On Friday afternoon, Gem and I had a fun couple of hours drinking tea, looking for inspiration and making paper butterflies. They are pretty easy to make (cutting the wings to an realistic looking butterfly shape was a little tricky though!), and I reckon we'll probably make some more-some Summer decorations perhaps?
Tear out a page of an old magazine and fold the paper back and forth (like a concertina).We started off by tying some cotton around the middle, but it wasn't really strong enough.
Next we tried a thicker string and it seemed to work much better. As I mentioned, shaping the wings was the only bit that took a few goes to get right. Keep the top wing as wide and as pointy as you can, and make the lower one short and curved.
Our first attempts-not looking good!
Our best attempts! (apologies for wonky photo)
Not a bad way to use up some old magazines. The boy loved helping with it too (the folding bit rather than the cutting-obviously!), so it's a fun activity to try with kiddos. Have a go!