DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Chain Butterfly
This is a fun, simple craft for all ages. It's also a good project for practicing making patterns.
- 2 pieces of white paper or construction paper
- paint in various colors.
- construction paper (2 or 3 colors)
- scotch tape or glue,
- wiggly eyes (optional)
- black marker
- Set one piece of white paper out on the table.
- Squeeze splotches of different paint colors onto the white paper in a few different spots
the second sheet of white paper over top of the first so all the edges line up.
- Smoosh your hands over the paper to spread out the paint that's sandwiched between the pieces. You might want a piece of
newspaper underneath in case any paint oozes out the sides.
- Peel the pieces of paper apart and set aside to dry (you should have two pieces that are mirror images of each other
the paint is dry, put them back together face to face (paint side to paint side) again.
- Cut a rough wing shape out of the pages.
- Take them apart again and tape the pages together so you have wings for your butterfly
- You can paint around the outside edge of the wings with glitter glue or one of the paint colors you used for the wings.
- Cut about 8 strips of construction paper 2 inches wide and 10 inches long.
- Decide what type of pattern you want to make. We made a pink, purple, pink, purple... pattern for ours.
- Make your first strip of construction paper into a ring and tape or glue it together
- Slide your next strip of construction paper through the ring and tape or glue it into a ring
- Repeat the process until you have a chain of construction paper rings just a little bit longer than your wings.
- Lay your chain onto your wings.
- Every spot the chain lies flat on the wings, use tape or glue to attach them.
- Cut two 1/4 inch by 5 inch pieces of construction paper.
- Wrap each around a pencil to make it curly
- Fold a tab at the bottom of each piece
- Glue the tabs onto the top of the head to make two antennas
- glue wiggly eyes onto the front of the head
- draw two eyes onto the front of the head with a marker
- draw a mouth onto the front of the head with a marker
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