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Make butterflies with children - simple instructions with templates

  • Make felt butterfly
  • Butterfly as a napkin ring
  • Tinker Paper Plate Butterfly
  • Tinker Paper Butterfly
  • Tinker Pearl Butterfly

At the latest when the butterflies dance happily through the air again, we know: spring is here. Use the increasingly warmer time to creative activities with your children. We will explain step by step how to make beautiful butterflies and decorate your home with the finished work!

If an animal can symbolize spring, then it is undoubtedly the butterfly. No wonder then that the small colorful flying insects after or even in the cool winter season especially like to be tinkered - as a special way to express the longing for warm weather and colorfully flowering gardens. This DIY guide is about creating beautiful butterflies that children can easily make. The enchanting crafts made of various low-priced materials give you decorative elements that can be used to decorate your own home as well as gifts for relatives or friends. Let's go!

Make felt butterfly

... as jewelry for an Easter bouquet.

We start with the simplest way to make butterflies. The animals made of different colored felt are ideal as a jewelry pendant for an Easter bouquet.

You need this:

  • Bastelfilz in different colors (3 mm thick)
  • felt-tip pen
  • needle
  • thread
  • scissors
  • our craft template

How to proceed:

Step 1: Print our craft template on paper and cut out the individual butterflies.

Click here: To download the craft template

Step 2: Transfer the contours of the stencils to different colored felt. Use a felt-tip pen or a ballpoint pen.

Step 3: Carefully cut out the felt butterflies.

Step 4: Pierce a hole in each butterfly with the needle.

Tip: Always place the hole in one of the upper corners of the wing.

Step 5: Using the needle, pull one piece of thread through each hole to thread the butterflies.

Step 6: Arrange the ready-made pendants at your Easter shrub.

... works great with foam rubber

Tip: With adhesive dots or two-sided tape, you can also use your colorful felt butterflies to decorate Easter baskets or gifts.

Butterfly as a napkin ring

Also made of felt are the napkin rings in butterfly shape, which we want to tinker next. The finished elements represent a pretty, springlike table decoration.

You need this:

  • Bastelfilz in different colors (3 mm thick)
  • paper
  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • felt-tip pen
  • scissors
  • adhesive
  • our craft template

How to proceed:

Step 1: Print our craft template on paper and cut out the big butterfly.

Tip: It's the same pattern as the first one. However, you should use the smallest butterfly for the napkin rings.

Step 2: Transfer the butterfly to cardboard and cut it out.

Step 3: Cut out a cardboard strip measuring approx. 4 x 12 cm.

Step 4: Divide the butterfly in the middle and reconnect it with the cardboard strip just cut out.

Step 5: Place the finished template on the colored felt of your choice and surround it with a felt-tip pen.

Step 6: Cut out the whole thing.

Step 7: Now you have to make two incisions starting from the edge between butterfly and stripe - on one side from the top to the middle, on the other side from below to the middle.

Step 8: Insert the incisions into each other. Done is the butterfly napkin ring!

Tip: With the help of the template, you can of course make many more napkin rings in bright colors.

Tinker Paper Plate Butterfly

... as a decoration for the garden party.

You are planning a garden party at the beginning of spring and would like to bring in a home made decorative element ">

Click here: To download the craft template

Step 2: Transfer the wing template twice (once normal, once mirrored) to a paper plate. It is best to use a conventional pencil. Cut out the wings now.

Step 3: Paint the edges, as well as the inner surfaces of the two wings with craft paint of your choice.

Step 4: Let the paint dry well.

Step 5: Transfer the body template to black cardboard with a pencil and then cut out the element.

Tip: Alternatively, you can also use an empty toilet paper roll, which you paint with black craft paint. After that you have to let the paint dry again.

Step 6: Cut off a long pipe from a black pipe cleaner, fold it in half and shape the ends into feelers.

Step 7: Then glue the feelers to the body from behind. Then attach the paper plates from the top of the body. Finished!

Tip: If you are using a black painted toilet paper roll for the body, stick the probes in it.

Tinker Paper Butterfly

... as a creative invitation card.

Design creative invitation cards with cute butterfly designs for the upcoming kid's birthday. The actual invitation is rolled up as a butterfly body and attached to the "wing card".

You need this:

  • solid clay box (one sheet)
  • Photocard in different colors and sizes (several sheets)
  • paper
  • differnet. Decorative elements (eg beautiful fabric or felt remnants, old buttons and / or rhinestones)
  • pencil
  • felt-tip pen
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • cord
  • our craft template

How to proceed:

Step 1: Print our craft template on paper and cut out the butterfly.

Click here: To download the craft template

Step 2: Draw the outlines of the butterfly in pencil on a solid board.

Step 3: Cut out the motif and use it as a template.

Step 4: Now transfer the contours of the stencil to photo carton in your desired color.

Step 5: Cut out the photo carton butterfly.

Step 6: Decorate the butterfly by sticking it with various decorative elements, such as sparkling rhinestones, old buttons or beautiful fabric or felt remnants.

Tip: Decorate the wings with colored adhesives, such as Pritt.

Step 7: Make two small holes in the butterfly to the left and right of the body.

Step 8: Thread a long piece of string from behind through the slots.

Step 9: Use felt-tip pen to write the invitation text on a smaller colored photo card.

Step 10: Carefully roll the invitation together, place it vertically on the butterfly body and knot it with the drawstring at the front.

Tip: Of course you can also tie a bow.

Tinker Pearl Butterfly

With a pearl butterfly you create a real deco allrounder. It can be placed on the table or the window sill, hung on a wing part or used as a gift ornament.

You need this:

  • colorful pipe cleaner (bending plush)
  • colored beads
  • scissors

How to proceed:

Step 1: Pick up four colorful pipe cleaners and craft a star with eight beams from the bending plush wires.

Step 2: Fix this star in the middle with a small piece of pipe cleaner.

Tip: If you work with very small children, it is recommended to prepare the bending plush star for the offspring.

Step 3: Then put the colored beads on the rays.

Tip: Use lots of colors and mix them together to conjure up a dazzling butterfly. Or you arrange the same pearls on each of the upper and lower four rays - so the pattern becomes symmetrical.

Step 4: In order to create a butterfly out of the star, you now have to turn two rays into each other at the top. So make the wings of the animal.

5th step: Work in the middle, ie between the two pairs of wings, two more pipe cleaners. They yield the body and wings of the butterfly. First, turn the two bending plush wires together, but let them "run out" towards the top. Bend it slightly down at the top. Finished!

Tip: It looks especially great when many pearl butterflies decorate the window.

As you can see from our varied guides, there are countless ways to make decorative butterflies with children. In each variant, the time required as well as the degree of difficulty. In addition, all of our flying insects are made of low-cost materials.

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