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Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet


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September 18, 2019

Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - finished butterflyToday, I'm making a fun craft for my son and his two cousins. They love it when I make paper toys for them. I'm glad I can make them smile with simple handmade toys.

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Supplies:

  • 3 sheets of cardstock (assorted colors)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • pencil/marker
  • paper
Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Draw a butterfly pattern on a piece of paper, including the body, head, and wings.
  2. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - drawing of butterfly body, and wings
     
  3. Cut out these patterns.
  4. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - templates/patterns cut out
     
  5. Trace the patterns onto preferred colored cardstock.
  6. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - trace shapes onto cardstock
     
  7. Cut them out. Make two pieces from each pattern.
  8. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - cut out two sets
     
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  9. Take one oval and one circle for the head and body and glue them together.
  10. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - glue the head to the body
     
  11. Cut out two small strips of different colored paper, about 1 inch or less. Fold into zigzags.
  12. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - cut two small paper strips using a different color, then fold into zigzags
     
  13. Glue the tips onto the head for the antennae.
  14. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - glue to the head as antennae
     
  15. Cut out six longer strips about 1 and 1/2 inches and fold into zigzags.
  16. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - cut out 6 longer strips of paper and fold into zigzags
     
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  17. Glue 3 on each side of the body. Set aside.
  18. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - attach 3 to each side as the legs
     
  19. Take another set of the body and head assembly. Stick the wings onto it.
  20. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - attach wings to the other body piece
     
  21. Cut out thin strips and arrange them on the body.
  22. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - cut out thin strips of paper and arrange on the body
     
  23. Add the other details to the wings.
  24. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - add other details to the wings
     
  25. Cut a long two inch wide strip of cardstock.
  26. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - long strip of cardstock 2 inches wide
     
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  27. Glue both ends on the two sides of the first body. See photo.
  28. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - glue both ends of this strip to the first body piece
     
  29. Now, stick the two sets together.
  30. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - glue the winged butterfly to the first body
     
  31. Draw a face on the head.
  32. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - draw a face on the head
     
  33. Insert your hand in the handle under the body of your butterfly.
  34. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - child's hand through the paper loop
     
  35. Move your hand up and down to flap its wings.
  36. Making a Paper Butterfly Puppet - moving hand up and down will cause the wings to move
     
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