago from Australia

      drosostalitsa, thank you for stopping by and voting :)

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      drosostalitsa 4 years ago from Greece

      They are beautiful! Thank you so much!

      Voted up

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Sharkye11, great idea - I should work on that wreath too! Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment.

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow!! Very beautiful butterflies! They are so bright and cheerful. These would be great on an Easter wreath!

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Glimmer Twin Fan, I hope you are able to come up with butterflies on your quilts, I would love to see them :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Shrikrishnap, thank you, I hope you get to make some of these butterflies. Enjoy the quilling!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      So lovely! The colors are so incredible! I would love to translate something like this to the quilts I make.

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Wow very beautiful Hub. This is one of best forms of being more and more creative. Excellent butterflies. I will definitely like to try this.

      lady Rain Thanks for such beautiful hubs. I am going through all other hubs very soon :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      moonlake, thank you for your lovely comment and voting. I'm glad you like my hub :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      algarveview, paper quilling is a great activity for both crafty adults and children. I am sure you and your little girl will enjoy making the butterflies and flowers. Thank you for leaving a comment and voting, cheers!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Very pretty love them. They don't look to hard to do. Enjoyed your hub voted uP!

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Lady Rain, such beautiful butterflies and flowers, lovely idea, I think my little girl would just love to do some... Great activity for these rainy days... Loved it... Voted up and interesting, sharing and pinning! Take care!