Fluttering Paper Butterfly Craft - Butterfly Template Included

Let's fly away and celebrate spring with this adorable Fluttering Paper Butterfly Craft! You don't want to miss this fun and eye-catching butterfly craft made with colourful paper, markers, googly eyes, and glue! We have even included a simple butterfly template to make it super easy to make.

Fluttering paper butterfly craft - butterfly template included.


Our Flapping butterfly craft is made from heart shapes and surrounded by hearts which makes it a perfect Valentine's Day present for family and friends or the cutest Mother's Day card. Encourage the kids to write a message or silly joke inside the butterfly wings and give this craft as a beautiful gift. 

If you're not good when it comes to drawing perfect shapes, do not stress! We've included a simple and ready to use butterfly craft template (scroll down to the bottom of this post and get it for free!) 

paper butterfly craft

If this butterfly craft has inspired you, take a look at some other butterfly crafts ideas for even more fun:

Paper Butterfly Craft - (Butterfly Template included)

Fluttering Paper Butterfly Craft  - Supplies needed:

  • Fluttering Butterfly Template
  • Cardstock - black, assorted colors
  • Small googly eyes
  • Markers - assorted colors
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Heart paper punch (optional)

paper butterfly craft supplies

Fluttering Butterfly Craft  - Directions:

STEP 1: Print out the butterfly template.

To start, the first thing you have to do is to scroll down to the bottom of the directions and get our free butterfly craft template. Print it out and cut out each shape. 

STEP 2: Make a paper butterfly.

Take the shapes from the butterfly template and trace two heart shapes onto the coloured cardstock. You can use any colour of your choice. These hearts will become butterfly wings. 

To make the middle of your paper butterfly trace the small rectangle shape onto black cardstock. Fold the rectangle of black cardstock in half once and unfold it.

how to make a paper butterfly craft

Take the two heart-shaped cutouts (the butterfly wings) and using glue, attach each cutout to the folded black rectangle. Attach one cutout on each side as shown below. 

easy butterfly craft for kids

STEP 3: Create the background.

Trace around the large square template onto coloured cardstock and cut it out. You can use any clour of your choice. Then use a marker to draw a dotted line to represent where the butterfly has flown. 

paper butterfly craft background

STEP 4: Glue the paper butterfly craft to the background

You now need to glue the black rectangle with the butterfly wings onto the square where you've drawn your design.

Only add glue to the black rectangle to make sure the butterfly's wings look like they're fluttering.

paper butterfly craft directions

paper butterfly

TOP TIP: If you are planning to turn this paper butterfly craft into a card, write a message inside the first butterfly wing so that when the wing is opened your message is revealed. 

STEP 5: Add the final touches to your paper butterfly craft.

Give your fluttering butterfly a googly eye.

butterfly craft

Cut a thin strip of coloured cardstock and attach it as an antenna. 

adding details to butterfly craft

Finally, as an optional extra cut out tiny hearts using the template or a paper punch and glue them around the butterfly.

heart butterfly craft

heart butterfly craft for kids

Have fun trying out different colour combinations and make a few of these adorable flapping butterflies! 

paper butterfly craft for kids


To download this butterfly template for free click on the link below and add the price of $0. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you. 

paper butterfly template

We hope you have a lot of fun making these cute fluttering butterflies. It is the perfect paper butterfly craft for Spring or even Mother's Day or Valentine's Day.

Fluttering butterfly craft. Easy paper butterfly craft for kids. Butterfly template included.

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