23 Beautiful And Unique Butterfly Crafts For Kids Of All Ages

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Children love butterflies, don’t they? Well, butterflies come in an array of bright colors and are highly enticing. You may not find butterflies every hour of the day to show them to your children, but you can bring the spring season into your home by making butterflies crafts.

Butterfly crafts are excellent for creating beautiful butterflies out of inexpensive materials found at home. You could use paper rolls, paper plates, plastic cups, egg cartons, and many more items with beautiful colors.

Keep scrolling as we bring you some easy-to-do butterfly crafts for kids. These crafts will not only mesmerize your child but also develop their creativity and fine motor skills. 

20+ Butterfly Crafts For Kids

Check out our list of unique and selected butterfly crafts for your children. Try these ideas with your children and spark their creativity.

1. Flower butterfly

This is a fabulous nature activity involving making butterflies out of flowers and paper.

What you need:

  • Flower petals
  • Twigs
  • Leaves
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Collect twigs, leaves, and flower petals of different colors.
  • Take a paper and cut it in the shape of a butterfly.
  • Paste the twigs on the middle and top of the paper to form the body and antennae.
  • Glue the petals and leaves on the wings to make them colorful.

2. Handprint wooden spoon butterfly

Turn your simple wooden spoons into beautiful butterflies.

What you need:

  • Wooden spoon
  • Colored paper
  • Child-friendly paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Get a wooden spoon.
  • Make your handprints on colorful paper and cut them out.
  • Use the spoon as the butterfly’s body and paste the handprints on both sides to make the wings.
  • Make the antennae out of paper cuttings and draw the eyes.

3. Origami paper butterfly

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Make adorable butterflies by using paper.

What you need:

  • Origami paper
  • Thread
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Fold the paper in half and cut it into two equal pieces.
  • Make accordion folds (alternating folds) with one of the papers.
  • Take the other half and fold it horizontally.
  • Open it and fold the four corners towards the center.
  • Flip it and make accordion folds.
  • Bend both the pleated papers in half and tie them at the center.
  • Pull the pleats to form the wings.

4. Stick and leaf butterfly

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This is a pretty butterfly craft that will remind your children of spring.

What you need:

  • Sticks
  • Leaves
  • Colors
  • Glue
  • Glitters

How to do:

  • Take a long stick to make the body of your butterfly and place two small sticks on the tip of it as antennae. Color it black.
  • Paste two large leaves on the top half of the stick and two smaller leaves on the bottom half to form the wings.
  • Color the leaves with your child’s favorite colors and add glitters to make your butterfly more colorful.

5. Stained glass butterfly

Here’s a fantastic butterfly craft that you could do with children during the winter.

What you need:

  • Colorful contact paper
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Marker
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Cut out a contact paper and paste it behind the butterfly template.
  • Cut small pieces of colored tissue paper and paste them on the contact paper to fill up the entire frame.
  • Take another contact paper and put it over the frame.
  • Cut out the extra paper on the borders.
  • Make a hole on any of the wings, tie a thread on it, and hang it to your window.

6. Toilet paper roll butterfly

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Now, you do not have to discard the toilet paper rolls. Instead, you can upcycle them into cute butterflies.

What you need:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Twigs
  • Colors
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Strings

How to do:

  • Cut the paper roll into a small piece and paint it with your favorite colors.
  • Make a Y shape with the twigs to form the antennae.
  • Cut out a butterfly template from colorful paper and paste it behind the roll. You may decorate the butterfly in whichever way your child wants.
  • Use strings to hang it.

7. Coffee filter butterfly

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Do you see clothespins and coffee filters lying around in the house? Turn them into gorgeous butterflies.

What you need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Colors
  • Dropper
  • Clothespins

How to do:

  • Take two coffee filters and place them one over the other.
  • Flatten the filters to color them.
  • With the help of a dropper, drip water onto the filters until they are almost wet and then dry them.
  • Once dry, separate the filters and fold them in an accordion style to get a pair of strips.
  • Now, put a clothespin in the middle of the strips.
  • Open the strips sidewise to get a pair of colorful wings.
  • Make the antennae with a loop of paper and fix them at the tip of the clothespin.

8. Drinking straw butterfly

Surprise your little ones by turning drinking straws into fabulous butterflies.

