Paper Couture Butterfly Necklaces

Jewelry can be made from just about anything, including plain old paper. With an inexpensive kit and a little imagination, these butterfly necklaces will really take flight.
paper couture butterfly necklace is ready to wear

paper couture butterfly necklace is ready to wear

Materials and Tools:

Plaid Paper Couture butterfly kit
waxed paper
tweezers
wire-cutters
round-nosed pliers
toothpicks

Steps:

1. Cut out three butterflies.

2. Using brush and paper glue, glue two butterflies together.

3. Cut three eye pins to 1" length. Use paper glue to attach one pin to each wing of a butterfly. The third pin is attached to the body, facing down. Let dry for several minutes.

4. Apply glue again, as in step 2, and stick the butterflies from step 2 to the butterfly from step 3. Let dry for 10 minutes. Rinse brush clean of glue.

5. Apply one large jewel just below the head using jewel glue. Use fingers to shape and curve butterfly wings. Shape and curve antenna and glue to each wing using paper glue. Let dry for several minutes.

6. Using a brush, apply three coats of paper hardener to both the front and back of the butterfly. Set on waxed paper for 15 minutes to dry between each coat. Toothpicks are handy for cleaning excess hardener from butterflies’ wing cutouts.

7. Cut eye pins to 1" and 1-1/2" lengths. Thread one gold bead, one faceted bead and a second gold bead onto each pin. Attach pins to bottom eye loop on butterfly; use pliers to open and close loop.

8. Measure and cut two 12" lengths of wire. Thread each through one butterfly wing eye pin, one wing at a time. Even out the wire, thread gold crimp bead to both ends and crimp closed with pliers.

9. Apply jewel glue to wire ends and insert into tube clasps. Repeat on other side.

Next Up

Paper Bead Necklace

Mold extra scrapbook paper into distinctive beaded jewelry.

Beaded Beads Necklace

Thread delicate seed beads around a larger wooden bead to create a centerpiece necklace bead-lovers will adore.

Create a Teen Sensation With Rock-Star Necklaces

See how easy it is to make homemade resin jewelry.

Paper Mache Candy Bowl

What's Halloween without the candy? Keep these crafty bowls filled and the little monsters will come running!

Wire-Wrapped Ring Form

Here's one technique for creating a wire-wrapped ring.

Homemade Jewelry

Jewelry doesn't always have to come from a jewelry store. A lot of things such as necklaces and bracelets can be made from kits or from things you find at home.

Earring Rings

Learn how to take apart outdated earrings – even clip-ons from the thrift store – and transform them into fun finger rings.

Turn Washers into Jewelry

Crafty DIYers can make funky jewelry out of ordinary metal washers.

Sterling Silver Wire Bangle

Wire wrapped jewelry is less expensive than casting silver or gold, and often creates a work of art that is more unique.

Filigree Flower Necklace

Inspired by a gemstone necklace, this piece features decorative picots, eyelash yarn and a stunning metal filigree flower detail.

Stories We're Following

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Discover Made + Remade

See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.

Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.