50 Butterfly Crafts

Dec 13, 2022 | General Crafts, Home Decor Crafts, Kids crafts, Paper crafts

Springtime is my favorite season when it comes to craft projects. With inspiration from Easter, flowers, butterflies, and rainbows, there are so many fun ideas when it comes to spring crafting with the kids. I’m all about the low-mess kind of crafts that don’t call for a ton of supplies, so to celebrate the start of spring, here are butterfly crafts we can start making today!

BUTTERFLY CRAFTS

There are tens of thousands of butterfly species; each has its unique pattern and color combinations to its wings — which means the possibilities are endless when you make your butterflies! Here to inspire you are some of the best butterfly crafts based on this divine and colorful little insect. Enough to keep you and your kids busy with your crating for some time.


1. Flapping Butterfly Craft by One Little Project

This butterfly craft is so fun and it’s super easy to make! Kids of all ages will love watching the paper butterfly flap its wings just like a real butterfly. The mechanics of the moving wings also add a fun lesson in engineering, making it a great STEAM project.

Flapping Butterfly Craft by One Little Project

Follow the tutorial here


2. Butterfly Paper Heart Craft by Hello Wonderful

This fun Butterfly Paper Heart Craft is certain to be a hit in your house! It’s a great way to have early learners work on their hand-eye coordination all while creating their very own beautiful butterfly as well!

Add to the printable with a little glue and folded paper hearts to easily make your own beautiful butterfly – complete with colorful wings that flutter in the breeze!  A cute spring or summer art project for kids that also practices those fine motor skills.

Butterfly Paper Heart Craft by Hello Wonderful

Follow the tutorial here


3. Butterfly Mask Craft by Messy Little Monster

Use this free template to make beautiful, vivid Butterfly Masks. If you’re throwing a butterfly party, these masks would be fantastic for a party craft or as party favours if you make them ahead of time. 

Butterfly Mask Craft by Messy Little Monster

Follow the tutorial here


4. Melted Crayon Butterflies by Barley & Birch

Make your own colorful kaleidoscope (the actual name for a group of butterflies!) from melted crayons. Armed with a fistful of scrap fabric and old crayon bits, you set to work cutting simple wing shapes and picking out color combinations for our flutter of handmade butterflies.

If you’ve never designed your own kind of Monarch, Painted Lady, Viceroy, or Swallowtail, you just have to try this process – it’s perfectly suited to butterfly-making! It’s also a fabulous way to recycle broken crayons and old tees or canvas totes.

Melted Crayon Butterflies by Barley & Birch

Follow the tutorial here


5. Paper Plate Butterfly Kids Craft by Designed Improvised

Any patterned paper plate would work great for this craft. You can get creative with the mix of embellishments such as pom-poms, adhesive jewels or stickers. You will also use colored craft sticks for the butterfly body but you could always decorate regular craft sticks with paint or markers.

It’s a simple kids craft that is great for all ages, and could make a cute Mother’s Day gift too. You could add magnets on the back, or insert one or two into a flower bouquet! They would even make pretty present toppers. Or what about a wall of these in a child’s bedroom? The options are endless!

Paper Plate Butterfly Kids Craft by Designed Improvised

Follow the tutorial here


6. Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Ring by Be A Fun Mum

Pipe cleaners are a great craft material for little kids to mould and bend into shape. My girls love these pipe cleaner butterfly rings, and best of all they are very quick to make.

Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Ring by Be A Fun Mum

Follow the tutorial here


7. Sponge Butterfly Craft by The Craft Train

Here is an easy sponge butterfly craft you can make from standard kitchen sponges plus a few other materials. Sponge butterflies are a fun Spring craft idea for kids, and the finished butterflies make great fridge magnets. They’d make a cute handmade gift idea for mothers day too!

