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How to Make a Butterfly Bandage

A butterfly bandage is handy item when a wound has smooth edges. It brings the edges of skin together and thus speeds up the healing.


  • Step 1: Cut piece of tape Cut off a piece of tape that is about 1" in length.
  • Step 2: Fold tape in half Fold the piece of tape in half so that the non-sticky sides are against one another.
  • Step 3: Cut triangular notch Cut a small triangular notch on one side of the tape, beginning about a quarter of the way down from the folded edge and cut angling up toward—but not all the way to—the center of the folded edge.
  • Step 4: Repeat on other side Repeat on the other side, cutting a triangular notch that matches the one you just cut.
  • Step 5: Unfold tape Unfold the tape so the sticky side is facing up.
  • TIP: The tape should look like it has a bow-tie shape in the middle.
  • Step 6: Fold center flaps Fold the center flaps across the middle of tape, sticky side in, so they overlap. This will prevent the adhesive from sitting directly on top of the wound.
  • Step 7: Apply bandage Apply the bandage by sticking one end of the tape on one side of the wound, gently holding the edges of the wound together, pulling the tape across the wound, and sticking its other end in place.
  • TIP: The narrow middle of the tape should be positioned over the edges of the wound.
  • Step 8: Apply many bandages If the wound is long, make and apply as many butterfly bandages as needed along its length.
  • FACT: The wings of butterflies and moths are actually transparent.

You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape

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