Flutter into spring with this adorable folded colorful paper butterfly craft.
See all of our butterfly craft ideas
These paper butterflies are really easy to make, and to make them perfect each and every time we even have a craft template to share with you. These are great for kids and grown ups to make and they will make a wonderful paper decorations – you can even make a mobile with them.
We recommend you go all out with the colors, get as many different scrap book papers or cardstock in different colors and make a kaleidoscope of butterflies.
How to Make Colorful Paper Butterfly Craft
What you need
- cardstock or scrapook paper in different colors and pattersn
- black cardstock
- craft sticks (mini)
- paint brush
- black marker
- hot glue or glue dots (depending on age and skill of your crafters)
Start by painting the craft sticks. Bright paints work best, but you can paint them in any color really. Set them aside for the paint to dry completely.
We’ve made the antennae a bit more detailed, you can make them simpler depending on the age of the child.
For the adorable antennae like ours, cut thin strips of black cardstock as well as punch holes with a hole puncher to get little circles.
Glue the strips onto the back of the craft sticks and then glue a punched circle on top of each paper strip.
Print out the eyes template (or use googly eyes or wiggle eye stickers) and glue them onto the craft sticks.
Draw a nice little smile with a black marker. Set the craft sticks aside.
Print out the circle and rectangle template and cut it out. Place on colored paper and trace around the template.
Cut out colorful circles and rectangles.
Start folding the papers – start on one side and fold (accordion fold – interchange valley and mountain folds). You will need both shapes to make your paper butterfly.
Glue the top and bottom together. Hold in place for the glue to set (we like to use a clothespin to keep things in place).
Once the glue is dry, fan out the wings.
Glue on the craft stick (best with glue gun or glue dots) in the center of the wings.
Get the Paper Butterfly Craft Template Here
Get the craft template here: colorful paper butterfly craft template
Want instant access to all of our printable crafts, activities, and resources?
With thousands of crafts, activities, worksheets, coloring pages, and drawing tutorials to print, you will always have just the resource you need at your disposal. Perfect for parents and teachers alike!