Sponge Butterfly Craft by The Craft Train

Follow the tutorial here


8. Handprint Butterfly Craft by Our Kid Things

This Cardboard Roll Handprint Butterfly Craft is super colorful, super sweet, a wonderful keepsake made with little hands, and such a lovely craft to welcome spring! One of the best things about this craft is that you can make it any color combination. It can be as bright and vivid as the blossoms of spring itself!

Handprint Butterfly Craft by Our Kid Things

Follow the tutorial here


9. Butterfly Keepsake Craft by Messy Little Monster

Here’s another beautiful keepsake! It is so much easier to make this clay craft than it looks! With this handmade keepsake or homemade gift, you can treasure a baby or toddlers little footprints forever. Older kids could even design and make their own clay dish!

Butterfly Keepsake Craft by Messy Little Monster

Follow the tutorial here


10. Easy No Sew Felt Butterfly Craft by A Cultivated Nest

You’ll find so many uses for these felt butterflies! They’re perfect for magnets, hair clips, or for adding decorative touches to wreaths and frames. Let your imagination fly high with this felt butterflies.

Easy No Sew Felt Butterfly Craft by A Cultivated Nest

Follow the tutorial here


11. Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft by The Simple Parent

When it comes to getting crafty with my kids, one of the things I try to find are crafts that both of them can make with me. The great thing about these coffee filter butterflies with clothespins is that kids of all ages (adults included) can have fun making them together!

Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft by The Simple Parent

Follow the tutorial here


12. Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft by Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Colorful crafts make me and my kid smile, and this fun tissue paper butterfly craft certainly fits the bill. You don’t need anything fancy to make these — I bet you have everything on hand. Grab some tissue paper, yarn or string, scissors, glue, and a marker, and get to work on this cute craft!

Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft by Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Follow the tutorial here


13. Butterfly Snack Bags by Natural Beach Living

You are about to see the cutest and easiest butterfly crafts kids make for snack time. This treat bag is the perfect mix of purposeful and creative. Whether you are in the middle of a butterfly lesson, or you are looking for a good spring activity, this is it. I think every child loves making crafts and eating snacks. This puts them both together for a cute butterfly snack bag.

Butterfly Snack Bags by Natural Beach Living

Follow the tutorial here


14. Egg Carton Butterfly Craft by Crafty Morning

Make a egg carton butterfly craft for spring! This is a fun painting technique that looks like tie dye. A great recycled art project!

Egg Carton Butterfly Craft by Crafty Morning

Follow the tutorial here


15. Butterfly Card Craft by I Heart Crafty Things

Kids will have a blast creating this simple butterfly card for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or any special occasions. The art technique of paint smashing is a fun addition for kids and it adds colorful and beautiful details to the butterfly wings of this easy DIY card.

Butterfly Card Craft by I Heart Crafty Things

Follow the tutorial here


16. Giant Origami Painted Butterflies by Pink Stripey Socks

This is two craft projects in one! Kids with an interest in origami will love learning how to make a butterfly, and for the younger kiddos who may have difficulty with folding, painting the wings will be lots of fun.

Giant Origami Painted Butterflies by Pink Stripey Socks

Follow the tutorial here


17. Folded Paper Butterfly Craft by Buggy And Buddy

This folded paper butterfly craft is a really fun one to make! You’ll only need a few common craft supplies to create these colorful butterflies for spring or summer. They look so bright and cheery hanging up around your house or classroom!

I love how this craft allows for all different combinations of patterned scrapbooking paper, allowing for unlimited types of butterflies. You could even use regular construction paper or paper the kids have watercolored!

Folded Paper Butterfly Craft by Buggy And Buddy

Follow the tutorial here


18. Cupcake Liner Butterfly Craft by Frugal Fun For Boys And Girls

Here’s an adorable butterfly craft that kids will love! Use cupcake liners and a few other simple craft supplies to make bright and colorful butterflies.

You can even add magnets to the back of your butterflies and stick them on the fridge. I would recommend this craft for ages 8 and up, but younger kids will also enjoy this with help.

