Ah, the sun is shining this morning and I’ve already seen the first few butterflies! And I’m so excited to share my new pop-up card design with you! I created this card for all those who are eager to try a pop-up card but are a little intimidated by the glorious apple tree pop-up card I posted last week. My butterfly pop-up card is much faster to cut and simpler to assemble than my tree. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day, summer birthdays, and all butterfly lovers. The thing I love about this card is how the wings flutter gently when there’s any movement, whether that’s just opening the card, holding it in your hands, or from a little breeze. Here’s a video of the butterfly card’s wings in action:
This butterfly card packs a big effect without being difficult to cut or put together. This card is also sized small (just under 5″ x 7″) so it’s easy to gift and send in the mail. Plus, if butterflies are your thing, I drew my butterfly design from a real Monarch butterfly for realistic wings!
My pop-up butterfly card can actually be assembled in three different ways—as a simple “flutterby ” (without wing color), a fantasy rainbow butterfly (with one-piece wing color), or as a traditional Monarch butterfly (with pieced wing color). I’ve made a video which shows all three versions, as well as assembly instructions for each one. The Monarch butterfly with the pieced wing color is the most complicated (and even that’s really easy).
Here’s the assembly video if you want to see how it all goes together.
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DIY Pop-Up Butterfly Card Materials
For all versions, you’ll need the following materials.
- Cardstock in complementary/contrasting colors (1-3 sheets for the wings, 1 sheet for the outside of the card, and 1 sheet for the inside of the card)
- A way to cut out your butterfly (THIS is what I use that makes it SO fast and easy to cut out this butterfly card!)
- Spray adhesive (I used 3M Spray Mount)
- My cut files (they are in my free resource library — get the password and link at the bottom of this post)
For the fantasy rainbow butterfly, I used one of Melody Lane’s digital papers for the wing color. Specifically, I used the Grace 3 design. I printed Grace 3 out on regular paper (both sides), then cut out the solid wing piece using file name: “pop-up-butterfly-solid-wing-insert”). Here’s what it looks like:
For the Monarch butterfly, I used black (3 sheets), yellow (1 sheet), orange (1 sheet), and white (1 sheet)—all of which was Core’dinations cardstock. The wing pieces were cut using the file named with those specific colors.
You can get the free SVG/DXF files for the pop-up butterfly in my free resource library—if you don’t have a password to it yet, subscribe to my blog (I send out a friendly letter with project updates weekly) and I’ll send you the password (just fill out the form at the bottom of this post)
There are eight files for this project, as follows:
- pop-up-butterfly-all – this may be the only one you need, as all parts are in it!
- pop-up-butterfly-card-backs – cut 1 on black card stock (or purple card stock for rainbow butterfly)
- pop-up-butterfly-card-left – cut 1 on black card stock (or purple card stock for rainbow butterfly)
- pop-up-butterfly-card-right – cut 1 on black card stock (or purple card stock for rainbow butterfly)
- pop-up-butterfly-card-orange cut 1 on orange card stock (for monarch butterfly only)
- pop-up-butterfly-card-yellow – cut 1 on yellow card stock (or dark purple card stock for rainbow butterfly)
- pop-up-butterfly-card-white – cut 1 on white card stock (or light purple card stock for rainbow butterfly)
- pop-up-butterfly-card-wings – cut 1 on double-sided colorful paper (for rainbow butterfly only)
How to Make the Pop-Up Butterfly Card
First, cut out your cardstock for the version you wish to make (review my video linked above to see all three versions). If you use a Cricut, I recommend you cut on a clean StandardGrip mat on the cardstock setting.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG file to Cricut Design Space, or you’re having issues (such as getting a message that says “unsupported file”), please watch my free training series, The Joy of SVGs. It will help you SO much!
If you are assembling the simple version, just slot the two halfs of the butterfly together and wrap the outer card around them. Use spray adhesive to stick the rectangle sections of the slotted butterflies to the outer card, just be careful not to get any adhesive on the wings.
If you are assembling either the fantasy butterfly or the Monarch butterfly, your first step is to put adhesive on the backs of the slotted butterfly wings. Set them down as shown below and spray them well, then give them about 30 seconds before the next step.
Place the inner rectangles on the rectangle sections of the slotted butterfly wings, being careful to center them top-to-bottom and not overlap on the body of the butterfly.
Now place the wing color piece(s) on the slotted butterfly wing. If you’re going for the fantasy rainbow version, you’re using one full wing insert piece.
The Monarch butterfly uses six pieces, which all fit together like a puzzle. As you place the pieces on, check to make sure you’re covering all open areas. Press down well once in position. Repeat for the other wing.
Once the wing color is in place, spray the back wing pieces with adhesive and place over the colored wing. Be sure to line up the back wing so it matches your wing assembly perfectly, then press into place.
Fold the assembled wings where the body meets the rectangle.
Slot the wings together (one slides into the other from top to bottom).
Now it’s time to attach the outer card. First, you’ll want to fold the butterfly and put the small black butterfly cut-outs back into position (these will protect the inner cardstock when we spray adhesive in the next step).
Protect the wings with some scrap paper (in the photo below, I’m using blue scrap paper so it’s easier for you to see) and spray both the front and back of the folded butterfly assembly.
Remove the black butterfly inserts to reveal the white butterflies again, then line up the outer card with the butterfly assembly so the butterflies all line up.
Put black and orange butterfly inserts into the empty spaces on the front of the card to cover the adhesive underneath.
Feel free to put any extra butterfly inserts you have on the insert of the card. You can even fold the wings up a bit for a three dimensional effect.
Voila! You’re done!
Your butterfly card will fit in a standard 5″x7″ envelope. Need an envelope tutorial and files? Let me know and I’ll work on it!
I love seeing your butterfly cards—here are several shared with me by my readers:
Here is a butterfly card by reader Annamarie Spinoso, who claims to be a Cricut “newbie.” Looks beautiful, doesn’t it?
Reader Dana Mahan made this lovely Monarch butterfly card:
This butterfly card is by reader Becky Salewski — I love her paper choices!
Here is another reader’s card — this one a traditional Monarch butterfly — made by Bonita Clark:
Looks this pretty lavendar butterfly by Misty Morgan!
And I love this butterfly card with translucent wings by Monique van Corstanje:
As always, let me know if you have any questions. And if you make a butterfly card, please let me know or tag it with #jennifermaker — I will include a photo of it here on my blog with your permission!
P.S. Here is the form to fill out to get the password to the library with the SVG/DXF files for this project:
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