What you need:

  • Colorful straws
  • Bendable wire
  • Clothespin
  • Marker
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Cut the colorful straws into small pieces.
  • Take a length of bendable wire. Add the straw pieces to it one by one.
  • Once you finish the loop, bend it in the shape of a butterfly.
  • Fix the clothespin at the middle to form the body.
  • Make eyes with the marker and put two straw pieces at the tip for the antennae.

9. Muffin liners butterfly

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Are your children fond of cupcakes and muffins? If yes, the next time they eat them, do not throw away the cupcake or muffin liners. Turn them into bubbly butterflies.

What you need:

  • Cupcake or muffin liners
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Colorful buttons
  • Glue

How to do:

  • Get a pair of muffin liners, and open and flatten them carefully.
  • Make accordion folds with the liners to get two strips.
  • Fold both the strips in half to create a crease in the middle.
  • Apply glue at the center of one strip and paste the other over it.
  • Take a pipe cleaner and fold it in half.
  • Now twist the pipe cleaner around the strips, leaving the ends open
  • Open the folded strips to make the wings.
  • Trim and curl the ends of the pipe cleaner for the antennae.
  • Put a button in the middle of the butterfly.

10. Bow tie noodles butterfly

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This is a super-easy way of making adorable butterflies out of bow tie noodles.

What you need:

  • Bow tie noodles
  • Bright colors
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • White paper

How to do:

  • Paint the noodles with bright colors of your choice.
  • Take a sheet of white paper and paste the colored noodles on it.
  • Draw the antennae behind the noodles on the paper using the marker.

11. Puffy tissue paper butterfly

Show your children how tissue paper can be converted into fun crafts by making an elegant butterfly out of them.

What you need:

  • Colorful pieces of tissue paper
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Thin wire
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Take eight squares of tissue paper for the wings. Cut the squares in different sizes.
  • Stack all the papers together and fold them in an accordion pattern to form strips.
  • Fold the papers in half and tie a wire in the middle.
  • Open the strips and separate the sheets to get puffy wings. You may cut the edges of the wings to create fringes.
  • For the body, fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist it at the middle of the wings.
  • Curl the top end of the pipe cleaner to make the antennae.

12. Monarch butterfly

If your children are impressed by the monarch butterflies, make some stunning monarch butterflies with crepe papers.

What you need:

  • Party streamers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paints
  • Wooden peg
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Cut some pieces of colorful party streamers and stack them one over the other.
  • Color the wooden peg, slid the streamers into the slit, and then scrunch them at the center.
  • Now, for the antennae, place a piece of pipe cleaner at the tip in a V-shape.

13. Cork butterfly

Make some lovely butterflies by using corks.

What you need:

  • Corks
  • Paints
  • Paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Cut butterfly wings out of colorful paper or white paper, where your child can paint.
  • Apply glue at the center of the wings and place it at the back of the cork.
  • Add the googly eyes on the cork.
  • For the antennae, take a piece of pipe cleaner, bend it, and place it at the tip of the cork.
  • Draw a smiley face with a marker.

14. Sponge painted butterfly

Bring your bathroom loofah to create something creative. Use it as a painting tool for the children to color a beautiful butterfly.

What you need:

  • Loofah
  • Paint
  • Butterfly template
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Craft stick

How to do:

  • Paint a craft stick and let it dry.
  • Put some paint on a plate to dip the sponge and then dab it on the template.
  • Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and curl the ends to make the antennae.
  • Paste the craft stick on the middle of the butterfly template and glue the pipe cleaner to its tip.

15. Seashell butterfly

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Make an exquisite butterfly by using seashells, and let your children be stunned by its beauty.

What you need:

  • Seashells
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paper

How to do:

  • Take a piece of paper for the background.
  • Take two identical shells that look similar to create the wings, one oval-shaped shell for the body, one round-shaped shell for the head, and two thin shells for the antennae.
  • Paint the shells with bright colors and let them dry.
  • Next, glue the shells to the paper to form a butterfly.
  • Make antennae with wires.

16. Foam cup butterfly

Grab a foam cup and turn it into a darling butterfly for your children.

What you need:

  • Foam cups
  • Paints
  • Pipe cleaners
  • White cardstock paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Paint the foam cup as per your child’s wish and let it dry.
  • Make butterfly wings out of white cardstock paper. Paint them with dazzling colors.
  • Cut the painted wings to equal halves.
  • Now, add glue to the wings and paste them on the sides of the foam cup.
  • Add googly eyes and antennae (with pipe cleaners) to the butterfly and draw the mouth with a marker.

