Butterfly 3D Paper Picture
| | By Moini | Category: Paper | 2 Comments
This 3D paper art work can be created very quickly, and will make your home look a little as if it were summer yet, despite the cold outside, and maybe even snow falling.
- Tools/supplies you’ll need:
- scissors, exacto-knife, ruler, printer, glue, frame, light white cardboard, colorful paper for background
- Skills you’ll need:
- steady hands, ability to cut very carefully with an exacto-knife
How to proceed:
- optionally: adapt the template to your needs by editing the original svg file (Licence: CC-By-SA 4.0)
- print your version or this template file (Licence: CC-By-SA 4.0) out on sturdy paper (I chose white light cardboard)
- score along the dashed lines using a ruler and a pointed, but not cutting instrument (like one end of small scissors)
- cut the butterflies out very carefully along the solid lines, leaving the blue parts un-cut.
- turn the work around and push the butterflies out
- fold along the pre-creased lines
- optionally carefully shape the wings a little to make them look more natural
- glue it onto a contrasting background, with summerly colors
- frame it in a deep frame (I got mine at a flea market and painted it white)
- hang it on a wall or put it somewhere else where you can enjoy it, or give it as a gift
Enjoy your little paper art work!
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2 Comments ⚓
Margaret Jones ⚓Sun 06 November 2016
Thank you for sharing your work. I am very new to paper craft so I need all the help I can get. I really like the book folding but like you I wasn’t too keen on the designs (they are very limited) so learning how to do it myself would be awesome. I was also wondering if your butterfly template would work on a ScannCut machine as they accept svg files. Do you think it would?
Moini ⚓Sun 06 November 2016
it would probably take some more editing before it can be machine-cut.
The things that would need to be done are:
Remove the explanation texts (you don’t want them cut out ;-))
Find out if the machine knows how to prepare for folds (not cuts), as some machines can make just a small ‘scratch’ into the paper’s surface, so it’ll be easier to fold in the exact position. You would need to find out what it needs in the SVG for this (maybe a specific color, line width, or a specific layer name, or a specific name for the creases).
Optimize the paths for cutting. Find out what the machine needs for this. Do you need to label them? Do they need to have a specific line width or color? Is the order of the paths in the document useful, or can you save time by reordering them, so the machine won’t have to jump back and forth so much?
I don’t own a device like that (sigh…), and for every device there are different things that it wants to have in the input file to function properly, so I can’t prepare it in that way.
For editing, I’d suggest to use Inkscape: https://inkscape.org - it also has a couple of extensions that are meant for preparing files for cutting and plotting.
Kind Regards, Maren