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Easy Beaded Butterfly Craft For Kids

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With spring right around the corner, what better time to enjoy butterfly crafts with your kids?

This beaded butterfly craft for kids is so much fun to make. My daughter and son absolutely enjoyed it, and I know yours will too. So go grab some beads, and let’s get started!

make your own butterfly

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Butterfly Craft for Kids Details:

Age Group: 2 – 10 years

Difficulty: Medium

Time To Complete: 20 – 30 minutes

Depending on your child’s age, they might fly through this project. Or, if they are younger, it might take even longer than the time I mentioned above.

All that matters is that they enjoy this craft, as do you!!

Supplies to Make Your Own Butterfly

The supply list for this clothespin butterfly is small. If you don’t have something on the list, feel free to substitute it for something you already have.

The best part about crafting with your kids is that you can turn anything into art.

Here’s what you’ll need to complete these clothespin butterflies:

How to Create a Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterfly

Are you ready to create your own beaded clothespin butterfly? Have your child go gather supplies, and let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather your supplies for your clothespin butterfly

When gathering supplies, here are a few things to keep in mind.

The larger clothespins work much better for this craft butterfly than the smaller clothespins. Also, the color of your pipe cleaner doesn’t really matter, as beads will hide it. =)

how to make a butterfly with pipe cleaners

Step 2: Decorate your clothespin

Do you have glitter on hand? If so, this is the perfect time to put it to use. First, cover your clothespin with glue. Any type of glue will work, but tacky glue works best.

Next, sprinkle enough glitter on your clothespin until it’s completely covered. Let it dry for a few minutes, then dump the remaining glitter into the bottle.

clothespin butterfly

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Step 3: Add beads to each pipe cleaner

You will need three pipe cleaners for this project. Two will be used for the butterfly’s wings, and the third will be used as the antenna.

Add beads to two of the pipe cleaners. You can do patterns, the same colored beads, or add beads as you grab them.

beaded clothespin butterfly

Step 4: Time to make the wings

When you add beads to both pipe cleaners, you’ll want to make sure that you leave an inch of room at the end.

Then tie off each end, similar to the picture below. Then create room at both the top and bottom of the circle. You will then twist your circle to create wings.

Remember, you want to have some room left without beads in the middle so that they will fit in the clothespin.

The image below is just one pipe cleaner. You’ll need to do this twice with both pipe cleaners.

clothespin butterflies

Step 5: Assemble your butterfly

Now it’s time to assemble your butterfly craft! Open the clothespin and place both sets of wings inside the front of the clothespin.

There will be a spot for both pipe cleaners to sit. I didn’t glue anything, and they stayed together perfectly. However, feel free to glue them if you’d like.

butterfly clothespin craft

Step 6: Add the antenna

To finish off your beaded butterfly craft, add antennas. Begin by cutting your last pipe cleaner to size (3-4 inches). Then create a V shape, adding a single bead on both ends.

Lastly, place the antenna into the mouth of the clothespin. There you have your finished butterfly craft for kids!

If you want, you can then place a magnet on the bottom and stick them to your fridge. Or place your beaded butterfly on your window sill.

butterfly craft for toddlers

Must read butterfly books

There are so many benefits to reading aloud to kids. Let’s keep the fun going with these fun reads! 

Monarch Butterfly

Follow the transformation of the monarch butterfly. From a tiny egg to a beautiful butterfly!

Hello Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story

Follow this cute story of a monarch butterfly!

Summary- How to Make a Beaded Butterfly

Who knew crafts could be so easy and fun? Crafting with kids is an excellent way to bond, get creative, and have a blast. Not only can you help children take pride in their crafts, but the results can be beautiful.

Who knows what lasting memories you can create today with this fun beaded butterfly craft!

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butterfly make with clothespins

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