Print Project

Clothespin Butterflies


  • 2 round slotted clothespins also called doll pins
  • Black paint
  • 2 tiny googly eyes
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • 1 sheet of copier paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Tools: paintbrush white craft glue


  • Paint the clothespins black and set aside to dry.
  • Paint the piece of paper with the watercolor paints. Don't leave any white areas, paint the whole thing and be as colorful as you can!
  • When dry, cut the painted paper in half so that you have two 5"x8" (approximately) pieces.
  • Starting at the 5" side, fold paper up accordion style. Repeat for the second painted paper.
  • Stretch the paper out. With the clothespin laying on the table, insert the 5" side of the paper, painted side facing up, into the clothespin's slot.
  • Gather the paper up into the slot by pulling and pushing the paper a little at a time. Spread the wings out and shape them.
  • Glue on the googly eyes.
  • Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Wrap it around the neck of the clothespin so that the open ends are in the back.
  • Twist it closed around the neck.
  • Bend the two ends up so that the stick up behind the head. Trim to desired length for your antennae.