25 Beautiful Butterfly Crafts for Kids of all Ages

There's always something magical about seeing butterflies flutter through the air—particularly when one lands right on you! Unfortunately, the butterfly season never lasts long enough for us, so we've decided to compile a fantastic list of Butterfly Crafts so we can enjoy them all year long.

Butterfly crafts

Whether you're looking for a beautiful butterfly craft for spring or summer or are looking for a project to incorporate with a unit study, we've got you covered. Make butterfly magnets, clips, sponges, cards, crystals, and so much more. With 25 choices, you'll find several must-do activities in the list below. Check out our caterpillar crafts for kids too! 

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Butterfly Crafts from Messy Little Monster

We love butterflies here at MLM, and we've got quite a few easy and creative butterfly crafts for you to choose from. Butterfly masks, ring dishes, magnets, and snack bags are just a few of the crafty things we've come up with.

butterfly kids crafts

Butterfly Mask

Use our free template to make beautiful, vivid Butterfly Masks. If you're throwing a butterfly party, these masks would be fantastic for a party craft or as party favours if you make them ahead of time.

Butterfly mask craft

Toilet Roll Handprint Butterfly

Save a few toilet paper rolls to make these bright pink Toilet Roll Handprint Butterflies. Of course, you can paint them whatever colour you like. The best part of these butterflies is your child's cute little handprints making up the wings.

toilet roll handprint butterfly craft

Butterfly Paper Craft

Make butterflies in all sorts of colours to decorate for spring or summer. Our Butterfly Paper Craft comes with printable templates, and you can use whatever colour of paper you like. String them together to make a butterfly banner or add a magnet to the back to decorate the fridge.

Butterfly paper craft

Clay Footprint Butterfly Ring Dish

A ring dish makes a beautiful gift, especially our keepsake Butterfly Ring Dish. It's a wonderful way to memorialise those little footprints when you have a baby or toddler.

Butterfly ring dish craft

Rainbow Footprint Butterfly

Bring a little colour to your day with this adorable Rainbow Footprint Butterfly. It's a fun craft to go along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, or you can do it as just a fun spring or summer craft.

footprint butterfly craft

Salt Dough Butterfly Magnets

How pretty will these Salt Dough Butterfly Magnets look on your fridge or filing cabinet? The fingerprints on the wings will make you think of your little ones every time you look at them.

salt dough butterfly craft

Butterfly Snack Bags

Who doesn't love a yummy snack and a craft at the same time? That's what you'll get when you make our Butterfly Snack Bags. Put your child's favourite snacks in the bags before clipping them in the middle to create wings. Cereal, crackers, candy, or grapes are all excellent choices.

butterfly snack bag craft

Butterfly Craft for Kids

We love painting and dyeing coffee filters, especially when we use them to make things like these colourful Coffee Filter Butterflies.

coffee filter butterfly craft

Footprint Butterfly Clay Pot Craft

How cute is this Footprint Butterfly Clay Pot Craft!? We made this using tiny baby feet, but get a larger pot and it works well for toddlers and preschoolers too. 

Footprint butterfly clay pot craft

Stages of a Butterfly Craft

Use our Butterfly Life Cycle to learn all about how caterpillars become butterflies. This simplified life cycle activity is perfect for preschoolers, but big kids will enjoy it, too.

butterfly life cycle craft

Butterfly Life Cycle Craft

Here is another butterfly life cycle craft for kids, this time using a paper plate and pasta. 

life cycle butterfly craft for kids

More Cute Butterfly Crafts

If you just can't get enough butterflies and need even more crafts to keep the kids entertained, try one of these butterfly crafts from some creative bloggers around the web.

Melted Crayon Butterflies

Recycle old, broken crayons with these gorgeous Melted Crayon Butterflies from Barley and Birch. You can freehand the butterfly shapes or use stencils or cookie cutters to shape and cut them. These butterflies are made on muslin scraps, but any old white or light neutral fabric will do.

melted crayon butterfly craft

Paper Plate Butterflies

Use floral paper plates to make these stunning Paper Plate Butterflies from Design Improvised. The wings are covered in beautiful patterns from the prints on the plates, while the butterflies' bodies are made with craft sticks, pom-poms, and pipe cleaner antennae.

paper plate butterfly craft

Paper Bag Butterfly Craft

Paper bag puppets are great projects for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Turn an everyday paper bag into a beautiful butterfly with the Paper Bag Butterfly Craft tutorial and printable from Simple Everyday Mom. It's so easy to put together.

paper bag butterfly craft

Butterfly Craft Ring

Kids love wearing jewellery, so what could be more fun than making your own? This Butterfly Ring from Fantastic Fun and Learning is colourful and charming and looks so cute perched on your little one's finger. It's an easy way to pretend to fly the butterflies around. Just lift your hand in the air, running and jumping as you go.

