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How to Make a Simple Butterfly Card

Just in time for spring birthdays and Mother’s Day – easy to follow instructions to make a simple butterfly card.

Add a fun touch to Mother's Day or any spring birthday with a simple, handmade butterfly card.


If you can fold a piece of paper in half and cut out a heart, you can make this simple butterfly card!

I haven’t posted any crafty type project in a while, ’cause, well, Pinterest. It really is a great resource. I find and save ideas there all the time . . . and sometimes even get back to use them!

All the perfect looking, fantastically photographed projects there though, often just steal the creativity right out of a person.

But the other day, I sat down to make my mom a birthday card. I had no idea what I was going to do. I grabbed a piece of card stock and folded it in half.

That’s how all good homemade cards start, right?

Then I thought, rectangle cards are boring . . . it’s spring . . . we’ve started to see some butterflies . . . I bet I could make a butterfly card.

Of course my daughter wanted to make one too as soon as she was what I was doing. We were really happy with how they came out. She put antennae on hers, and said it looked better. I’m inclined to agree.


Simple Homemade Butterfly Card


You can make one (or many) too. All you need to know is how to fold a piece of card stock and use a pair of scissors.

Butterfly Card Instructions – 5 Steps

Step 1: Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock in half; make your cut on the 11 inch side.

Step 2: Fold one piece in half; fold on 8 1/2 inch side.

Step 3: Begin to cut the butterfly’s top wings the same way you would cut a heart; stop cutting about 2 inches from the fold (or point of the heart).

Step 4: Cut lower wings by turning card stock slightly and angling up toward top wing a little bit, then circle down and around toward lower edge of card stock; angle back up toward and finish at the fold.


How to Cut a Butterfly Card for Mother's Day


Now before you say you can’t do it, try! Test your skills on some scrap paper. Experiment with different sizes. Larger or smaller might be easier for you. They don’t have to be perfect . . . see those fuzzy demonstration pictures? No perfection here!

If you’re really intimidated by the freehand cutting, there are several butterfly templates available here.

Step 5: Decorate! Use colored pencils like we did on our cards; markers (as long as they’re not almost worn out like most of ours!) would give you deeper color. Or glue on cut-out shapes like we did for the little ones we hung from the lamp over our table.


Hanging butterfly cut-outs


Aren’t they cute?

We had so much fun with the cards that we decided to make a whole flock in different sizes! My original plan was actually a butterfly garland, but . . . this was easier. And less likely to get pulled down too soon!


  • We got the identical cut-out shapes for the symmetrical designs by folding our paper in half and cutting two of each shape at the same time.
  • The most brilliant color on a true butterfly is on the inside of their wings; you don’t see it when their wings are folded. I used creative license with my card and made the colored part the outside and wrote my message on the inside.
  • Really little butterfly cut-outs would make cute cupcake toppers. Just tape a toothpick to the back.


There you go. A simple, unique homemade card just right for Mother’s Day or any spring birthday.

Who will you make a butterfly card for?

If you do make one, I’d love to see a picture. Share it with us over on Facebook.


Shared at: Savoring Saturday, Nourishing Joy, 100 Happy Days,


  1. bekalynn02 says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! We have been studying butterflies this week so this is perfect!

    • What fun to find a project that fits so well with what you’re already doing. Love it when God takes care of those details. 🙂

  2. RecipestoNourish says:

    My kids would love these! Thanks so much for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays gluten free linky party! Hope you’ll join us again.

  3. Aww, these are lovely and so sweet (plus I love butterflies)! Definitely have to make this with the kiddos.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Trudy Feyereisen says:

    Hi Abi! Right up my alley as I love to make cards and LOVE butterflies! Never thought to do this! Thanks for sharing, dear friend! FUN!

    • Hey, Trudy . . . so glad to see you here. 🙂 It makes me happy to know this little tutorial will be put to good use; you bless so many people with your thoughtful notes.

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