Butterfly Arts & Crafts Ideas
Red, White, & Blue
Paint one foot blue. Stamp one
on a piece of white paper. Trace hand prints on red
card stock. Cut
out. Glue hand prints on side of foot. Use a white pipe cleaner and
in half. Curl ends. Glue to top of foot. There is your
RED WHITE AND BLUE butterfly.
Symmetrical Paint Butterfly
glue, paint, white paper
scissors and a marker
Put a small amount of different colored paint on sheet of white paper.
Fold in half and
smooth out by gently rubbing hand over paper..... flip
paper over and rub the other side.
Open paper and place a sheet of paper
towel over paint and gently press with hands to
help get rid of extra
paint. With paper towel still on top of paper flip over and apply glue
around the edges. Put on a sheet of construction paper... remove
paper towel. Cut a
body out of yellow construction paper and glue on. Cut
a pair of black strips and fold in
accordion style. Put glue on bottom
part of black strips and stick under butterfly head.
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Color small bowls of water
with food coloring. Using an eye dropper scatter drops
of colored water on
a round coffee filter and watch the colors bleed and blend.
filter dries, draw eyes and body details on a wooden clothes pin.
each coffee filter up in the center and clip with a clothespin. Make
antennae for each butterfly by inserting a pipe cleaner into the end of
pin and twisting it secure. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner.
tissue paper in a multi-layered effect. Decorate the body
with sequins, glitter,
buttons, etc. Make caterpillars from green pompoms
glued to a large
real or paper leaf (with a bite taken out) for a before
and after exhibit.
Tissue Paper Butterfly Wings
Make these beautiful butterfly
wings and encourage you youngsters to
use them as
they play act what might have happened after the very
a butterfly. For each pair of wings, you'll
need a large sheet of colorful
Pinch the tissue paper
together in the middle and secure it with a spring
When a child is ready to use the wings, you simply clip the
wings onto the
back of his
shirt. Fly away, little butterfly!
Draw butterflies on white
paper. Paint water onto them.
Lay down 1" squares of colored tissue paper, onto the wet paper.
Leave a few seconds. Remove the tissue when it has colored the paper.
Egg Carton Caterpillars
white craft glue
cardboard egg carton (cut lengthwise)
poster paint or markers
Cut off the lid of the egg carton. Cut carton cups in half lengthwise.
the shirt cardboard into s strips - long enough to stick out from
the carton on both sides for legs. Turn the carton over and glue
cardboard strips across the underside of each cup. Poke two
of pipe cleaner into top of the first cup for antennae.
caterpillar with poster paints or color with markers.
Make butterfly nets using
cardboard and citrus fruit bags. Make butterflies from rectangle
of tissue paper
twisted in the center. Throw them into the air and catch them with your net.
Use one white bead to be the
egg, four green beads for the caterpillar,
one oval or sparkle bead
for the chrysalis, one butterfly shaped bead for the butterfly.
on a pipe cleaner or Chenille stem and make into a life cycle bracelet.
Have each child fill a
resealable plastic bag with colorful pieces of tissue paper.
pipe cleaner in half around the middle of the bag. Then
pipe cleaner to create the butterfly's antennae and body.
Caterpillar/Butterfly Craft Ideas
We create our own
bookmarks using gummed paper circles in the shape of the
We add features with markers and then use them to
mark our favorite pages in a book. In
the spring, we revisit
the book and make a caterpillar using tissue paper and glue on
to create a wall hanging for each child’s room. The
final project is making a butterfly using
a coffee filter,
colored markers, and a clothespin. We draw on the filter with
and add drops of water. Once dry, we fold the
filter to make wings and tuck it inside the
clothespin. We add
paper antennae and a magnet so the children can hang
butterflies on their refrigerators at home.
Cut a pair of footprints from
one color of paper or step in paint
and onto white paper. Cut out. Do another set of another color.
Glue together, overlapping heels slightly to make butterfly
wings. Draw a body to put between the wings.
Glue all together with added eyes & antennae.
Con-Tact Paper Butterfly
Cut wings from clear contact
paper. On one layer of contact paper, put tissue
paper scraps. Cover with another layer of contact paper. Add pipe cleaner
Stained Glass Butterfly
Glue pieces of colored paper
onto a sheet of white paper, covering in.
Ahead of time cut out the outline of a butterfly from black paper
(this would be too difficult for children to do). Glue the body silhouette
onto the paper which has been covered with many colors. Cut out
around the edges. This gives you the look of a stained glass butterfly.
Butterfly Stick Puppet
Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, or Wallpaper Scraps
Popsicle Sticks or Straws
Stapler or Tape
Fold paper in half. Cut out butterfly wings, add about an extra in
body would be (on the fold). Be sure you don't cut the fold! Color as
desired and glue a popsicle stick where the body would be.
Have the children remove their
shoes and socks. Allow one child
at a time to dip a foot into paint (Any color) and step down into the
middle of a large piece of paper. Have the child step into a tub of
water to rinse his foot. Then have the child paint their hand by brush,
using maybe one color for two fingers, one color for the palm etc.
Just to receive colorful wings. Have the child make a set of hand
prints on each side of the footprint. Have the child then wash and
hands. When the paint is dry cut around the prints by an inch or two in
of a butterfly. For finishing touches add wiggly eyes and pipe cleaners
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Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!