Cupcake Liner Butterfly Craft by Frugal Fun For Boys And Girls

Follow the tutorial here


19. Bubble Wrap Butterflies by The Craft At Home Family

Looking for a fun new way to paint? Try using bubble wrap to make these cute butterfly prints with your kids! The included template makes this project super easy to set up, and you probably already have all the materials you need at home.

Plus, the butterfly stamps can be cleaned and reused, so you can make them once and use them as many times as you like!

Bubble Wrap Butterflies by The Craft At Home Family

Follow the tutorial here


20. Pasta Butterfly Craft by Living Life & Learning

This Pasta Butterfly Craft is great for early learners and fine motor skills. It’s a simple art activity that highlights creativity and shows how simple it can be to create fun craft projects, right at home.

We’ve actually done this fun pasta craft a lot of times in our house. The kids find it pretty adorable that the pasta really does look like a butterfly – as do I!

Pasta Butterfly Craft by Living Life & Learning

Follow the tutorial here


21. Doily Butterfly Craft by Toddler At Play

This Doily Butterfly Craft uses, you’ve guess it, doilies, with an addition of a few other basic craft supplies. I love this craft idea. It’s super fun using water colors on a doily because the paint beautifully expands, blends and mixes with other paint colors, creating gorgeous wings for the festive butterflies. Kids will love this step for sure!

Doily Butterfly Craft by Toddler At Play

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22. Crepe Paper Butterflies by Oh Happy Day

What could be prettier than brightly colored butterflies fluttering around your cake? The trick to these easy-to-make butterflies is in the shape of the paper – basically a diamond on top of a square.

Usually used to make gorgeous paper flowers, the natural grains of the crepe paper lend themselves perfectly to the creation of these butterflies.

Crepe Paper Butterflies by Oh Happy Day

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23. Yarn Butterfly Craft by The Craft Train

These woven butterflies are made from lolly sticks and scraps of yarn. I think they are just so clever!

Yarn Butterfly Craft by The Craft Train

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24. Papercut Butterfly Wall Art by Lia Griffith

This beautiful papercut butterfly wall art is sure to be a conversation piece in your home. I love the way these butterflies appear as though they will flutter off the wall at any moment. Besides, what could be happier than a bunch of butterflies in flight?

Papercut Butterfly Wall Art by Lia Griffith

Follow the tutorial here


25. Easy Butterfly Bookmark Origami by Red Ted Art

I enjoy a bit of origami now and again so these look fun to make. Start off with the correct paper size and then no cutting or decorating is required to make this gorgeous Paper Butterfly Bookmark!

Easy Butterfly Bookmark Origami by Red Ted Art

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26. Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft by Arty Crafty Kids

When it comes to simple preschool crafts, the humble toilet roll often takes center stage –  who doesn’t have the odd paper roll to hand? This Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft is perfect for younger children. They’ll love designing their butterflies. Applying colour, creating patterns, sticking and playing with their creations.

Easy Preschool Butterfly Craft by Arty Crafty Kids

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27. Butterfly Life Cycle Craft by The Best Ideas For Kids

Learning about the butterfly life cycle is a fun educational activity for kids! Kids will love putting together this simple butterfly life cycle craft. And the best part is that you can use the free printable template included in this tutorial to make it!

Butterfly Life Cycle Craft by The Best Ideas For Kids

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28. Drinking Straw Butterflies by Krokotak

Get your tiny toddlers to thread some drinking straws for fine motor practice, then surprise them by turning them into a bunch of butterflies!

Drinking Straw Butterflies by Krokotak

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29. Mosaic Monarch Butterfly Craft by Our Kid Things

There’s nothing better than a bright and beautiful butterfly craft for spring. This Mosaic Monarch Butterfly Craft is definitely bright, dramatic, and truly gorgeous, with crisp colors made ever more vibrant against a black paper base. It’s also easy for even the littlest hands.

