Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
Butterfly Crafts for Adults and Kids
Butterfly crafts are suitable for any time of year, but we seem to associate them more with spring and Easter. That's probably because we consider butterflies the symbol of new life.
I've searched the web to find what I consider the nicest and most outstanding butterfly crafts for kids and for adults. In this article, I will show you pictures of these outstanding butterfly crafts and give you the links to the sites that will tell you how to make the butterflies.
1. Paper Bag Butterflies
You'll find these butterflies so super easy to make when you follow the instructions at I Heart Crafty Things.
2. Butterfly Wreath
Welcome spring by making a beautiful butterfly wreath to impress your friends and family when they come to visit.
3. Butterfly Garland
Choose whatever color, or type of paper, that you want to make your butterfly garland. I really like the looks of the book page or newspaper print butterflies. Painting them with watercolor would be easy and give them a different look. You'll go to theguardian to find the instructions for this project.
4. Paper Mache Clay Butterfly
If you haven't made anything with paper mache clay yet and would like to try it, this is a nice project to make. I've made Santas, turkeys and snowmen using the paper mache clay and this method is very addictive. To find out how to make the paper mache clay, and how to make this butterfly, go to Ultimate PAPER MACHE.
5. How to Make Feather Butterflies
The video above provides a tutorial that teaches you how to make feather butterfly hair accessories.
6. Graphics Fairy Ornament
The Graphics Fairy is the site to go to for the tutorial to make this beautiful Christmas ball. They have so many free vintage images to download, that you'll be able to find many that you'll love. An outstanding project and site.
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7. Butterflies Under Glass
A beautiful decorator piece that will look elegant all year round on your mantel or side table. Find the instructions for this project at Mark Montano.
8. Beaded Butterfly
This is a very easy project that I think it would make a cute arrangement or mobile for a babies room. Use any kind of bead as long as the chenille strip will thread through it----and that's a lot smaller than you imagine. Then use your babies room décor to decide on the colors. Real cute!! Go to indietutes for the instructions.
9. Butterfly Sun Catcher
Make these butterfly sun catchers to dress up your windows. Find the directions for this craft at, Kids & Glitter. These are beautiful.
10. Aluminum Can Butterflies
These unique tin butterflies, and a tutorial for making them, can be found at Instructables.
11. Monarch Butterfly Wings
Who knows when they may need butterfly wings for a class play, a party or Halloween. The tutorial at Buggy and Buddy shows how to make these felt wings.
12. Paper Plate Butterflies
13. Tie Dye Baby Wipes Butterflies
Tie dyed baby wipes are used to make these beautiful butterflies. Imagine all the different butterflies you could make using this method.
14. Paper Butterfllies
These butterflies are made with the colored pages from magazines. See how to make them by finding the instructions at ATOMIC SHRIMP.
15. Handmade Butterflies out of Flowers
The video above provides a tutorial teaching you how to create handmade butterflies out of flowers.
16. Butterfly Suncatcher
This is a great project to do with kids. Very nice instructions and a pattern for the butterfly can be found at MIMIECO.CO.UK
17. Butterfly Art
Kids will get really involved when they make art using bow tie pasta to make beautiful butterfly art.
18. Butterfly Chandelier
A cute chandelier for a baby room or change the print and make it for a bathroom or a girls bedroom. Directions are at carina gardner.
19. Black and White Butterfly Wall Art
Add an elegant touch to any room with these beautiful butterflies. For directions go to the Curbly website.
20. Cute Paper Butterflies
Can you imagine the fun the kids would have making these cute paper butterflies? Templates are included. Even the littlest kids can make these.
21. Butterfly Ring
Even pre-schoolers will love making and wearing butterfly rings they've made themselves.
22. Butterfly Obelisk
The directions for this butterfly obelisk at Mark Montano even include the directions for making the obelisk from cardboard.
23. Suncatcher Butterfly
Cute and easy to make. Find the directions at the Kid's Activities site.
24. Soda Can Butterfly Pin
Who would ever believe that this butterfly pin was made using a soda can? If you would like to make a butterfly pin like the one shown above, go to favecrafts for the tutorial.
25. Madame Butterfly
This is an easy craft project even for the little kids. For the directions, go to All Kids.
26. Clothespin & Coffee Filter Butterfly
Have your kids, at home or in the classroom, make a bunch of these, attach fishing string to them and hang them from the ceiling. I'd have them make both sides look like the top of the butterfly so as the butterflies turned, full butterflies would be seen. Made from clothespins and coffee filters. Get instructions by going to dollar store crafts.
27. Scrapbook Paper Butterflies
Check out any craft store to see how huge the variety of scrapbook papers there are. Pick out your favorite colors and prints and then use the directions found at All About Ashley to make many beautiful butterflies. Imagine a bevy of them strewn across one wall.
28. Paperclip Butterflies
Quick and easy paperclip butterflies that you can find at How About Orange.
29. Crayola Butterfly
A beautiful butterfly that will be a great project for the family. If you want to make one of these butterflies, go to Crayola.
30. Butterfly Wreath
I'm sure you'll be able to imagine this butterfly wreath in your home. It would make a nice gift for the kids to make to give for Mother's day. The directions are at Buzy Bunny.
31. Fabric Butterfly Mobile
These are sewn fabric butterflies. Imagine all the different fabric prints that you could use for this project. Go to The Long Thread for the directions.
