Butterflies are so beautiful, they are one of my favorite elements of spring! There are lots of butterfly crafts you can make with the kids. They are made from many different materials ranging from coffee filter butterflies to cardboard tube butterflies. Today we are going to make a butterfly craft from paper doilies and food coloring.
I love crafts that are full of color. Kids do too. These butterflies can be as colorful as you like, but be careful not to use too much or they’ll all blend together and turn into a brownish blob.
You can get paper doilies at the craft store or the discount department store. You might even be able find them at the dollar store. Check the wedding and party sections. A package comes with quite a few, so you can get plenty of butterflies out of a package.
Place an old towel down on your work surface and place the doilies on top of it. Use a paintbrush to get the doilies wet. Be careful, they can tear easily when wet. Drip food coloring onto the wet doilies.
Blend the color and water with a paintbrush. Turn them over, the towel will absorb the extra moisture. Let them dry.
Fold and cut (see directions below)…
…and add pipe cleaners!
More Butterfly CraftsPaper Plate Butterfly – TLC
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- 1 large paper doily
- 1 medium paper doily
- Food coloring or watercolor paints
- 2 black pipe cleaners
- Place the doilies onto a towel that you are not concerned about staining. Paint both sides of each doily with water. Be sure to handle them carefully as they are delicate and can tear easily.
- Drip food coloring onto the wet doilies and spread it around with a paintbrush dipped in water.
- Turn the doilies over so that the towel will soak up the excess moisture. Let the doilies dry completely.
- Fold doilies in half and then in half again. use scissors to cut a simple butterfly shape by cutting a small triangle section out of the center of the doily's side.
- Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Run the pipe cleaner up the center of the doily and twist at the "head" of the butterfly to create the antennae. Trim ends.