This Clothespin Butterfly Craft is fun and useful.

Clothespin Butterfly

Butterflies flutter in the wind like real-life fairies, colorfully floating on air. It's easy to pin one down in this creative butterfly craft. Your kids will make their own butterflies with paper, glue, and clothespins -- and a little imagination.

What You'll Need:

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Colored paper
  • Sequins
  • Craft glue
  • Clothespin
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Chenille stems
  • Magnetic strip (optional)

How to Make a Clothespin Butterfly:

Step 1: Draw a 5x5-inch bow-tie shape on a piece of white paper, making sure the shape narrows to about 1 inch at the center. Cut out the shape; this is your butterfly.

Step 2: Decorate the wings with bits of paper, sequins -- anything colorful. Glue the butterfly to the bottom of a clothespin. Add wiggle eyes and chenille-stem antennae to your butterfly.

Now you've got a magical butterfly you need never set free! Add a magnetic strip to the bottom of the clothespin, and your butterfly becomes a refrigerator magnet. It can hold notes, report cards, pictures, and coupons!

The next butterfly craft will really make your kids bug out! Learn how to make crazy caterpillars in the next section.

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