Surprise your loved one with a DIY butterfly pop up card! You can easily make your own by using our printable template.
This is a fun spring craft that can also be done in the classroom, it can make the most adorable gift from your students to their parents or other family members.
With spring at he doorstep we’ve been busy making all kinds of bug crafts here at Easy Peasy and Fun and it was about time we made a butterfly one (seeing as we’ve been busy making caterpillars and all kinds of ladybugs).
We are kicking off the “butterfly craftiness” with a cool 3D butterfly pop up card idea, a lovely little flapping beauty – with a printable template and easy to follow instructions.
You can simply print out one of our templates, one comes with all the markings there already and you can simply color them in. The other one allows for a bit more creativity as it only has the outlines of the wings and kids can draw and decorate them however they see fit.
Whichever template your kids will be using, we just know the end results will be wonderful. And sparkly if you decide to use glitter glue to decorate them.
Butterfly Pop Up Card
What you need
- our printable template (you can find it at the end of this tutorial)
- heavier print paper
- colorful construction paper
- optional: glitter glue (make them sparkly, sparkly)
We do recommend you watch the video showing the making of the pop up card as some steps are easier to show rather than describe.
Watch 3D Butterfly Pop Up Card Video Tutorial
Or Follow These Step by Step Folding Instructions
Ready to make this flapping butterfly? Let’s start!
Print the templates – there are two pages for one butterfly.
Color or design your butterfly.
We used regular markers (Tombow) and added some glittery accents to the wings with glitter glue.
Once the butterfly wings are colored (and dry if you used glitter glue) it’s time to cut, cut, cut.
Cut along the outline, all around the square and butterfly wing.
You will see a line along the butterfly body, on both templates.
Cut along that line.
Now it’s time to do some folding.
Press the butterfly down, the fold goes between the butterfly and the square. Crease.
Repeat with the other wing.
Now it’s time to put the butterfly together.
Assemble the butterfly by pushing one butterfly wing through the other (through the part you have cut along the lines).
The halves should fit nicely, forming a butterfly – if it’s a bit off, you can cut along the dash line some more (if needed).
Fold a sheet of letter sized construction paper in half. Crease. Unfold.
“Close” the butterfly card – butterfly on the inside and apply glue on one side of the card.
Glue onto one half of the construction paper, just 1/8 (around) of an inch from the centre.
Glue the other side of the butterfly card on the other half of the construction paper.
You should now see a lovely little flapping butterfly pop up card.
Just let the glue dry completely before flapping.
Get The Butterfly Pop Up Card Template
As promised here are two printable templates to make your pop up card
Clicking the links will open the PDF templates in the new window. If the links do not open, hover your mouse over the text, right click and choose save link as (or similar wording in your browser)
The template with decorated wings here: Butterfly Pop-Up Card
And the blank wings template here: Butterfly Pop-Up Blank Card