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How to Make a Butterfly Pop-Up Card

Learn how to make a butterfly pop-up card in this Howcast video with expert Jessica Tice-Gilbert.


And now I am going to teach you how to make a pop-up butterfly. Take a piece of card stock. I have cut this one in half for the base page. Fold it in half and match the edges and corners. Crease it and set it aside. For the butterfly piece, we are going to make a 90-degree V-fold so cut the corner of the piece of paper off. We are going to fold it so we match this edge to this edge and crease it really well. If the edges don't quite line up, just trim it so that they do.

Now we have a V-fold. Take the base page of the V-fold and line up the center points. Take down the edges. So now we have a V-fold. Next, take that yellow piece of card stock and cut out a wing shape. Then flop it over and actually trace out another wing shape and cut that out as well. Since the wings are actually going to cross one another because we are going to tape one on like this and then tape the other on top on it. We need to create slots so one piece we are going to have a slot going this way and on this piece we are going to have a slot going this way. We can mark where that center line is. I am going to cut that slide out. Also, I am going to put this guy back. Line up your wings where you want them and you are going to mark the top of the first slot because now we are going to make the slot like this so they will be able to interlock, like so.

I have printed out templates for wings and base page and these ones interlock just like that and create their own V. Interlock them like this. Take a piece of double-stick tape and put it underneath the bottom wing, which is also a tab. We are going to line up the edge of the fold so it's the center of the base page and also put double-stick tape on the bottom of the second tab of the second wing. Now when we put these together, you are going to slot them so that the wings are forward. You are going to line up the fold of the tab with the base page. Now you have the wings of a butterfly. And if you feel so inclined, you can cut out a little butterfly body and fold it in half. This is also from the template that I downloaded online. Fold the wings forward so that he looks like this. We are going to put a little bit of double-stick tape on either side of his wings. We are going to line him up with his center line in the center line of the wings and the base page. Crease him down, fold it shut and now there's a pop-up butterfly. And that's how we make a pop-up butterfly.

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