Paper Quilling - How to Make Quilled Butterflies and Flowers
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 ButterfliesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 coilsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
- Paper Quilling - Basic Techniques, Shapes and Designs
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- Paper Quilling - Wheatear Coil Techniques, Shapes, Designs
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- Paper Quilling - How to Make Fringed Flowers for Quilling
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- Paper Quilled Flowers With Multi Coloured Fringes
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- Paper Quilling - Making Huskings For Flower Petals
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- Paper Quilling - How To Make Miniature Flowers and Pots
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- Paper Quilling - How to Make Your Own Quilled Jewellery
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- Paper Quilling - How to Make Cute Owls
A tutorial on how to make cute owl designs with quilling paper.