Mosaic Monarch Butterfly Craft by Our Kid Things

Follow the tutorial here


30. Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterflies by One Little Project

These beaded pipe cleaner butterflies are so pretty and so sparkly, and best of all, they’re really easy to make! I love how you can make this a color matching activity or work on patterns.

Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterflies by One Little Project

Follow the tutorial here


31. Paper Plate Fluttering Butterfly Craft by I Heart Crafty Things

Watch as the butterfly flies back and forth over the pretty flowers. It’s mesmerizing! This Paper Plate Fluttering Butterfly Craft is a fun, interactive project for spring and summer.

Paper Plate Fluttering Butterfly Craft by I Heart Crafty Things

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32. Crystal Butterfly Craft by Fantastic Fun And Learning

My kids love crystals, and I can’t blame them! What’s not to love about something so colorful and sparkly? This quick tutorial will show you how to make your own crystal butterfly craft, but you can easily switch it up and make any design your kids choose.

Crystal Butterfly Craft by Fantastic Fun And Learning

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33. Easy Spring Butterfly Suncatcher Craft by Simple Mom Project

Dats like today remind me of just how much I love the summer weather! This suncacther craft would be perfect to make in those spring and summer months when you’re looking for a project to entertain kids with. Once they’re done, they can hang it up on the window and watch it change colors throughout the day!

Easy Spring Butterfly Suncatcher Craft by Simple Mom Project

Follow the tutorial here


34. Butterfly Treats by My Home Based Life

I love a great DIY for kids that they can take to school and share with classmates. This butterfly treats craft is the way to go for simplicity and kids approved fun. This is a frugal option for a classroom valentine your kids can make. This craft takes mere minutes to make and my kids loved putting them together to share at school.

Butterfly Treats by My Home Based Life

Follow the tutorial here


35. Chunky Rainbow Butterfly Craft by the Inspiration Edit

I love rainbows and I love butterflies so this is the perfect bright and colorful craft to try out. You can use paper eyes or googly eyes — the choice is yours.

Chunky Rainbow Butterfly Craft by the Inspiration Edit

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36. Popsicle Stick Butterfly Craft by Growing Up Gabel

Turn popsicle sticks into a cute butterfly to use as a magnet or decoration. They are quick and easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers but older kids love them, too! Add glitter, glitter glue, sequins, or other embellishments to make each butterfly unique. 

Popsicle Stick Butterfly Craft by Growing Up Gabel

Follow the tutorial here


37. Easy Aluminum Foil Butterfly Craft by I Heart Arts N Crafts

Create these shiny and bright aluminum foil butterflies with this super easy craft that includes very few materials. They would look great hung up as a mobile or made as a magnet for the fridge!

Easy Aluminum Foil Butterfly Craft by I Heart Arts N Crafts

Follow the tutorial here


38. Puffy Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft by Crafts By Amanda

This butterfly craft uses tissue paper or crepe paper and looks so pretty when it’s all done! It takes a little patience, but could even be done in stages if you are crafting with younger kids.

Puffy Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft by Crafts By Amanda

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39. 3D Paper Butterflies by Crafty Marie

These beautiful paper butterfly decorations and embellishments make for a wonderful spring craft project for both adults and older children to make.

The completed designs can be used as pretty party decorations and also as stunning and professional looking embellishments for your handmade cards, scrapbooks, wall art and more.

3D Paper Butterflies by Crafty Marie

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40. Quilled Paper Butterflies by Honey’s Quilling

Quilling is a beautiful and traditional craft that is really coming back into vogue — and you can see why with these stunning earring designs. This is a fab tutorial which shows you step by step how to make these little darlings and then shows examples of them used as earrings or really sweet hair clips.

Quilled Paper Butterflies by Honey's Quilling

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41. Milk Jug Butterflies by Alpha Mom

Who would have thought of making these beautiful, winged creatures from milk jugs! This wonderful tutorial takes you through turning milk jug plastic into something very special. This is a great idea for upcycling those empty bottles into something that looks good for your home.

