Make a Beautiful Butterfly Craft With 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 The year has ended, and I have an outdated calendar with beautiful pictures that I can't bear to discard. In other words, I have quite a few outdated calendars on hand.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
- Butterfly (Pattern)
- Glue Sticks
- Glue Dots
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!
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.
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.
4. Trace Around the Template
Trace the butterfly shape onto the doubled calendar picture strip. Carefully cut out the butterfly.
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.
6. Add Glue Dots
I attached glue dots to the back of the butterfly bodies so I could display them on 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.
Another Butterfly Example
This calendar's pictures were smaller landscape photos. I cut the picture like so, doubled, that the template would fit. It is amazing to see what beautiful butterflies you can make with just any picture.
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. Enjoy!
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