Paper Doily Butterflies from @amandaformaro
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Butterfly Craft: Paper Doily Butterflies

Author: Amanda Formaro


  • 1 large paper doily
  • 1 medium paper doily
  • Food coloring or watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • Scissors


  • Place the doilies on 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.