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This year, for my daughter’s fifth birthday party, she chose Cinderella as the theme. She specifically told me, “No mama, not the book. I would like my party like Cinderella the movie.” She was referring to the newest 2015 release of Cinderella. This news from my four year old was SO exciting to me. I LOVE this idea. In the movie, Cinderella’s father brings her a paper butterfly from his travels. I thought of incorporating the butterflies in hues of blue throughout her party.
ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers is a line of vibrant color paper. It is PERFECT for this project. The colors I chose for the party are (pictured above top to bottom):
- Gravity Grape
- Venus Violet
- Blast-Off Blue
- Celestial Blue
- Lunar Blue
- Terrestrial Teal
Aren’t they gorgeous? I made these DIY Accordion Paper Butterflies, which are absolutely addicting to make by the way!
- ASTROBRIGHTS® paper colors of choice
- Circle punches (I used 2”, 2.5”, and 3”)
- Gems or buttons
- Glue and Paper Lanterns (optional)
DIY Accordion Paper Butterflies Instructions:
Step 1: Choose your ASTROBRIGHTS®colors. There are 25 to choose from.
Step 2: Make your template. The butterfly template is simply a circle and a square. You can make it any size you wish. I made three different ones. You want the circle and square to be the same with. For example, if you have a 3” diameter circle, you need a 3”X3” square. I used circle punches but if you don’t have those, you can trace the rim of a cup or something similar. Overlap the square and circle and tape it as shown.
Step 3: Next, trace the templates. I wanted to maximize one sheet of paper so I was able to fit one 3” template, one 2.5” template, and three 2” templates.
Step 4: Cut out each template as shown.
Step 5 (Pictures 5 and 6): Make an accordion fold with your template lengthwise.
Step 6 (Picture 7): Bend the center of the butterfly and tie it with a string in a knot. Trim the excess string and gently pull the wings open by quadrant.
One I tied and opened each butterfly; I added a rhinestone in the center. These are so fun to make I kept going and going!
Next, I glued them onto paper lanterns to hang up outside for the birthday party.
I think I am also going to make these for the invitations we are handing out as well as on some other birthday décor. Stay tuned!