Chocolate Butterflies Using Wax Paper and Books! {Pattern Included}

Welcome to the first post in my five week series.  I have the most amazing pinterest inspired party ideas to share with you all.

Weeks Worth!!!!
That’s right, for
the next 5 weeks I will be posting amazing tutorials, every day.


Here’s why:
My lovely sister, Jordan, and I have been planning a surprise birthday party for our gorgeous sister Laurel’s 19th birthday. It took about 2 months of prep (with many helping hands) & many more weeks of planning (Laurel being jealous for me always calling Jordan and not her– HA!) BUT WE DID IT WITHOUT HER FINDING OUT!

This project all started when I saw these beautiful chocolate butterflies on Pioneer Woman about a year ago & I finally had a opportunity to try them out for myself. With a little construction twist of my own, of course. πŸ™‚
Trace out the pattern by placing the wax paper over a printed version (my pattern is found at the bottom of the post.)
Next, melt your chocolate almond bark.
Don’t use chocolate chips. They won’t be strong enough to hold it up.
I didn’t want to risk my butterfly sticking so I LIGHTLY buttered my wax paper.
Turn your wax paper over (with the marker pattern you drew facing the counter) and fold your paper with the crease in the middle of the butterflies body. You want the crease to make the form of the butterfly. 
Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for! 
Now you can pipe your chocolate butterfly. Pipe onto a flat surface (it makes it easier)
sure to use a pretty thick piping attachment (if using a frosting bag)
or if you are using a ziplock, just make you make all your lines thick
enough. If you don’t, they will fall apart when hard.
Once your masterpiece is finished, transfer onto a thick, open book & into the fridge.

Only Refrigerate until Hardened! 
I had 7 butterflies in my fridge hardening when my
husband got home… you should have seen his face when he opened the door only to find books with
butterflies in the fridge! :P)

 The book will give it the realistic wing span.

By the way, these hold up best when you use the as soon as they are hard! πŸ™‚

Just so you can see, we had a few butterfly “fails” along the way. πŸ˜›
Be creative & do different sizes and even be creative with maybe using other designs in the wings!

Below is the pattern we used. 
Just print and trace!

Hope you LOVE it & give it a try yourself! They make great cake toppers! (just make sure the weather isn’t too hot!)

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  1. Ashely

    August 24th, 2012 at 12:45 am


  2. Hannah Hathaway

    September 17th, 2012 at 4:23 pm


  3. Anonymous

    August 25th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    these are adorable.

  4. Hannah Hathaway

    September 17th, 2012 at 4:22 pm


  5. Anonymous

    August 25th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    i luv this!

  6. Hannah Hathaway

    September 17th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Glad you like them!

  7. Christina J. Reyenga

    September 22nd, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Your goodie ideas are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing I will be coming back to this blog for more deliciousness. lol

  8. Hannah Hathaway

    September 23rd, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Thanks Christina! <3

  9. Elise@growcreative

    October 3rd, 2012 at 1:40 am

    This looks like fun! Great idea!

  10. Hannah Hathaway

    October 3rd, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    So glad you like them! <3

  11. Ka Alencar

    October 5th, 2012 at 10:32 am

    When I saw "chocolate butterflies wirh… and BOOKS" I was like: Wait, what??? I have to ser this. Now i get it why u used a book, its so perfect! Great idea!!
    Thank u for the tutorial, def gonna try it!
    Kisses from Brazil =**

  12. Hannah Hathaway

    October 5th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Glad you found it helpful! It works great! <3

  13. porkchoptuesday

    October 5th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    What a fabulous idea to use the book! Glad I saw you on Craft Gossip!

  14. Hannah Hathaway

    October 5th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks! Glad you stopped by, come again! πŸ™‚

  15. Anonymous

    October 5th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Would have liked to have seen the finished product once off the wax paper =(

  16. Hannah Hathaway

    October 13th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I was in such a rush running my sister's surprise party that I didn't even get a chance to take a picture of them off the wax paper! But I am going to make them again, and will post a picture then! <3

  17. pamb

    October 6th, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I've made butterflies and other shapes using this technique, but never thought of using an open book to add a little 3-D effect — brilliant!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Hannah Hathaway

    October 7th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    The book works great! And it looks really pretty while drying on them too! <3

  19. Karla Flores

    October 7th, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Love this idea! I definitely need to try this!
    My best friend loves butterflies so.. Now I know how to decorate her birthday cake πŸ™‚
    Thank you!
    Greetings from Monterrey, MΓ©xico

  20. Hannah Hathaway

    October 7th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    It looks stunning on cakes! So glad you can use it! Love, Hannah

  21. Kayt's mom

    October 8th, 2012 at 2:34 am

    Love this! You could use lots of colors of candy melts, too! (I have a 12 year old daughter, so color is a BIG thing!)

  22. Hannah Hathaway

    October 8th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Great Idea!

  23. Regina

    October 8th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Very nice! My recommendation would be to not use chocolate chips, because there is no way they will hold their shape. If you can, temper chocolate and use that, if not, use candy melts.

    And also: storing chocolate in a fridge is a pretty large no-no in the pastry world. It is okay to put something in there to cool for 5-10 minutes, but for storage, it wreaks havoc with the chocolate's structure and can cause sugar bloom on the chocolate!