32. Crocheted Butterflies
These little butterflies are so easy to crochet, and there are so many, many ways to use them. Think about headbands, t-shirts, as a brooch, on a purse, and as a pendant, are just a few ideas. Go to Little Birdie Secrets for the pattern directions. Would be so cute on a baby blanket, cap, sweater, etc.
33. Butterfly Card
I think a couple of these made as a set would be beautiful pictures to hang on a young girls or a baby's room wall. I love the added touch of the button body. For the directions for this project, go to HomemadeGiftGuru.com.
34. Butterfly Snacks
How cute and appetizing do these little butterflies look. Go to Juggling With Kids for the directions.
35. Clay Butterfly Tags
Adding an antiqued clay butterfly tag to favors made for a wedding reception really dresses them up. I can see these used as a pendant or pin also.
36. Tulle and Clothespin Butterfly
Very pretty and simple butterfly. Go to Ben Franklin Crafts for the instructions.
37. TP Roll Butterfly
You could keep the little ones busy for quite some time gluing gems, sequins or buttons on this little butterfly. Go to the Busy Bee Kids Crafts site for the directions.
38. Butterfly T-shirt
You will be amazed at how easy this project is, and it'll make some little girl very happy. For the directions, go to My Craft Discovery.
39. Tissue Paper Butterfly
Think of all the different color combinations you can make using the many tissue paper colors. Find the directions for making this tissue paper butterfly craft at CRAFTS BY Amanda.
40. Glittery Butterfly Beaded Pin
The video above provides a tutorial teaching you how to create glittery butterfly beaded pins.
41. Vintage Butterfly Doily
Adding a vintage doily enhances any décor. To make this outstanding doily, go to Free Vintage Crochet for the pattern.
42. Play Clay Butterfly
The video above provides a tutorial teaching you how to create a play-doh butterfly.
43. Spoon Butterfly
These little butterflies are very easy to make as you'll see when you find the tutorial at I Heart Crafty Things.
44. Butterfly Charm Bracelet
Making a beautiful butterfly charm bracelet for yourself or to give to a friend is easy to do if you follow the instructions given at favecrafts. Who wouldn't love to receive a gift like this?
45. Butterflies in Felt
Use felt colors that enhance your décor, and make these outstanding butterflies. Go to The Cultivated Nest for the instructions.
46. Butterfly Masks
When you go to Messy Little Monster you'll find patterns and directions for making these cute butterfly masks.
47. Plastic Bottle Butterfly
It's great that the blog which has this project could be translated into English. Find the tutorial at Handmade by VS.
48. Beautiful Butterflies
Notice how the addition of white dots gives these butterflies an elegant look. Easy enough for a kid to make. Use these butterflies to decorate your home, school or office. Find the tutorial for making these beautiful butterflies at AgusYornet.
49. Brown Bag to Metal-look Butterfly
The video above provides a tutorial teaching you how to create a burnt brown bag butterfly box.
50. Butterfly Fan
Can you imagine how much fun the kids would have making these? I think they would be great to take along camping or to a game where you appreciate being able to make the air move a bit. For the directions for these nice little fans, go to firstpalette.
51. Kid's Edible Candy Butterflies
You'll really impress the kids with these edible butterflies. A cute idea to use for a classroom Valentine party. For the tutorial go to Mom ENDEAVORS.
52. Beaded Butterfly
Another great butterfly craft from the CRAFTS BY Amanda site. You'll find all the information you'll need to make these beaded butterflies there. Outstanding!
53. Colored Tissue Butterfly
A cute project using a toilet tissue roll and colored tissue papers on the wings of this butterfly. You can find the directions at thrifty fun.
54. Washi Tape Butterflies
A super easy craft to do with the little ones. Go to Artsy Momma for the directions.
55. Woven Craft Stick Butterflies
If you are looking for a cute craft to entertain little girls, this one should be a winner. Go to The Craft Train to find the tutorial.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer
Do you have a favorite butterfly quote?
RTalloni on May 18, 2019:
The butterfly mobiles are my favs, especially the fabric one.
Sybil from Manila, Philippines on May 15, 2019:
Thanks for the great ideas!
Celeste Wilson on October 09, 2018:
These are so cute. I tried to choose a favorite but I couldn't. Thank you for the inspiration.
kayyluh on April 04, 2016:
What cute craft ideas! I work at a daycare so I will definitely be using some of these for the little ones! :)
Doc_Holliday on March 02, 2014:
It's not just the kids who think that butterflies are a thing of beauty. I'll have to bookmark this lens to come back for the many ideas for kids crafts.
gods_grace_notes on August 06, 2013:
I love your great selection of butterfly ideas... I will certainly have to take a look at the sewing instructions for the butterflies in your intro module. Very creative!
anonymous on July 09, 2013:
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly" This became a new favorite quote for me because I had a child pass away and I have had to learn to live all over again.
anonymous on May 24, 2013:
I've always thought that if a butterfly lands on you that it's a good sign and it sure makes you smile. I love the variety of crafts you've come up and am partial to the punch tin ones and the calendar and flolded butterflies....fun for everyone, when a butterfly smiles at you it has to be a good day!
TheWritingProdigy on May 18, 2013:
Love this lens!
kavalonthatsme on May 16, 2013:
makorip lm on May 04, 2013:
I was fortunate to aquire a mounted rare butterfly collection that was also shipped to museums.Butterflies are great
Ibidii on March 12, 2013:
Oh Loraine - these butterfly'e are so cute I don't know where to begin! I will post the ones I make on my lens!
mj11769 on February 26, 2013: