Re-creating real life colourful insects like butterflies with mediums such as paper, paint and watercolours are a few ideas for kids' crafts. Implementing a variety of crafting techniques for different age ranges can capture a child's imagination. You can also incorporate unwanted items into butterfly crafts, inspiring young artists to transform the items into recycled art.
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Incorporating an accordion paper fold transforms the wing shape into a three-dimensional object, giving life to the butterfly craft. Printed, textured or coloured craft paper adds surface interest. Folding a square or rectangle shaped paper up approximately ½ inch in width and then creasing along the fold line creates the first fold of the accordion folding technique. Alternating the fold pattern in ½-inch intervals completes the wing. Twist colourful pipe cleaners into a vertical shape. Glue the folded wings to the pipe cleaners to finish the paper butterfly.
The Recycled Butterfly
Transform coffee filters and Popsicle sticks into a recycled masterpiece. Paint the Popsicle sticks and let them dry. Add glitter glue for a different dimension. Bunching up the centre of the circular coffee filter automatically creates a wing. Older kids can cut two filters into a large and small shape and glue to the back of the decorated Popsicle stick. Incorporate the craft as a teaching tool to discuss the parts of the butterfly. For example, the fore- or front wing refers to the large upper wing and the hind- or back wing refers to the lower section.
Jewellery-making elements like flexible beading wire allow the kids to create a variety of wing shapes. Stringing different bead mediums like crystal, glass and wood transform the wire into lifelike butterflies. Wrapping the wire with green floral tape or using silver plated and copper beading wire adds a colourful finish to the project. Keep in mind the higher the gauge number, the thinner the wire, easing the shaping process.
Whether celebrating Mardi Gras or Halloween, children can personalise and customise a butterfly mask to express individual style. Trims like sequins, feathers and beads as well as markers, paint and glitter are a few ideas to decorate the mask. Parents can print out butterfly templates as a guide for small children to decorate and colour. Adhere silver, copper and gold plated jewellery-making wire to the butterfly to transform the art into a hand-held mask.
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