Butterfly ring craft

Paper Plate Fluttering Butterfly Craft

Watch as the butterfly flies back and forth over the pretty flowers. It's mesmerising! This Paper Plate Fluttering Butterfly Craft from I Heart Crafty Things is a fun, interactive project for spring and summer.

paper plate butterfly craft

Sponge Butterfly Craft

With a little creativity and a whole lot of sparkle, you can turn an ordinary sponge into a beautiful butterfly! Kids will love picking out the sparkly decorations for the wings on these Sponge Butterflies from The Craft Train.

sponge butterfly craft

Line of Symmetry Butterfly Craft

Have you ever noticed the beautiful symmetry often found in nature? It's true of butterfly wings—they're almost always symmetrical because the wing patterns are coded in their DNA. This Line of Symmetry Butterfly Craft from A Dab of Glue Will Do is a simple and visual way to explain that phenomenon.

line of symmetry butterfly craft

3D Butterfly Card

The butterflies on this 3D Butterfly Card from Projects with Kids look like they're going to fly right off the page. This card is fantastic for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or spring/summer birthdays.

3d butterfly craft

Clothespin Butterfly Magnets

We can't get over how adorable these Clothespin Butterfly Magnets from The Inspiration Edit are! The body and head are made with pom-poms, while the wings are loop-shaped pipe cleaners. They're so cute and colourful.

clothespin butterfly craft

Cupcake Liner Butterfly Puppets

Playing with puppets encourages kids to use their imaginations and storytelling skills. This Cupcake Liner Butterfly Puppet from Crafts by Ria is an excellent example. Kids can retell their favourite butterfly-themed stories while they fly their butterflies around on their sticks.

cupcake line butterfly craft

3D Paper Butterfly Craft

If you're looking for a super simple project to do with your toddlers or preschoolers, you've found it with this 3D Paper Butterfly Craft from Non-Toy Gifts. It's as simple as printing, cutting, and gluing it together—perfect for little ones with a short attention span.

3d butterfly paper craft

Smash-Painted Butterfly Card

Smash painting is a fun process art activity that little kids can really get into. It can get a bit messy, but that's part of the fun, isn't it? Use the smash-painting technique on the wings of this gorgeous Butterfly Card from I Heart Crafty Things. The printable template makes it easy to assemble.

painted butterfly card craft

Handprint Butterfly Craft

Make this Handprint Butterfly Craft by Simple Everyday Mom to turn your child's handprints into a treasured keepsake for the scrapbook or memory box. It's an easy craft for making at home or in the classroom, though younger children may need assistance in cutting out the shape of their handprints.

handprint butterfly craft

Sponge-Printed Butterflies

Printing and stamping make it easy for toddlers and preschoolers to make something pretty in no time. For this craft, you'll use sponges for this Butterfly Printing activity from The Craft Train. If you'd like, get out a big sheet of craft paper and make your own butterfly-printed wrapping paper for spring and summer birthdays.

butterfly printing craft

Yarn-Wrapped Butterfly Craft

Practice fine motor skills with this Yarn-Wrapped Butterfly Craft. The tutorial from Kids' Craft Room also includes instructions for a yarn-wrapped caterpillar. This is a wonderful calming activity for kids during quiet time.

yarn butterfly craft

Paper Butterfly Craft

This Paper Butterfly Craft from Artsy Craftsy Mom is perfect for kids who are becoming a little more proficient with their scissor work. Since there are quite a few pieces to cut out, you may need to help your preschooler by cutting the pieces in advance and only allowing your child to do the assembly.

butterfly paper craft

Crystal Butterfly Craft

Kids almost always get excited about growing their own crystals. For this Crystal Butterfly Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning, you'll be growing crystals on pipe cleaners shaped into butterflies. Take them outside when your crystals are finished growing. They'll look so lovely sparkling in the sunshine.

crystal butterfly craft

 We hope you have a wonderful time making the projects in this list of Butterfly Crafts. Enjoy!

Butterfly crafts for kids

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