Is your child fascinated by all things fluttery and winged? If they can’t get enough of those beautiful butterflies, then they’ll love these 25 insanely cute butterfly crafts for kids. From easy-to-make paper puppets to stunning suncatchers, these projects are sure to bring a smile to your little one’s face. So, grab your scissors, glue, and your creative thinking caps, and let’s get started!
Easy Butterfly Crafts
Get your kids excited about nature with the easy butterfly crafts below. With a dash of imagination and some simple supplies, you can transform your home into a butterfly haven.
Brighten up your home’s windows with colorful butterfly suncatchers from Kids Activities that are so easy to make. Using tissue paper, craft sticks, bubble wrap, and a few other simple materials, you can make stunning butterflies with a stained glass effect.
Simple Everyday Mom has come up with the cutest little butterfly craft with popsicle sticks and paper. Use different color combinations to make your butterfly unique. The printable template makes this craft easy to do with your child or even in a classroom setting with a group of kids.
Learn the stages of the butterfly life cycle with this adorable printable from Non-Toy Gifts. Spin through the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly stages a few times, and your kiddo will have them memorized in no time.
Kick off spring with a nature walk with the kids to collect items to make a gorgeous nature butterfly collage like this one from Kids Activities. Use sticks and flower petals, as you see here, or substitute other items you find, like pebbles, leaves, grass clippings, or seeds.
Want a butterfly craft you can make with the kids in just a few minutes? Try this cupcake wrapper butterfly from Mess for Less. Use cupcake wrappers with pretty patterns—like stripes or polka dots—add them to a clothespin along with some googly eyes, and you’re done.
Save those toilet paper rolls, mamas. They’re perfect for crafting with the little ones because they’re inexpensive and always available. Add colorful wings, buttons for accents, pipe cleaner antennae, and googly eyes, and you’ve got yourself a bright and cheery butterfly any kid will love. Try this tutorial from The Best Ideas for Kids to make a bunch of them today.
All you need is tissue paper, scissors, glue, and a small piece of string to make these tissue paper butterflies from Glue Sticks and Gumdrops. String them together to make a cute garland to hang in the window or on your mantle this spring.
Paper Mache crafts can get a little messy, but they’re lots of fun for kids and help them develop patience and concentration. This Paper Mache butterfly from Kids Activities is a terrific project to start with if you’re new to this medium. It’s also a fantastic craft for studying symmetry, since a butterfly’s wings are mirror images of each other.
Make monarch butterflies from upcycled plastic bottles by following this tutorial from Our Family Code. Your kids will love these colorful and durable butterflies that they can hang in their windows or put outdoors on the porch or in the garden. Plus, teaching kids to reuse and recycle items is a wonderful life lesson.
You can make these soft, squeezable butterflies using items from the Dollar Tree. Grab some inexpensive sponges, pipe cleaners, glitter glue, and sequins or stickers to pull them together in no time flat. Add magnets to the back to make some colorful fridge magnets.
Let the kids practice their fine motor skills using a heart-shaped hole punch to stamp out loads of colorful paper hearts. Use them to fill in the butterfly’s wings on this fun printable from Hello, Wonderful.
Try painting with some different materials once in a while to get those creative juices flowing. Here, The Craft at Home Family uses bubble wrap to stamp out butterfly wings. It creates a fun speckled pattern on the paper that’s really neat to look at.
Been to the beach lately? If you have, the kids probably have a nice collection of seashells that you can use to make these dreamy-looking seashell butterflies by Artsy Craftsy Mom. Paint or color a lovely green grass and blue sky background for them to complete the piece.
Here’s another butterfly project using items from nature that’s similar to one we mentioned above. This one is made with leaves, flowers, and grass. What would you fill in your butterfly with? A variety of seeds could be lots of fun!
Blue Bear Woods used laminator sheets to make the cutest scrapbook-style butterflies you’ve ever seen. Plus, you have the added benefit of them being waterproof, so they’re great for sticking in the garden to add a bit of color.
Do you have a collection of Washi tape gathering dust in your craft closet? Get out a few distinct patterns and let the kids use them for super colorful and whimsical butterflies like these from Artsy Momma. Add magnetic tape to the back because they’ll make the cutest little magnets for your fridge, filing cabinet, or lockers.
Patterned paper used for scrapbooking is perfect for crafts like this butterfly from Encouraging Moms at Home. Paint miniature craft sticks in a coordinating color for the bodies to match the pattern on the wings.
Save your spot in all your spring and summer reads with gorgeous butterfly corner bookmarks. Follow the tutorial from Red Ted Art to make some of your own (and for a few lucky friends). You may also want to make some DIY bookmarks to give to your local library—call to ask if they need some!
Celebrate the migration of the monarch butterflies with this stick puppet craft from Fireflies and Mud Pies. Kids will have so much fun playing with them, flying them through the air as they run around. Tie this creative activity in with your lesson plans or homeschool unit study.
Send magical greetings to someone special inside a stunning pop-up butterfly card. This idea from Red Ted Art is the perfect DIY card for Mother’s Day or anyone with a spring or summer birthday.
These round rainbow butterflies from The Inspiration Edit will put a smile on anyone’s face. They just look so friendly with their big, wide eyes and bright colors. These are made with wooden circles, but if you don’t have any, you could sub an old CD or a circle made of cardboard, too.
This galaxy butterfly from Easy Peasy and Fun is out of this world! It’s sparkly, colorful, and insanely adorable. It would make a fun craft for a galaxy-themed birthday party.
Creating paper mosaics has never been so much fun! This project from Our Kid Things gives kids lots of scissor practice while they cut the paper pieces for the mosaic wings. For children who are too young to have mastered the scissors, tearing paper could work, too.
Grab the free template from Arty Crafty Kids to make woven paper butterflies that dazzle. Paper weaving is excellent fine motor practice for children. This is because it allows them to work on independent finger movements, using both hands at once, and maneuvering paper through tiny slits.
25. Felt Butterflies
Grab some felt and pipe cleaners to make super simple felt butterflies that require no sewing skills at all. You just need a bit of hot glue to hold it all together! Follow along with A Cultivated Nest to create bunches of butterflies. String them together to make a beautiful springtime garland or piece of décor for a butterfly-themed birthday party. It would also make a cute room decoration!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of butterfly crafts. If you’re looking for a fun rainy day project to do with your kids or just want to add some color to your home, these ideas are sure to inspire.
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