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!
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.
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:
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 is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
30 thoughts on “Butterfly Crafting”
Why didn’t I came up with that idea?
It is so simple and truly nice to see!
I love it!
Those butterflies are cute! They’re very creative I should say.
I love those and the use of the cellophane. Beautiful!
Thank you for linking to Family Frolics!
Love their beautiful butterflies!
Lovely! Those butterflies are beautiful.
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!
These are really adorable! I love the bead eyes!
Isn’t it a neat craft! I love all the ideas in that book!
I’m loving those laminated sheets!!!
These butterflies are precious! I absolutely love them!
Sweet butterflies and a sweet butterfly song! :)
OMG, I’ve done so many butterfly crafts with kids, and I never saw or thought of that idea! thats why I love coming to your blog. ;)
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!
What a great idea to use a laminating pouch! Love that you can see both sides of the butterflies wings : )
Love your butterflies!!! Some do have transparent wings!
Thanks for the link up too!
I know! I saw some once, and they were so pretty!!!
Those are GORGEOUS!!! And beautiful singing from Emma, too. :) Lovely, lovely, lovely.
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.
How incredible you’ve seen some like that in person!!
They were incredibly beautiful :)
Those butterflies turned out lovely!
Your butterflies turned out so beautifully! What a great idea to use the laminating pocket in place of acetate. Sweet video too!
Thank you, Ness! I had to include that video, she was singing so sweetly on the swing :)
Very cute craft, I love it, thanks for sharing! I already donated and got my book, it’s a great book :)
Thanks for donating, and I’m so glad you like the book. My kids are huge fans! :)
The laminating pouch is a nice touch.
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