17. Popsicle stick butterfly

Collect popsicles sticks and modify them into a super-cute butterfly.

What you need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Colored cardstock
  • Marker
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Scissors

How to do:

  • Cut butterfly wings out of the colored cardstock and paint them as per your color choice.
  • Take three popsicle sticks and place them vertically in a line. This forms the body.
  • Cut small pieces of a fourth stick and paste them behind the three popsicle sticks.
  • Paint the sticks and let them dry.
  • Now glue the wings at the center and paste the sticks over it.
  • Make the eyes and mouth with the marker and put antennae (cut pieces of a pipe cleaner for this) on the top.

18. Bubble art butterfly

Your children must have tried blowing bubbles into milk. Use their bubbling art in making fabulous butterflies.

What you need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Bubble solution
  • Liquid colors
  • Plastic container
  • Straw
  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • Craft stick
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

How to do:

  • Pour bubble solution and liquid color into a plastic container and mix well.
  • Take a straw, dip it in the solution and start blowing. You will see the bubbles forming at the top of the solution.
  • Keep blowing until the bubbles overflow the plastic container.
  • Now take the watercolor paper and place it over the bubbles.
  • Remove the paper. You will see that the bubbles have transferred onto the paper.
  • Now cut the bubble-printed paper into the shape of a butterfly.
  • Paste a craft stick in the middle to form the body. Add buttons on it to make it more beautiful.
  • Add googly eyes and antennae.

19. Beaded butterfly

Give your butterfly a beady touch.

What you need:

  • Colorful beads
  • Bending wires
  • Clothespin
  • Paint
  • Pipe cleaner

How to do:

  • Color the clothespin with your favorite color and let it dry.
  • Take a piece of bending wire and load it with colorful beads.
  • Join both the ends of the wire and twist it in the shape of an “8”.
  • Take a small piece of pipe cleaner; curl it to form the antennae.
  • Now put the remaining pipe cleaner in the mouth of the clothespin, attach the twisted beaded wire in the middle, and fix it.

20. Clay footprint butterfly

Making butterflies with clay footprint is extremely awesome and a must-try for children.

What you need:

  • Air-dry clay
  • Craft wire
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Bowl

How to do:

  • Roll the clay on a hard surface to make a uniform layer.
  • Make your child imprint both their feet on the clay. The outer edges of the feet must be next to each other, leaving a small gap.
  • Paint the footprint with rainbow colors. Or, paint the child’s feet with rainbow colors and then make the foot impression on the clay.
  • Once the footprint is done, cut out the clay in a butterfly shape.
  • Take a piece of craft wire, curl it and push it in the middle to form the antennae.
  • Put the footprint butterfly in a bowl and press it gently so that it sticks to the bowl. Let it dry.
  • Remove it from the bowl and use it as a beautiful keepsake.

21. Paper plate butterfly

Here’s another simple butterfly craft idea. Yes, try out this paper plate butterfly to surprise your children.

What you need:

  • Paper plates
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Craft stick
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Marker
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Paint the paper plates with bold colors.
  • Cut the plates into equal halves and then cut each half in the shape of a wing.
  • Paste the wings at both sides of a craft stick.
  • Add pipe cleaners as antennae and also add the googly eyes.
  • You may use a marker to add details to the face.

22. Egg carton butterfly

Who said egg cartons can’t be turned into butterflies? Try out this amazing craft idea.

What you need:

  • Egg carton
  • Neon paint
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaner

How to do:

  • Cut a piece of the egg carton with four cups and trim the sides.
  • Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of the carton and twist the ends to form the antennae.
  • Color the cups with neon paint and leave them to dry.
  • Your butterfly is ready to fly high.

23. Tie-dye baby wipes butterfly

If you have baby wipes at home, then try this superb butterfly craft with your children.

What you need:

  • Baby wipes
  • Marker
  • Paint
  • Clothespin
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Googly eyes

How to do:

  • Tie the wipes tightly at two or three points and add paint to them.
  • Wet them completely, unfold the wipes, and let them dry.
  • Pinch the wipes at the center and put a clothespin over it.
  • Make the antennae with a pipe cleaner, add googly eyes, and add other details using the marker.

These butterfly crafts for kids are extremely easy and require very little materials. You can easily turn your child’s normal routine into an exciting and thrilling one by making pretty butterflies using various household items. Involve your children in this exciting activity and see the magic happen.

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