Butterfly Crafts


Patterned Butterflies
Use the Patterned Butterflies Butterfly Craft to re-create the patterns of butterflies you see in your back yard!
Use the Patterned Butterflies Butterfly Craft to re-create the patterns of butterflies you see in your back yard!

These beautiful butterfly crafts look like they're made from stained glass! Study the patterns on real butterflies (from books or by looking at butterflies in your yard or garden), and see if you can re-create some of those patterns.

What You'll Need:

  • Butterfly reference books (optional)
  • Large sheet of paper
  • Marker
  • Tissue paper in many colors
  • Waxed paper
  • Liquid starch
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors

How to Make Patterned Butterflies:

Step 1: Study some reference books about butterflies to decide which butterfly you want to create. Draw a butterfly outline on the large sheet of paper.

Step 2: Tear the colored tissue into 3-inch shapes. Place a sheet of waxed paper over the butterfly outline. Use the liquid starch to paint tissue pieces onto the wax paper, filling in the outline of the butterfly with a mosaic of different colors.

Step 3: Add 1 or 2 more layers of tissue, and allow your butterfly to dry overnight.

Step 4: Cut out the butterfly, following the outline on the underlying paper. Slowly peel the tissue-paper butterfly off the waxed paper.

Tape your butterfly to the window, and let the sun shine through!

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