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An Easy Kid Butterfly Craft

This simple kid butterfly craft teaches kids all about the development of butterflies.

Made from a recycled toilet paper roll, this easy child craft is a cinch to make. All you need is construction paper, scissors and some colored modeling clay and you're on your way. Choose your favorite colors to make this craft the best and brightest. Then head out to the garden for some "real" butterfly watching.


Kid Butterfly Craft

The idea is extra easy. Let's take a look at what you'll need:


  • Lightweight construction paper
  • Colored modeling clay
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Pipe cleaners/chenille stems
  • Green paint and a paint brush
  • Scissors
  • A pencil, skewer or wooden dowel
  • Our butterfly template
  • A printer


    1. Spread a flat surface with newspapers, take your paintbrush and green paint and paint the toilet paper roll. Set aside to dry.

    2. Take a sheet of lightweight construction paper and place it in the paper feed of your printer. Print out our butterfly template. Cut out the butterfly of your choice.

    3. Spread thin layers of different colored modeling clay on the butterfly wings.

    4. Attach pipe cleaners as antennae.

    5. Glue the butterfly to the skewer, pencil or dowel.

    6. Roll the butterfly up (around the pencil/skewer/dowel) and insert inside the painted toilet paper roll.

    Kid Butterfly Craft

    7. Slowly push up and watch as the butterfly unfolds from its mock chrysalis. (That's similar to "cocoon" for us "laymen.")

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