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Cardboard Tube Beaded Butterfly

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

When you think of spring what comes to mind? Butterfly crafts are right up there in the top ten aren’t they? I love watching butterflies as they flit around in my garden, checking out the fragrant herbs and landing on the butterfly bush. They are so beautiful, quiet and graceful. That’s why I always loved making butterfly crafts with the kids. TO teach them about their simple grace.

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Cardboard tubes are abundant and I rarely throw them away. My family knows if there are empty cardboard tubes on the bathroom counter, they are just waiting to go down to the craft room and that they should not be thrown out! Recycled crafts are what I enjoy most. There’s something about turning garbage into something cute that I just can’t resist.

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

One of the greatest things about working with cardboard tubes is that when you paint them and allow them time to dry, they become stiff, hard in fact. They hold their shape really well, making them great for this butterfly craft. In fact, if you wanted to, you could glue a magnet to the back and hang these on your fridge!

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

To make these cute butterflies, flatten the cardboard tube and cut it in half. Each tube makes 4 butterflies.

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Paint cardboard tube inside and out and allow to dry.

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Bend pipe cleaner in half and thread on 6 pony beads. Trim the end of the pipe cleaner for antennae.

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Cut cardboard tubes into 1/2″ strips. Bend strips about two-thirds the way down to create a small and large loop. Lay tubes next to each other and glue together.

Butterfly Craft from cardboard tubes and beads - from CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Glue the beaded body to the top of the cardboard tube wings.

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Lots of Crafts with Butterflies – Fun Family Crafts

Cardboard Tube Beaded Butterfly

Rating: 51

Cardboard Tube Beaded Butterfly

What you need:

  • Recycled cardboard tube
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Pony beads, various colors
  • Craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

What you do:

  1. Flatten the cardboard tube then cut it in half. Each cardboard tube can make 4 butterflies.
  2. Paint cardboard tube inside and out and allow to dry.
  3. Bend pipe cleaner in half and thread on 6 pony beads. Trim the end of the pipe cleaner for antennae.
  4. Cut cardboard tubes into 1/2" strips. Bend strips about two-thirds the way down to create a small and large loop. Lay tubes next to each other and glue together. Glue the beaded body to the top of the cardboard tube wings.

Notes from Amanda

Adults should handle the hot glue gun. White craft glue can be used as an alternative, just keep in mind that it will require drying time.

http://craftsbyamanda.com/2013/04/cardboard-tube-beaded-butterfly-craft.html

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5 Responses to Cardboard Tube Beaded Butterfly

  1. 1
    Sherry says:

    That is soo cute! i work with handicapped adults and this is something that they can do. They will love it!

  2. 2
    jet says:

    aaaw they are sooo cute!!!!

  3. 3

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  4. 4
    bandana dhar says:

    nice idea

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