Intricately Layered Moth – Die Cut Moth Papercraft

October is almost here! And while I am not quite ready for bats, pumpkins, and spiders just yet, I thought it would be fun to make a little something that could ease us into the spooky season. Because, if butterflies are emblematic of spring and sunshine, then moths must make great representatives for fall and moonlight! So, let’s gather up some pretty paper and make an intricately layered moth.

Intricately Layered Moth


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I know moths sometimes get a bad rep: in fact, I remember a former co-worker once calling them “apocalyptic butterflies.” (Personally, I think that description makes them seem extra cool, but maybe that’s just me). But, I think things are starting to change. I’ve been seeing some fun videos lately, explaining how neat and unique moths are, and I think that’s great! The world needs more positive moth PR.

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I really went for it with the fine details in this design! Moths are such delicate creatures; and, even though this piece is more illustrative than anatomical, I wanted to convey that same sense of delicacy in the finished design.

These moths would make for a really pretty wall art piece, or even just a fun craft to make with a loved one! If you want to give your moth a little more depth, you can add foam tape to a few of the layers (instead of glue).

Intricately Layered Moth

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making this intricately layered moth. And don’t forget to share your super cute, finished creation with me on Instagram!

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12 Comments on Intricately Layered Moth – Die Cut Moth Papercraft

  1. Kathy
    September 29, 2021 at 10:38 am (3 years ago)

    Your moth design is gorgeous! Thank you so much for creating and sharing it. A couple of years ago as I was diligently weeding my yard I came across a plant that was covered in black and yellow caterpillars. Not knowing any better I destroyed the plant and the caterpillars. Fast forward to this year, and I learned that the caterpillars actually eat the noxious weed and will get rid of it naturally. The moth that the caterpillar becomes is the Cinnabar Moth. Now, when I see the caterpillars on the plants, I just leave them alone and let them do their job. Another one that I learned about recently, I mistook for a hummingbird when I first saw it, it is commonly called sphinx, hawk, or “hummingbird” moth.

    • Mandee
      September 29, 2021 at 12:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow! That is so awesome!! What a crazy and diverse species. I’ve always loved moths. I would chase them around at my grandma’s farmhouse. The ones that could be found there were typically easier to catch than butterflies, so I spent a fair amount of time examining them. 😊

  2. Charlotte Silber
    September 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm (3 years ago)

    these are really pretty/ Thanks for sharing your talent.

    • Mandee
      September 30, 2021 at 9:44 am (3 years ago)

      So glad you like them Charlotte!!

  3. Pam Garrett
    September 29, 2021 at 6:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Your moths are beautiful, Mandee! I just wish I could say that for the thousands of black ones that cover everything in the spring every few years. The moths came because our forests burned. One moth is okay, but we get 40, 50, 60 of them flitting around the living room. They seem to come right through the walls. I dance around the house with a vacuum hose in hand, especially in the early morning when they can’t move as fast. I am happy to mail you a box of them the next time they come to visit. Once the moths come, we can look forward to the arrival of the bats. They like to roost on the porch (upside down of course). Bats provide lots of entertainment when they get in the house also! I am surprised at how many people love bats–real ones. Those folks are welcome to come by and gather them anytime.

    • Mandee
      September 30, 2021 at 9:45 am (3 years ago)

      Wow! Sounds like the critters in your neck of the woods sure keep you on your toes!! 😮

      • Pam Garrett
        September 30, 2021 at 11:03 am (3 years ago)

        The bears and coyotes are the most scary. We worry about our little corgi pup every time she has to go outside. She’s fearless. Sometimes she is in the yard nose to nose with a buck or doe.

  4. Dawn DeBlois
    September 29, 2021 at 8:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness these are pretty Mandee!!! Thank you for sharing them!

    • Mandee
      September 30, 2021 at 9:46 am (3 years ago)

      You are most welcome Dawn!! ❤️

  5. Clotilde Lemaine
    October 6, 2021 at 12:49 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s beautiful 🙂 thank you for this project

  6. Shelley L THORNTON
    October 11, 2021 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Is there a supply list?

    • Mandee
      October 11, 2021 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

      All you really need are sheets of cardstock, a cutting machine, glue and/or foam tape. 😊


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