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

Paper Couture Butterfly Necklaces

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.

Keep Reading

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!

Filigree Flower Necklace

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

How to Make Marbleized Paper With Shaving Cream

See how easy it is to turn plain paper into colorful, expensive-looking marble stationery.

Twisted Fiber and Bead Necklace

Learn how interesting fibers can become necklaces: simply twist them until they ply together, tie them off and adorn them with tassels, beads and charms.

Crochet Circle Necklace

How to crochet an eye-catching necklace using sparkly gold yarn.

5 Crafts to Make With Tissue Paper

Tissue paper is an underrated craft material, often relegated to stuffing into gift bags. But tissue paper has so many uses in crafting, it should have it's own spot in the Crafting Material Hall of Fame.

Relief Printing 101: Cool Ways to Customize Paper + Textiles

Create customized stamps using inexpensive supplies like...potatoes!

On TV

Garage Gold

7:30am | 6:30c

Yard Crashers

8:30am | 7:30c

Yard Crashers

9:30am | 8:30c

Yard Crashers

10am | 9c

Yard Crashers

10:30am | 9:30c

Yard Crashers

11am | 10c

Yard Crashers

11:30am | 10:30c

Pool Kings

12pm | 11c

Pool Kings

12:30pm | 11:30c

Pool Kings

1pm | 12c

Pool Kings

1:30pm | 12:30c

Pool Kings

2pm | 1c

Pool Kings

2:30pm | 1:30c

Pool Kings

3pm | 2c

Pool Kings

3:30pm | 2:30c

Pool Kings

4pm | 3c

Pool Kings

4:30pm | 3:30c

Lawn & Order

5:30pm | 4:30c

Lawn & Order

6:30pm | 5:30c

Big Beach Builds

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Big Beach Builds

8pm | 7c

Big Beach Builds

8:30pm | 7:30c

Big Beach Builds

9:30pm | 8:30c

Big Beach Builds

10:30pm | 9:30c

Big Beach Builds

11:30pm | 10:30c

Big Beach Builds

12:30am | 11:30c

Big Beach Builds

1:30am | 12:30c

Big Beach Builds

2:30am | 1:30c

Big Beach Builds

3:30am | 2:30c

Back Flip

4:30am | 3:30c

On TV

Garage Gold

7:30am | 6:30c

Yard Crashers

8:30am | 7:30c

Yard Crashers

9:30am | 8:30c

Yard Crashers

10am | 9c

Yard Crashers

10:30am | 9:30c

Yard Crashers

11am | 10c

Yard Crashers

11:30am | 10:30c

Pool Kings

12pm | 11c

Pool Kings

12:30pm | 11:30c

Pool Kings

1pm | 12c

Pool Kings

1:30pm | 12:30c

Pool Kings

2pm | 1c

Pool Kings

2:30pm | 1:30c

Pool Kings

3pm | 2c

Pool Kings

3:30pm | 2:30c

Pool Kings

4pm | 3c

Pool Kings

4:30pm | 3:30c

Lawn & Order

5:30pm | 4:30c

Lawn & Order

6:30pm | 5:30c

Big Beach Builds

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Big Beach Builds

8pm | 7c

Big Beach Builds

8:30pm | 7:30c

Big Beach Builds

9:30pm | 8:30c

Big Beach Builds

10:30pm | 9:30c

Big Beach Builds

11:30pm | 10:30c

Big Beach Builds

12:30am | 11:30c

Big Beach Builds

1:30am | 12:30c

Big Beach Builds

2:30am | 1:30c

Big Beach Builds

3:30am | 2:30c

Back Flip

4:30am | 3:30c

Get Social With Us

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

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.