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53 Beautiful Butterfly Craft Ideas
Butterfly crafts are suitable for any time of year, but we seem to associate it 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 website addresses to the sites that will tell you how to make the butterflies.
To make the cute little baby butterflies shown above, go to Sew,Mama,Sew!
1. Vintage Butterflies
You'll find these butterflies so super easy to make when you follow the instructions at sweet paul. Imagine all the ways you'll be able to use these butterflies. Consider gluing to a wire or skewer to make plant pokes or adding them to canvas art.
2. Butterfly Shadow Box
Not only do you get a nice tutorial for making this shadow box, when you go to the diyready site, you also get information about a site where you'll find free, vintage butterfly art, to download. You'll be able to think of many, many ways to use those free prints, I'm sure. I know I will.
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. Feather Butterflies
I kind of like the idea of using feathers to make butterflies. I think the pastel colors would be especially attractive. If you would like to make these beauties, go to wikiHow or the instructions.
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.
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. Punched Tin Butterflies
These unique tin punched butterflies can be found on the Gingerbread Snowflakes lens.
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. Calendar Butterflies
See how you can make beautiful butterflies using the pictures from calendars. You'll find the easy to understand instructions at Best Calendar Page Butterfly.
13. Butterfly on Dowel
A butterfly on a dowel is what this butterfly is. Imagine all the different butterflies you could make and display with this pattern. Go to the Martha Stewart website for this butterfly craft.
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
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. Pretty Butterfly Mobile
Nothing says Spring like a nice butterfly mobile. Try your hand at making these by going to INDIE FIXX for the directions.
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. Pencil Toppers
Can you imagine the fun the kids would have making these butterfly pencil toppers. Show them how with the help of the directions at Big Backyard.
21. Butterfly Masks
Even pre-schoolers will love making and playing with these butterfly masks. Crayola is the place to find the directions for this cute project.
22. Butterfly Obelisk
The directions for this butterfly obelisk at Mark Montano even include the directions for making the obelisk from cardboard.
23. Butterfly Straws
Let's party! If you are planning a party, why not make these butterfly straws as part of the decorations or as an activity for the guests? Cute and easy to make. Find the directions at the GoodHousekeeping 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 fused fabric butterflies. Imagine all the different fabric prints that you could use for this project. Go to Piggy Giggles 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. Butterfly Mobile
Another little butterfly mobile that I thought looked cute and easy. Find the directions at first patette.
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
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 kids and you will love making this cute little clay butterfly. To find the instructions, go to Art Platter.
43. Fairy Butterfly Barrettes
These little butterflies are very easy to make as you'll see when you find the tutorial at Disney family. With all the beautiful ribbons available, you'll be able to make these cute barrettes for every outfit.
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. Butterfly Topiary
Use paper colors that enhance your décor, and make this outstanding topiary. Go to Crafts ‘n Coffee for the instructions.
46. Fabric Origami Butterfly
When you go to Mollie MAKES you'll find a picture tutorial for making a folded fabric butterfly necklace.
47. Bouncing Butterflies
The printables for this cute project come in color or, for coloring, in black and white. One of the printables in specified for boys and one for girls. This would be a great classroom project. You'll find the printables and the instructions at SMARTY PANTS FUN.
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 AY.
49. Brown Bag to Metal-look Butterfly
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.
© 2012 Loraine Brummer