Spring is here! I will be submitting different "buggy" crafts that my daughter and I worked on for her birthday party. This butterfly is made from paper that she painted. It is then fan-folded and attached together with pipe cleaner antennas. Cute and simple!
Black pipe cleaners
Paint (or color) a colorful creation on paper. Cover all space on the paper.
Cut out squares of paper, such as 5x5 inches, 9x 9 inches, or whatever size you want. If you use larger paper. you may get several out of one sheet. If you use small paper, you may need to paint more than one piece of paper.
You will need two squares for each butterfly. It looks nice if the bottom square is smaller than the top square.
Fan-fold each square starting at the corner and working diagonally. Once the whole square is fan-folded, fold the strip of paper in half.
Line up the two folded strips of paper for each butterfly so that it makes an "X" and attach together with a black pipe cleaner. Shape the pipe cleaner to look like antenna.
Spead out the fan-folded wings and cut to desired shape (optional). Glue the edges where the two squares meet together. I used clothespins to hold these together until they dried.
Enjoy your beautiful butterflies! I attached a string to ours and hung them from the ceiling.
This stick craft butterfly is fun to wave in the air like it is flying through your house. Or, use the stick as a plant stake to add something extra to an inside potted plant.
2 wooden craft spoons
1 wooden popsicle stick
2 paper coffee filters
multiple color dyes
black pipe cleaner
Paint the wooden craft spoons and allow to dry.
Cut one coffee filter smaller than the other.
Bunch the coffee filters in the middle to resemble wings and tape to the back of one of the wooden craft spoons. Place the larger coffee filter on the top and the smaller filter on the bottom.
Attach the other craft spoon with glue to complete the back side. Allow the glue to dry.
Using some type of dropper, such as a medicine dropper or a food baster, pick up some dye colored water and drop over the coffee filter to create a multi-colored creation. Work over newspaper or in a cardboard box (something to contain the mess).
Allow to dry.
Glue on googly eyes, black antenna, and a popsicle stick at the bottom. Allow glue to dry.
Use the popsicle stick as a handle to fly the butterfly through the air, or use it as a plant stake to add fun to an inside potted plant.
This video shows you how to make a simple butterfly container from a plastic drink bottle that your kids will have a lot fun putting together and they can store crayons or other items in it when they are done.