Easy Paper Plate Butterfly Craft for Kids

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Spring is a time for new beginnings and what better way to celebrate the season than with a fun and easy craft project? In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a cute paper plate butterfly! This activity is perfect for kids of all ages and requires minimal materials, making it a great option for both parents and teachers looking for an engaging project.

pink paper plate butterfly craft

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Supplies Needed for Your Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

Before we get started, let’s make sure you have all the supplies you need for these fun paper plate butterfly craft. Don’t worry; most of the craft supplies can be easily found at your local craft store or even in your own home.

Here’s what you’ll need for this butterfly craft:

How to Make a Butterfly from Paper Plates

First, gather all the necessary materials listed above. Make sure you have enough paper plates for each child participating in the activity. Once you have everything ready, let’s begin creating your beautiful paper plate butterfly!

Step 1: Cut the Paper Plate in Half

What I love most about this butterfly craft is a butterfly template is not needed. Simply put your paper plate in half. Then, cut the paper plate’s inside edges to resemble the image below! This will create the wings for your butterfly.

paper plate cut in half

Step 2: Paint Your Butterfly Craft

Now it’s time to paint! Use pink paint to cover the entire paper plate. You can also have fun and use different colors if you’d like. Let your child’s creativity shine through! When you are done painting, set your paper plates off to the side to dry.

Once the paint is dry, you can add some details with markers or glitter.

painted paper plate pink

Step 3: Wrap Popsicle Stick in Yarn

Next, grab an ice cream stick and your favorite color yarn. Start by wrapping the yarn around the stick and securing it with a knot at one end. Then, continue wrapping until you reach the other end of the stick. This will be your butterfly’s body.

If you don’t have yarn on hand, a great alternative would be to use pipe cleaners.

yarn wrapping popsicle stick

Step 4: Assemble Your Colorful Butterfly Craft

Now it’s time to put all your pieces together! Start by gluing the paper plate wings onto the craft stick body. Grab some pom poms and attach them to your beautiful paper plate butterfly wings. You can also add some googly eyes, draw a cute face with markers, or add glitter to your butterfly wings.

assembling paper plate butterfly

Step 5: Finished Butterfly Craft

Here is the finished paper plate butterfly! Once everything is dry, your child can hang their colorful butterfly craft on their wall or use it as a decoration for their room. This craft is not only fun and easy to make, but it also helps develop fine motor skills and encourages creativity.

You can even turn this into a learning activity by discussing the life cycle of a butterfly and how they use their wings to fly. Also, make sure to check out our life cycle of a butterfly craft!

paper plate butterfly

Why stop at just one butterfly? You can make a whole flock of them in different colors and sizes. Use different-colored paint, add pipe cleaner antennas, or even use tissue paper instead of pom poms for the wings. The possibilities are endless!

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Extension Ideas for This Paper Plate Butterfly Craft for Kids

Are you looking for some fun and creative extension ideas to accompany your butterfly craft? Look no further! Kidz Craft Corner has got you covered with these exciting and educational suggestions.

– Have your child draw and color their own butterfly design on the paper plate before cutting and assembling.

– Create a butterfly mobile by hanging multiple butterflies from a hanger or string.

– Learn about different types of butterflies and their unique patterns. Have your child try to recreate these patterns on their paper plate butterfly.

– Talk about how butterfly wings are symmetrical and have your child try to make their butterfly as symmetrical as possible.

Paper Plate Butterflies – Summary

This paper plate butterfly craft just screams spring and is a great activity for kids. They will love making their own colorful butterfly and can even hang it up as decoration in their room. Plus, it’s a fun way to get them involved in crafting and using their imagination. So, the next time you’re looking for a fun and easy craft to do, give this paper plate butterfly a try.

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butterfly craft

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