Milk Jug Butterflies by Alpha Mom

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42. Autumn Leaf Butterflies by One Little Project

These autumn leaf butterflies are so cool and are completely inspired by nature! Nature really provides the bulk of what you’ll need to make this craft! Go on a little walk around your block and you’ll be surprised at how much you can find when you’re on a mission!

Autumn Leaf Butterflies by One Little Project

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43. Cardboard Butterfly Wings by Fun At Home With Kids

Cardboard or cardboard boxes are so versatile to craft with — literally your imagination is the limit. Such as this fantastic DIY costume — cardboard butterfly wings! Seriously, how adorable are they? So colorful, so bright. Simply perfect.

Cardboard Butterfly Wings by Fun At Home With Kids

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44. Rainbow Butterfly Cork Crafts by Red Ted Art

These little cork bugs or butterfly corks are a great way to “use up” some kids art, or you can make them using brightly coloured paper and make a set of Rainbow Butterflies. Either way this cork craft, makes for a great Spring or Summer Craft with the kids – make a whole set and have lots of fun!

Rainbow Butterfly Cork Crafts by Red Ted Art

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45. Colorful Paper Butterfly Puppet Craft by I Heart Crafty Things

Kids will have so much fun playing with this paper butterfly puppet craft. After creating the butterfly with a mixture of different colors of paper and circles, kids hold on to the end of the straw, move it up and down and watch as their butterflies flutter around in the air.

Colorful Paper Butterfly Puppet Craft by I Heart Crafty Things

Follow the tutorial here


46. Felt Origami Butterfly Hair Clips by Cutesy Crafts

Here’s another adorable butterfly craft you can make out of felt. These are so fun because you make more of a 3-D shape by folding the butterfly just like you would with paper for origami. Once you get the first one down, they are so easy to make. Older kids could even try their hand at them, as well.

Felt Origami Butterfly Hair Clips by Cutesy Crafts

Follow the tutorial here


47. Transforming Paper Butterfly Craft by Hello Wonderful

Turn cute painted caterpillars into pretty butterflies with this fun symmetry art project. Teach your kids about the beautiful transformation that happens when caterpillars turn into butterflies with this fun art project. Kids will love painting symmetrical patterns on the caterpillar bodies that turn into colorful fluttering wings.

Transforming Paper Butterfly Craft by Hello Wonderful

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48. Paper Heart Butterfly Craft by Buggy And Buddy

Make an easy heart butterfly craft using just strips of paper! This paper craft for kids is perfect for Valentine’s Day, spring, or a unit on butterflies. Just print out the free template, and you’re ready to get creating!

Paper Heart Butterfly Craft by Buggy And Buddy

Follow the tutorial here


49. Butterfly Paper Craft by Messy Little Monster

Make butterflies in all sorts of colors to decorate for spring or summer. This butterfly papaer craft comes with printable templates, and you can use whatever color of paper you like. String them together to make a butterfly banner or add a magnet to the back to decorate the fridge.

Butterfly Paper Craft by Messy Little Monster

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50. Faux Stained Glass Butterfly Craft by Crayons & Cravings

Painted using bright watercolors, these faux stained glass butterflies would look great hanging on the wall. This butterfly craft is great for older children or adults. For younger children, you might want to complete the glue steps, allow to dry, then simply have the children paint their stained glass butterflies.

Faux Stained Glass Butterfly Craft by Crayons & Cravings

Follow the tutorial here

ENJOY MAKING THESE CUTE BUTTERFLY CRAFTS FOR YOUR DIY PROJECTS.

Are your looking for more kid-friendly projects? Check out all of our Kids Crafts here. Crafting with the kids never gets old, so you can never have too many ideas saved up!

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I hope you have a wonderful time making the projects in this list of butterfly craft. Happy crafting!

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