Do you need something to get you into the Spring mood? These stand alone butterflies will make you “think Spring.” Any class could make these, if they’re precise with the scissors. The antennae and legs might be a bit difficult for the lower grades. I suggest this as a 4th grade or older project. Choose between the already printed butterfly or design your own with the blank version.
- Colored construction paper
- Butterfly body and wings (Pattern)
- Butterfly, design your own (Pattern)
- Butterfly wings (Pattern)
- Colors or colored markers or pencils
- Glue dots
- Clear nail polish
- Assorted colors of glitter
- Design and color the wings and body of the butterfly blank or color the printed butterfly body and wings. Decorate and color the back wings if desired.
- Carefully cut out the butterfly and wings.
- Place two glue dots on the back side of the bee body, about an inch below the head. Lay the glue dotted butterfly over the back wings matching up the top of the wings, and press the two pieces together.
- Leaving about an inch down the middle between folds, fold the wings toward the back, on the back wing piece.
- On the butterfly front piece, make folds to the front, on either side of the body.
- Fold the legs to the front. The butterfly will stand on its own now.
- With the clear nail polish, brush polish over some of the dots on the butterfly wings and sprinkle with glitter.
- Optional: When we did this project in class, the teacher asked for them to be hung. So we taped a piece of ribbon to the back of the butterfly before adding the glue dots.