    That said, I love the book technique! πŸ™‚

  24. Hannah Hathaway

    October 8th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Very true! As I mentioned in my post, we found that chocolate candy melts work best, and as you said, storing them in the fridge should not be a long term thing.

    You really need to make these the day you are using them for optimal results! (found this out through experience! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for those points!

    <3 Hannah

  25. Olivia Snow

    October 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    This is amazing, Hannah! I am so excited to see all the other exciting things ahead! If this is just the beginning… I can't imagine what awesome things there are to come! πŸ˜€

  26. Hannah Hathaway

    October 23rd, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks Olivia! <3

  27. KLFoodBlog

    November 11th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    this is so creative and amazing, love it!

  28. Hannah Hathaway

    November 11th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Glad you like it! πŸ™‚

  29. Tracy Lu

    November 21st, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    this is so professional! genius!
    thanks for sharing!

  30. Anonymous

    January 27th, 2013 at 4:22 am

    I love this and will definately have do try this for the next time our friends visit for supper. Thanks!

  31. Anonymous

    March 7th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I just loved your blog. Beijos. Ana Paula – BRASIL.

  32. Hani Shabbir

    March 15th, 2013 at 2:03 am

    wow.. This is a great idea.. Love it!

  33. Anonymous

    March 16th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Your tutorial inspired me to make topers for the cupcakes I was doing this weekend. They turned out great. I didn't do butterflies as it was for a guy's party. I saw the "fail" that you had and was trying to figure out how to avoid having mine melt or spread befor they harden. I decided to put my cookie sheets in the freezer for an hour befor starting. I worked great. Especially when the chocolate was a little warmer and more runny. It helped to harden it quickly and keep my lines nice and crisp. You could also do this with your books. Just put them in the freezer befor you start. Thanx for the great idea! Their sure to be a hit.

  34. Anonymous

    March 24th, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I found this post through pinterest, and these are so cute! I am making a lemon cake for dessert on Easter, and I think these will look great in white chocolate on top of the cake! I am so glad I found this!

  35. Hannah Hathaway

    April 8th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Sounds adorable! Let me know how they turn out!!! <3

  36. Anonymous

    March 26th, 2013 at 6:04 am

    This gave me a great idea for my bedroom oddly enough, but instead of chocolate I used hot glue piped in that shape and then painted. Thanks for the inspiration!

  37. Anonymous

    April 7th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    These are sooooo cute. I just made them using Wilton candy melts. I used parchment paper and they did not stick. Thanks for the instructions and inspiration!

  38. Hannah Hathaway

    April 8th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    That's great! Glad you like them!

  39. Nancy Carlson

    April 7th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I love these..Thank you…

  40. Nadine

    April 8th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial! I made the butterflies using candy melts, which hold up really well. You can see my butterflies here:

  41. Hannah Hathaway

    April 8th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Nadine, they look AMAZING! Thank you for sharing. I'm going to share with my facebook followers! Great job! <3

  42. Nadine

    April 8th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hannah, you're too kind! I came across your tutorial a while ago and I really wanted to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Thank you for sharing my picture πŸ™‚

  43. Hannah Hathaway

    April 8th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    No Problem!

  44. Adelina Priddis

    April 29th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I just tried these this weekend! LOVED them! It was a little more tricky than I thought it would be. I've linked back to you in this post

    And I'll be posting another one on Friday πŸ™‚ Just thought you'd like to know.

  45. Hannah Hathaway

    April 29th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    They look great! πŸ™‚

  46. Nina

    May 4th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Okay to use chocolate without nuts? baking chocolate, for instance?

  47. Nisha

    May 16th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    fantastic idea. just last weekend i did not get the time to decorate a cake for a couple except the white layer. the last minute fix: just sprinkle chocolate shavings over the cake. had i seen this before i could have made these small butterflies before hand and they'd look SO pretty on a towering white cake!

    going to remember for the next time. thanks for sharing this idea!

  48. Anonymous

    May 17th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This is such a great idea..Instead of the brown chocolate,you can use the colored wafers also,and fill in the whole butterfly with the color..They are really pretty as well…:0)

  49. Anonymous

    August 28th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Very pretty. Thank you for posting this. It gave me an idea of using the white/chocolate almond bark and colored sugars for sparkle.

  50. Carrie Ames

    August 28th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    i did these for my birthday cake. i think that its gonna look awesome! thanks so much!

  51. Anonymous

    November 5th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Hannah you are so gifted, I like this. πŸ™‚

  52. cecily

    December 17th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Hello Hannah, thank you for this nice butterfly! I'm going to try doing chocolate butterflies for my X mas cakes

  53. marcia

    February 4th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    This is bloody brillant, thanks for the idea.

  54. AUX papilles D'ISA

    March 15th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    merci beaucoup de poster ces images πŸ˜‰ magnifique!!! et moi qui me prend la tΓͺte pour mes dΓ©co la je vais essayer de suite merci et encore un grand BRAVO <3

  55. Lindsay

    October 4th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This is the coolest idea! I can't have chocolate (allergic), but this could be a really fun gift for someone. πŸ™‚


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