Creating a paper plate butterfly can be a fun and easy activity with some help from our instructions. This butterfly project is great for kids to get creative. Once finished building the base, they can design this beautiful butterfly however they like. Allowing them to express themselves through crafting freely.
- Hot glue (Please use with adult supervision)
- A paper plate
- Popsicle stick
- Glue or tape
- Coloring materials (eg. crayon, markers, and paints)
- pipe cleaner
Create the wings using paper plates
Get a piece of a paper plate. Cut the paper plate horizontally and vertically in half.
The piece of the paper plate we’re using has a glossy side which is why for this project, we will use the backside so that we can draw on it.
It should look like this. You now have 4 pieces of wings for your butterfly
Make two of your wings smaller by trimming the outer sides off.
Trim the remaining two wings to an even smaller size than the previous two wings.
The base of your wings is now done!
Assemble the wings of your paper butterfly
Layout the big and small wings like the right side.
Join them together using glue or tape.
Do the same on the remaining wings. The wings of your paper plate butterfly are now done!
Set it aside for now.
Create the antenna
Bend the pipe cleaner in half
Stick the pipe cleaner to a popsicle stick. Use tape or hot glue to secure them in place.
How you place the antenna should look like the picture above. Flip the popsicle stick to the other side.
Twirl one of the antenna of the butterfly.
Do the same for the other end of the pipe cleaner.
The antenna of your butterfly is now done!
Create the face of your butterfly.
Stick some googly eyes to the popsicle stick.
If normal glue doesn’t stick them in place, use hot glue.
Give the butterfly an expression by drawing him a mouth.
Ain’t our little friend adorable! Let’s assemble the wings to the body!
Assemble the paper plate butterfly
Glue the wings to the back of the butterfly. Use hot glue or tape to stick it to the popsicle.
When assembled, it should look like this.
Flip it over and grab your coloring materials!
Time to decorate!!!
Get creative and design your butterfly, friend
Your paper plate butterfly is now done!
For this project, we used both crayons and markers to design the wings. Get creative by decorating it however you want your little friend to be.
- Please let an adult supervise a child when using the glue gun.