Inspiring Butterfly Crafts for Kids

by Karen & Grace Morris

No flies in the butter with these butterfly crafts for kids. Just clean fun. So, let's transform some craft supplies into something new. Just like the caterpillar changes into a beautiful butterfly.

Click on the pictures to go to the individual butterfly crafts for kids.

Just When the Caterpillar
thought the
world was over
it became a

A Magnet Butterfly Crafts for Kids

craft foam butterfly

Butterflies are pretty! This one makes a cute gift.

You will need;

  • A clothespin 
  • Craft foam
  • White paper 
  • Black pipe cleaner 
  • Hole punch 
  • Scissors 
  • Tacky Glue 
  • Magnet with a sticky back 

Place the magnet on 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 in half lengthwise.

Draw a 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 in the center.

glue wings to clothespin

Pinch the clothespin open and put the glue side down in the opening. Then place your wing on the glue.

make the head piece

You can use a small bottle cap to draw the head. It makes the process a little easier. The body is a tear shape, the width of the clothespin.

finish you butterfly

Take a black pipe cleaner 6-inches long. Bend it in a “U” shape. Bend the ends in a small circle to make an antenna. Glue to the clothespin.

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

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

Cupcake Liner Butterfly Crafts for Kids

Cupcake liners make nice butterfly wings. 

An Easy Butterfly or Moth Craft

cupcake liner butterflies

Like butterflies, moths are also first caterpillars.

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.

Cardboard Roll Butterfly

cardboard roll butterfly

What do you see when you throw butter out of your window? A butterfly. Hahaha! Sorry for the lame joke. 0_0


  • Toilet paper roll
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 4 cupcake liners
  • hole punch
  • Glue stick
make the antenna

Use the hole punch to make a hole in the side of the toilet roll near one of the ends. Punch a hole across from it.

Thread the pipe cleaner through the two holes. Bring one of the ends over the top of the cardboard roll and around the pipe cleaner. Do the same with the other side. This is so the pipe cleaner will stay upright to make the antenna.

roll around a pencil

Wrap the end around a pencil to make a circle. Do the same with the other side.

add glue

With a glue stick, add glue to the side.

add cupcake lines

Glue a cupcake liner over the hole on the side of the toilet paper roll. Glue another cupcake liner below this one. Do the same on the other side. 

add details

With a marker, make eyes near the top of the cardboard roll. Or you could use wiggly eyes.

Another cupcake liner butterfly craft.

Two Butterfly Crafts for Kids that Use Paint

Painted Lady Butterfly 

painted butterfly

This butterfly is found around the world. You can find black, white, orange, and brown on the wings of this butterfly.

You will need;

  • Orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Brown washable paint
  • Black washable paint
  • Plastic fork
  • Paintbrush
draw a butterfly shape

Fold the paper in half. Draw a butterfly shape and cut out.

use a fork to paint the butterfly

Dip tins of the fork in brown paint. Use the fork to make marks on the wings. Don't use too much paint or your butterfly will look muddy. 

paint the body black

Paint the body and antenna black. Let the paint dry.

Watercolor Craft

watercolor butterfly

Butterflies look like a painted masterpiece. 

You will need;

  • White paper such as copy paper
  • Water
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Glue
paint your wet paper

Get the paper wet with water. While the paper is wet, get a paintbrush wet, then dip in the dry paint. Add the paint to the paper. Clean the brush. Then dip in another color. Add the color to the wet paper. 

continue until the paper is covered with paint

Continue until the paper is covered with color. Let the paper dry.

make a butterfly shape

Fold the paper in half. Draw a butterfly shape and cut out. Save the scraps of paper.

add the antenna

Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Then bend each end around a pencil two or three times.

Glue the pipe cleaner to the head piece. 

add the circle

Cut a circle that will fit the head from a scrap of paper. Glue to the pipe cleaner.

Cutout Butterfly Craft

cut out butterfly

Fly away, little Monarch, fly away!


  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch optional
make your butterfly shape

Fold your construction paper in half. Draw your butterfly shape and cut out.

cut out shapes in the wings

Cutting the wings is like making a snowflake. You will keep your butterfly folded. Now fold the wings together. Cut on your fold line. Sometimes you will want to just cut lines. Other times cut triangle shapes. To make circles, keep the two wings together, but don't fold. Then use a hole punch.

unfold your butterfly

When you are done making cuts in your wings, unfold your butterfly and see how beautiful she is.

There is a butterfly in the FREE shape book.

See! Making butterfly crafts for kids is as smooth as butter to create. Now you will have beautiful creations to decorate around the room.

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