Paper Butterflies and Moths

I was introduced to this craft by Wellbeing at Whistlewood, who were at Timber Festival.  They were making these butterflies using old envelopes and they were a big hit!  Even Beth had a go!

Since then I’ve tried making them with a variety of recycled paper – maps, dress patterns, books.

Worry not vintage fans, I’m not using anything beautiful or usable.  Think patterns that are torn or marked and unusable, books fished out of the recycling bin and maps that are falling apart.

 You will need

A piece of card to make a template.

Some recycled paper




  • Draw a shape similar to this and cut it out – this is now your template.

  • Draw around the template
  • Either leave as is or colour in to create butterfly wings.
  • Cut around the shape
  • Fold the paper from straight edge to straight edge, back and forth into a tight fan
  • Tie in the middle and gently loosen the wings.

The muted sepia tones look more like moths than butterflies.  I discovered a new admiration for moths (or night-time butterflies as my lovely step-mum calls them) when we visited Timber Festival’s Moth Hotel.  Say hello to my little friend!

I tried to get a photo of all the moths flying around the hotel in the moonlight but I just couldn’t do it justice.  Basically it’s the biggest moth trap in the country – drawing them in over night so that we could visit them in the morning.  And we did just that.

Love Rachel ❤️