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IMG_0037Been a while since I posted a craft, eh?  This butterfly is a project the girls and I cooked up on a cloudy August Sunday morning.  As usual, we took the kitchen over completely with paper and glue and scissors.  Made a huge mess.  Made a handful of giant butterflies.  Picked up our huge mess.  And then we played with our new toys.  I figure soon I’ll string them so that we can spin with them to make them fly, but if you make the body tube large enough, you can poke your finger into the butterfly’s rear (eek!) and with big soaring flaps of your arms make the butterfly flap too.  That’s pretty much fun.

This project is simple and easily adaptable to your own tastes.   You’ll need scissors, glue, several sheets of paper (we wanted BIG butterflies so we used 12″ x 12″ scrapbook stock), a whole punch and something like a pipe cleaner for the antennae.  Googly eyes and glitter are optional but they sure add to the fun.

First off, the file you will need for the template (prints to an 8.5″ x 11″ paper):



IMG_00031.  Cut a long strip of substantial paper (like cardstock), roll into a tube and glue the heck out of it.  This will be the butterfly’s body.  I use a sharpie marker as the “form” for the tube.

IMG_00112.  Cut out your wing template.  You may or may not choose to cut out a center panel on the template.  The template is sized so that you can align it on a bisecting diagonal of a 12″ x 12″ piece of scrabook paper.   Trace the template, flip the template and trace again on the same sheet of paper, lining up the “tabs” of the wings to make a matched pair.  Cut out your butterfly shape, being careful not to cut it in half…you want a continuous bridging piece connecting the wing shapes.  This makes the wing surface seen on the top of the butterfly.

3.  Repeat this process on another sheet of 12″x  12″ paper, however, DO NOT cut out a center panel design on the wings.  Another option would be to use a piece of tissue paper or giftwrap (I’m thinking of something rather translucent) for this side of the wings.  This makes the wing surface seen on the belly side of the butterfly.

4.  Align the two wing pieces back to back (white side to white side) and carefully glue together.

5.  While the wings dry, you can decorate them with bits and pieces of this and that.  We decorated only the top surface of the wings because in nature, it’s the top side of a butterfly’s wings that are the most brilliant.

IMG_00166.  Wrap a pretty strip of paper around the body tube ~1″ from a tube end to re-inforce it.

IMG_00187.  Spread gobs and gobs of glue on the bridging portion of the top side of the wings.

IMG_00198.  Place the body tube, reinforced end against the wing bridge and squeeze the wing bridge around the tube.  Hold in place or clamp for seemingly forever until the glue sets.

9.  Gently fold the wings at an angle to the body.

IMG_002110.  Take a hole punch and punch a hole on the top side of the body tube a centimeter or so from the tube’s end….this will be for the antennae.

IMG_002211.  Find a pipe cleaner and knot it about itself, leaving a few centimeters of pointy folded pipe cleaner at the center.  The result sort-of looks like a proboscis.

IMG_002312.  Slide the pipe cleaner ends into the tube and thread through the hole, catching the knot inside the tube.  Curl your antennae if desired.  Add googly eys for the extra finishing touch.  Voila!

Our butterflies are fun!





First off, the files you will need to print the project:  sweetilings_bw_pdf



What is contained:  4 different fairy bodies, fronts and backs, for you to color and decorate; several styles of wings to choose from, assorted wands to make a star fairy, tooth fairy, heart fairy or flower fairy.

What you’ll need:  markers and crayons or paint, glue (scrapbooker’s fast-drying is best), toothpicks, bits and pieces of ribbon, string or popsickle sticks to hang the faires with or use as handles, scissors, 8.5′ x 11″ card stock, and, although not necessary, sparkly glitter, stickers or the like is highly recommended.


1. Pick your fairy and pick your wing pair. Color ‘em in. We used crayons and markers because they were on hand. Add glitter, sequins and bits of what not. Depending on your inclination, you may choose to make each component a mirror image of it’s partner or you may go for the daring separate size look. Coloring mirror images is a good, challenging task for young children in particular. Choosing to make separate sides different is quite daring for most older people.

2. Cut the components out, leaving a generous outer perimeter around tight areas such as feet and hands. This is rather tricky cutting for the very young but should be managble for adults and older children. 

3. Glue the blank sides of your fairy bodies together, matching them together as closely as possible. Hold the two pieces up to a light or window to help align the dark lines. Our fairies wanted to bend a bit as they dried, so we pressed them between a stack of heavy books as they dried. I used a higher quality scrapbooker’s glue stick and it worked great.  School glue was a bit too gloppy and “wet.”

4. Take a look at your wings and think a bit about how you want them positioned on the fairie’s body. For instance, if you want the fairy to be attached to a string and flying above you, you’ll probably want the colored side of the wings to face towards the ground. Color both sides of the wings for extra panache.  Fold the tabs of the wings at the dotted line and then again higher towards the wing tip, angling to get the tilt you desire.  

5. When the fairy body is dry, attach the wings by glueing/taping the wing tab in place. For our needs (we tend to really play with our toys) both glue and tape were necessary.

6. Attach  string, wire, snazzy straws, popsickle sticks, pipe cleaners…’ll want some sort of handle or cord so that you can play with the fairy or display her. 

7.  About the wands (optional, of course.):  On one of the wing pages, you’ll fine a few wand tip options, i.e. heart, teeth, star and flower.  I used a toothpick as the wand handle, rolled in glue and sandwiched between the reverse sides of a matched pair of wand tips.   Adding a scrap of ribbon as a tail makes for a charming addition.  I think you could also use straws or leftover sucker sticks as a wand handle if you don’t want to deal with pointy toothpicks?  Also, I had the idea that these fairies would look super nifty done in a fruit and veg theme… cute would a strawberry wand be with a little matching red dress and striped tights? 


P.S. These fairies are based on the fairies in a wonderful book from our library:  Easy To Read! Easy To Draw! Magical Creatures (Easy-to-Read! Easy-to-Draw!)   This is a very simple, basic how-to-draw book…no frills and not at all intimidating.