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Make a Beautiful Butterfly Craft With Calendar Pages

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials, and templates.

Learn how to upcycle calendar pages.

Learn how to upcycle calendar pages.

How to Upcycle Calendar Pages

Every year, it's the same thing. The year has ended, and I have an outdated calendar with beautiful pictures that I can't bear to discard. In other words, I have quite a few outdated calendars on hand. I decided it was time to find something to do with them!

You'll love making beautiful butterflies using old calendar pages. Kids will also enjoy learning how to make this particular calendar craft.

What You'll Need

  • Calendar pages
  • Cardboard
  • Butterfly (pattern)
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots
  • Sharpies
First, make the pattern.

First, make the pattern.

1. Make a Pattern

Print off the butterfly pattern and make a cardboard template to make it easier to work with. I cut off the antennae for this project. Cereal boxes work great for making craft templates, especially if you are anticipating making a number of items. In this case, calendar butterflies!

Then choose a calendar picture.

Then choose a calendar picture.

2. Choose a Calendar Picture

The calendars with flowers work really well for butterflies. Cut a strip large enough to double. I especially like the shiny, surfaced calendar pages for making the butterflies, but the pages of any calendar will do.

Next, glue the strip.

Next, glue the strip.

3. Glue the Strip

Fold the strip in half and use a glue stick to adhere the sides together. This makes a two-sided butterfly. Make sure the glue covers the entire area where you'll be tracing your butterfly.

Trace around the template.

Trace around the template.

4. Trace Around the Template

Trace the butterfly shape onto the doubled calendar picture strip. Carefully cut out the butterfly.

Draw your designs on the wings.

Draw your designs on the wings.

5. Draw Designs on the Wings

With a marker, draw the body shape of the butterfly and fill it in. Draw designs in the butterfly wings. Bend the wings up on each side of the body. Imagine all the unique markings on butterflies.

Add glue dots.

Add glue dots.

6. Add Glue Dots

I attached glue dots to the back of the butterfly bodies so I could display them in a mirror. It's okay if the markings on both sides of the butterfly aren't exactly the same.

The top right butterfly is from the example calendar page. I think these are beautiful and so easy to make.

More examples.

More examples.

Another Butterfly Example

This calendar's pictures were smaller landscape photos. I cut the calendar page so that they doubled and the template would fit. It is amazing to see what beautiful butterflies you can make with just any picture.

Here is another example.

Here is another example.

Beautiful butterflies just from calendar pages.

Beautiful butterflies just from calendar pages.

What Else Can I Make With These Butterflies?

You could also use these beautiful creatures to add a special touch to:

  • A mobile.
  • A plain gift box.
  • A window.
  • A skewer or wire to use as a plant pick.

I'm sure you'll be able to think up more uses for them.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

Will you try this butterfly craft? - or leave a comment.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on August 08, 2016:

A very good idea for spending an afternoon and using old calendars. All the scraps of paper can go in a compost bin and everything is nicely back in its place.

Ann Scaling Tucker from Enid, OK on May 05, 2013:

I have the perfect grandchildren for this lens. Thanks!!!

Aunt-Mollie on May 05, 2013:

These are so beautiful! Perfect craft for young children.

Ibidii on May 01, 2013:

Thank you for this lens! I love butterfly's and I have a lot of calendars to use to make these for gifts! Awesome lens! :D

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 21, 2013:

This is just the coolest craft! Love it!

Two Crafty Paws on April 21, 2013:

I love the idea! I don't have any old calendars but I will make them from old magazine pages.