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Butterfly Crafting

butterfly craft

On Sunday, we decided to give another craft from the Small Hands Creating Hope book a go.
These butterflies (ours are slightly different from the version in the book) were submitted by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots. I especially love the transparent wings!

drawing with sharpies on a laminating sheet

We didn’t have any plastic sheeting available to make wings, so I took a laminating pouch, opened it up, and had the kids color the inside with Sharpie pens. This has the added bonus that the pen ink is permanently enclosed inside the plastic.

four hand-crafted butterflies

Once the laminating pouch was sealed, we cut it into wing shapes, added pipe cleaner bodies and bead eyes, and it was time to play! The kids love that they can slide their fingers between the butterflies’ bodies and wings to easily carry them around:

wearing butterflies

Emma was even inspired to make up a (very quietly sung) butterfly song:


Do you have another favorite butterfly craft to share? My kids enjoyed sewing butterflies, and I adore this caterpillar to butterfly craft for kids. One year my three girls even dressed up as butterflies for Halloween!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

30 thoughts on “Butterfly Crafting”

  1. Valerie @ Glittering Muffins

    Very cute craft, I love it, thanks for sharing! I already donated and got my book, it’s a great book :)

  2. Ness @ One Perfect Day

    Your butterflies turned out so beautifully! What a great idea to use the laminating pocket in place of acetate. Sweet video too!

    1. Aren’t they pretty? I love the effect of the transparent wings- makes them feel very butterfly-ish to me, somehow.

      I saw transparent-wing butterflies in real life once, in a rain forest in Nicaragua (parents lived there while I was in college). You could see the blue veins in their wings – absolutely stunning.

  3. Oh, I love those. The boys are really into looking for butterflies but we’ve not seen that many this year. Maybe because it’s very dry here? We’ll just have to make some!

  4. K @ Storytime Fun

    Hi! This is my first visit to your site. I found you on Twitter. :-) So happy to read your post. I love your butterfly craft! Very creative!

    On my blog, Storytime ABC’S, I have several Blog Hops happening. One is a Bugs ABC’S (Activities, Books, Crafts, and Snacks) Blog Hop. I would like to invite you to link your post to the Hop because it is such a fun idea. I think it would fit in perfectly with the other ideas about bugs. I hope you will visit my blog and linkup! You will find the ABC’S Blog Hops in my sidebar or in the blog hop tab at the top of my page here: http://librarystorytimeabcs.blogspot.com

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4 th!

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