Butterfly Crafts for Kids

by Karen & Grace Morris

Butterfly crafts for kids are fun and easy to make. You will also learn some interesting facts about the differences between moths and butterflies.

Even though they come from the same scientific order (Lepidoptera), there are several differences between moths and butterflies.

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For the most part butterflies are the pretty ones. They are usually seen during the day while moths are mostly seen at night. Another difference is when the insect is resting; moths hold their wings vertical while butterflies’ wings are flat.

Cupcake liner Butterfly

My daughter thought that this looked more like a moth than a butterfly. Whatever it is, it is cute.

You will need;

  • A cupcake liner
  • Six inch pipe cleaner
twist cupcake liner

Fold the cupcake line in half. Twist the center.

twist top for antenna

Then fold the pipe cleaner in half twist the two antenna pieces together.

unfold wings

Unfold the liner to make wings.

So is this creature a moth or a butterfly? The body is thin like a butterfly but it is fuzzy like a moth. If you didn’t use a bright cupcake liner it might not be very colorful, so it could be a moth.

A Magnet Butterfly Crafts for Kids

I really like butterflies. This one makes a cute gift.

You will need;

  • A clothespin
  • Craft foam (I used pink but you could use your favorite color)
  • White paper
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Tacky Glue
  • Magnet with a sticky back

Place the magnet on the back of the clothespin.

make a pattern

Make the wing pattern on a piece of paper.Take a piece of paper and fold it in half width-wise. Then fold it half lengthwise. Draw curved line from the fold. The point of the heart needs to be at the corner of the folds, so that when you cut you will have two hearts connected at the points.

place pattern on foam

Use this to make the butterfly’s wing out of craft foam. Put some glue on the center piece.

glue wings to clothespin

To place the wing pinch the clothespin open and put the glue side down in the opening.

make the head piece

I used a small bottle cap to draw the head. The body is a tear shape the width of the clothespin.

Take a black pipe cleaner six inches long. Bend in a “U” shape. Bend the ends in a small circle to make antenna. Glue to the clothespin.

Then glue the head on the antenna. Glue on the body.

Make two eyes with a hole punch and glue on the head.

finished craft foam butterfly

It is ready to sit on your fridge.

You can also make caterpillar for your refrigerator.

Hope you have as much fun making these butterfly crafts for kids as we did creating them.

Use a coffee filter to make a butterfly and other items.

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