Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by Kristen Swain13
Toilet Paper Tube Butterflies
Hello! today I am going back about 4 years. Some time ago, I created these adorable toilet paper tube butterflies when I worked for a scrapbooking company. They have been popping up recently on Pinterest without links back to the post and without directions. I thought that it would just be best to recreate them for you, so you could see the full directions and recreate them yourself.
How fun are these guys? They are also pretty easy to make with the kiddos. They take a little time, but I used scrap paper, recycled toilet paper tubes, wiggle eyes and ribbon. You’ll need a stapler and a little glue or glue dots to add the eyes and ribbon antennae to the butterflies.
Gather your supplies: toilet paper tubes, scrap paper, a couple flower punches and a circle punch. You can do your own flower, you don’t have to use this exact one. Just make sure your circle punch fits into the middle of the flower.
First, take a strip of paper that is the right length (the same size) as the paper tube, and make sure it will wrap all the way around the tube. Secure it in place with a staple at top and bottom.
If the middle is a little loose, you can use another staple in the middle.
Cover all your tubes first. I used a variety of colors to make them bright and pretty.
This is the pattern for the wings. Size it to fit a 8×11.5 paper in landscape position in your printer software, print and cut out.
Cut out your shape and trace onto your colored paper.
Cut out pieces for each butterfly.
For each wing, punch out multiple flowers and centers to add to the wings.
To conserve paper, I often cut flowers that will hang over the edges of the wings. Once you have them covered. Flip the wings over and trim off overhanging pieces.
Again use your stapler to staple the wings to the back of the tube. Mix match colors if you like.
Take strips of ribbon, I tie the knot before I trim it off the length of ribbon. Then add a knot to each one.
Adhere the ribbon high up on the tube so they stick up well.
Add wiggle eyes to the front under the ribbons. I love to use various eye sizes to make them a little goofy and cutesy.
They are ready to play with! Have fun!