Making a Clothespin Flying Butterfly

Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - wings could be decorated at this point
A spring clip style clothespin, scissors, construction paper, glue, a pipe cleaner, googly eyes, and a marker or other decorative embellishments are what you will need to make this fun flying butterfly with your toddler. Give it a try following the steps below.

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February 8, 2019

Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - pink and purple paper and clothespin butterflyIf your toddler loves butterflies, this would be a fun craft to make together. Not only is it a fun craft, but your toddler can play with their butterfly and get in some indoor exercise (since it's been raining all day). I did not think she would have this much fun with this imaginary butterfly, but she did and ran around with the butterfly as if it was flying!

Total Time: 15-20 minutes

Yield: 1 butterfly


  • pipecleaner
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • hot glue
  • googly eyes
  • clothespin
  • markers or stickers
Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - supplies


  1. Prep butterfly project by cutting two sets of squares then fold and cut into a heart shape. I made one set in purple (larger heart) and one set in pink (smaller heart).
  2. Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - cut two squares of different colored paper then fold in half and cut into heart shapes

  3. Glue the hearts together to assemble the butterfly wings.
  4. Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - glue the hearts together to make the wings
    Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - child using glue stick to construct the wings
  5. Have your toddler decorate the clothespin, optional. You can also put on stickers, but she ended up just using a marker.
  6. Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - child using a marker to decorate the clothespin
  7. Clip paper wings onto the pin and hot glue so when your toddler holds and walk/runs with the clothespin they won't accidentally have the butterfly fall off.
  8. Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - clip the wings to the pin and hot glue
  9. Hot glue on the eyes.
  10. Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - glue on the eyes

  11. Turn the butterfly over. Cut 2 1" pieces of pipe cleaner and hot glue in place.
  12. Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - cut and glue on the pipe cleaner antennae
    Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - antennae in place
  13. Optional: Ready to decorate the butterfly wings if wanted.
  14. Imaginary Clothespin Flying Butterfly - wings could be decorated at this point
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February 13, 20190 found this helpful


I loved the heart-shaped eyes on this butterfly!


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