Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids that is simple yet really fun? Try making this Easy Paper Butterfly Craft that everyone is sure to love! The bright and cheery colors are perfect for Spring!

Paper butterflies hanging on wall.

Easy Paper Butterfly Craft for Kids 

This paper craft butterfly is the perfect craft for when you just want something quick and simple! Let the kids each choose the color they would like to make.

You will end up with a beautiful assortment of butterflies.

How to use paper butterflies:

  • Bulletin boards. Add a beautiful butterfly to decorate a bulletin board. This is a great idea for teachers.
  • Wall decorations. This would be so pretty in a nursery or children’s room.
  • Ceiling decor. Hang some of these butterflies from the ceiling. Just get some really thin fishing line and attach the butterflies to it. Wouldn’t this be so fun and whimsical to hang above a reading nook?

Paper butterflies hanging on wall.

Tips for paper butterflies

  • Paper. You can use all sorts of craft paper for this project. It’s a great way to use up leftover color paper or origami paper and have a fun activity too.

    You can use colorful craft paper or you can even use printed paper too.
  • Different colors. Another idea is to use a different color for each wing. Just use your imagination and let your kid have fun with this origami butterfly.
  • Pipe Cleaner. You can also use a pipe cleaner instead of yarn for the middle of the butterfly.
Supplies for Paper butterflies.

Supplies for DIY Paper Butterfly:

Paper butterflies hanging on wall.

How to make a paper Butterfly:

  • Step 1. Use a pencil or marker to trace the 2 template patterns on the selected colored craft paper. The template includes 2 patterns, upper wings and lower wings.
Butterfly template spread out.
  • Step 2. Make accordion folds on the wing pattern of the piece of paper. Try to fold the paper small and even. This will make for a more uniform final product. 
Wings pinched together.
  • Step 3. Take the lower wing pattern and apply a drop of glue on the top middle part of the wing pattern. Be careful to not use too much glue.
Hand holding the butterfly wings.
  • Step 4. Take the upper wing pattern and attach it with the lower wing pattern by joining both patterns on the glued side. Squeeze the joint part to make sure that the wings are attached nicely.

    You will want to make sure they are well secured. Hold for a few minutes to make sure the glue sets. 
Hand pinching butterfly wings.
  • Step 5. Cut a small piece of yarn thread and 2 knots around the joint part of the wings. Keep in mind to tie 2 knots.

    After tying the knots, keep enough yarn thread at both open ends for the antenna pattern and then cut off extra yarn if required.
Butterfly in hand.
  • Step 6. Once you are finished tying the yarn, spread the folds of each wing carefully and nicely. You want to do this gently so the wings do not become torn. 
Butterfly ready to use for decoration.

DIY Butterfly Wall Art is so fun.

This is perfect to decorate your home for Spring. Truly there are so many fun ideas! Alternate colors or group them together by the same color.

Paper butterflies hanging on wall.

Print the instructions for paper butterfly craft:

Easy Paper Butterfly Craft for Kids

Are you looking for something fun to do with the kids that is simple yet really fun? Try making this Easy Paper Butterfly Craft that everyone is sure to love! The bright and cheery colors are perfect for Spring!
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Keyword: Easy Paper Butterfly Craft for Kids
Yield: 1
Author: One Crazy Mom

Equipment

  • Colored craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • pencil or marker – to trace template
  • Template cut outs – print Butterfly Template here.
  • Yarn  (I like to match the yarn to the butterfly color)

Instructions

  • Use a pencil or marker to trace the 2 template patterns on the selected colored craft paper. The template includes 2 patterns, upper wings and lower wings.
  • Make accordion folds on the wing patterns. Try to keep the folds small and even. This will make for a more uniform final product.
  • Take the lower wing pattern and apply a drop of glue on the top middle part of the wing pattern. Be careful to not use too much glue.
  • Take the upper wing pattern and attach it with the lower wing pattern by joining both patterns on the glued side. Squeeze the joint part to make sure that the wings are attached nicely. You will want to make sure they are well secured. Hold for a few minutes to make sure the glue sets.
  • Cut a small piece of yarn thread and 2 knots around the joint part of the wings. Keep in mind to tie 2 knots. After tying the knots, keep enough yarn thread at both open ends for the antenna pattern and then cut off extra yarn if required.
  • Once you are finished tying the yarn, spread the folds of each wing carefully and nicely. You want to do this gently so the wings do not become torn.

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