Paper Towel Butterflies {Craft Camp}

    Posted by  ·  June 17, 2011

    I am excited to be offering 30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers! Please be sure to pay them a visit!

    Hi, I’m Ashley from Make It and Love It; a blog of DIY sewing, crafting, decorating, gift giving ideas, etc. You know, all the fun stuff. I have 3 kids and they randomly inspire me to create projects around them……such as this one today, which is perfect for even those little fingers.

    And not only is the process fun…….playing with them afterwards is thrilling!

    To make your own butterflies, gather some plain white paper towels, food coloring, and pipe cleaners.

    Mix your food coloring with water in separate bowls.

    Now, fold your paper towel in half, in half again, another time, then one more time…….into sixteenths. Allow your child (assisted if necessary……thanks daddy!) to dip each corner of the folded paper towel into the colored water of their choosing.

    (Don’t dip the paper towel in too deep or for too long. Leaving part of the paper towel white in some spots also helps with the coloring and outcome. Let the kids experiment.)

    Let the excess water drip back into the bowls after dipping each color, then open up the paper towel and lay flat to dry.

    Once each paper towel is dry…….gather along the center of each paper towel, wrap a pipe cleaner around the center, twist it off, even out the wings, flatten the body, and then curl the antenna’s.

    Nice and simple.

    Now, hang from the ceiling with some string, pin to the wall, perch on a desk……….

    ………or just allow them to flit around the room.

    Such a simple project to help keep those little fingers and minds busy this summer.


    Thanks again Cindy for inviting me over!


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    2. Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
      These are just adorable! I'm going to make them with my grandson when he comes over this weekend. How fun and just in time for spring... I'm sooo ready for warm weather.
    3. Leah
      Monday, March 19th, 2012
      Anyone know about how long these take to dry? I'm looking for activities to do in a Mommy & Me group with time restrictions. Thanks!
      • Monday, March 19th, 2012
        If you could set them outside I would think they would be dry enough to transport after 30 minutes.
    4. Heidi
      Saturday, July 30th, 2011
      I think these are adorable! I'm a nurse and a patient of mine's granddaughter made her these for her to hand around her ICU room as we don't allow flowers. It definitely brightened things up, they were the first thing her grandma noticed when she became more alert.

      For the body of the butterflies they used a clothes pin so that it could be clipped easily to different places.
    5. Lisa
      Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
      These can be made with coffee filters too. Cute project.
    6. Erin Kelly
      Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
      I just made these this morning with my 3 and a half year old butterfly loving daughter... they are drying as I type. She and I are so excited to see how they look hanging from her bedroom ceiling later this afternoon.

      A few things we did differently with HALF the batch of butterflies: 1. we used folded up coffee filters. We like the rounded shape that gives when folded in half, it's a more natural butterfly. 2. after a quick dip in the diluted colors, we ran some food coloring right around the edges straight from the bottle. So bright!

      Thanks for posting the tute -- I <3 following this blog! You are so inspirational :D THANKS!
    7. Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
      great project -- simple, but pretty, made from things that you already have on hand. and very well photographed!
    8. Delia
      Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
      Love it! I will be making these with my kids, thanks!!!
    9. Saturday, June 18th, 2011
      These are adorable!
    10. Friday, June 17th, 2011
      What a great summer-time activity! Love it.

      Sharing a link to this with my FB readers.
    11. Friday, June 17th, 2011
      Oh this one is just fabulous! Love it!
    12. Friday, June 17th, 2011
      these are too cute! love the colors! =)