This DIY Kids Butterfly Spring Craft is a fun and super cute craft for the kiddos. They are super easy to make and there are numerous things to do with them. I love the idea of recycling and making something out of something people would usually throw away or get rid of. The items are simple and kids are sure to have fun making this craft. I made these butterflies with my nieces and nephew and their favorite part was painting them. Then seeing the egg cartons turn into butterflies filled them up with so much excitement. I hope you and your kiddos enjoy. This is a fun project, you can follow the very simple steps below to make your own and I have included different things or ways you can decorate with them.
The Supplies are Simple: (For the general butterflies)
- Egg Carton
- Assorted Paint Colors (Preferably Spring colors like pastels, these are one of the brands I use and through Amazon is a great deal!)
- Paintbrushes (Pair these assorted paintbrushes with the paint colors above and they are perfect supplies for this project and many more!)
- Craft Pipe Cleaners (I found matching pack of pastel colors from the Dollar Store.)
- Craft Pom Poms (I used all white for each butterfly, but other colors work as well.)
- Hot Glue and Gun
To start, I just took a clean egg carton from our recycle bin to make these butterflies. I recommend you doing the first step, which is to take your scissors and cut out the butterflies. Cut as many as you want out by cutting out a square of four egg slots, like so…
When these are all cut out, I set some newspaper down, along with a paint color for each kid and a paintbrush. Then they began painting away. Painting first all over the front, letting dry, and then painting all over the back and letting dry completely.
Once all dried, I then took an opposite matching pipe cleaner to the color painted butterflies. You can mix and match these however you like, and even make them all the same colors or however (the kids can help by picking out what color antennas they want). Cut a small piece out and make a Y shape like so…
I then took my hot glue gun and to the back of the butterflies (which is the part that sticks out, not goes in) I attached the pipe cleaner down the middle of the top half part, like so…
Let dry, and then once sturdy you can adjust the antennas however you like to give em a more realistic look.
Then finally, take your pom poms and hot glue gun. I used about five for each butterfly. Place some hot glue down and then quickly place the pom poms on the front side from the top of the middle section down to where it ends. I recommend doing a dot of glue at a time down the butterfly as the hot glue dries pretty quickly and if you don’t attach the object fast enough it dries and hardens on it’s own. Once again you can use any colors you’d or your kids would like. I decided to make all our butterflies have the same bodies and stuck with white. Let dry.
Now you are finished with the simple butterfly craft, really easy to make and kids love seeing them come to life. I loved the pastel colors and how they looked. But there are many others ways to spice up your butterflies even more and/or to decorate with them.
Optional: We also had a roll of magnetic tape (can be found at craft stores as well as Walmart) and cut small circles to match the back sides and stuck the magnets to them so that now these cuties can hang on your refrigerator or other connecting form. Totally cute! (Below pictures I only have magnets on two of the circle spots but I suggest putting one on all four spots and using hit glue to keep them down tight not just the tape on the back of them.)
You can also add some silly goggly eyes, draw on your own eyes, and an even more fun technique is to cut out small circles of your kiddos head and then attach them to the top of your butterflies ( I used tape), like so…
I thought these were totally cute and the kids absolutely loved seeing there faces on the butterflies! These would then even work out as a super cute gift to give someone like for Mother’s Day, or another Spring time event. Most mothers, grandparents, or other family members would love these as a gift from the little ones. So have fun with it and make them your own! Kids love crafts and making something out of nothing! Try working with what you have around your home before going out and buying supplies, many of these supplies could be switched out with another creative, similar object.
Another idea for these fun little creatures is to instead of connecting magnets to them you cold connect string or even a string of lights to them and then hang them up to look like they are flying around, especially if you use lights! OR even hang them on a window and these lovelies are sure to look wonderful. You can attach them to your window or sliding glass door, using removable adhesives or tape (but i’m not sure how long the tape would hold compare to their weight.) Be Creative and have fun with them.
I hope you and your little ones enjoy this fun kids butterfly spring craft and create some wonderful butterflies. You could also do things like more creative/mixed colors of the butterflies, tie dye? Rainbow? Words? make them look like your favorite butterfly, etc. there are so many different ways to do this. So whatever works best for you all. Please feel free to share with us any creations you come up with.
What is your favorite butterfly? Any other favorite Spring time craft?
Be Happy & Creative!