This is quite an easy craft to do, and one that both parents and little ones will enjoy.
Tissue paper offers so many possibilities – such as creating these amazing candle jars and these tissue paper butterflies are another great little craft activity.
We made ours some time ago and our butterflies are still displayed on the doors leading to our conservatory. The colourful spots of tissue paper act like stained glass, letting the light through and giving a darker room a merry feeling.
You can also make different shapes – butterflies, hearts or more traditional stained-glass like windows. The brightly coloured pieces will look great glued back against a darker coloured shape of paper.
What you will need:
- Plain paper for template (optional)
- Child-friendly scissors
- Dark shade A3 black paper – black, dark blue or navy will do
- White ink pen
- Coloured tissue paper
- PVA Glue
- Pipe cleaners
- Optional – a cat that will try to destroy all your pipe cleaners and wake you up at night playing with them (even if you’ve done your best to hide them!)
Step one: create the butterfly template
Depending on your abilities or mood, you can skip this step and draw freely on the cardboard paper.
We just drew a very simple butterfly with two larger wings and two smaller ones placed underneath.
You can draw other shapes too, such as hearts, or even a window shape. Place your template on the piece of black paper and draw around it using the white pencil (this is to make the butterfly shape easier to see)
Step two: cut out your butterfly
Use the scissors to cut out the butterfly shape. If you are making more than one butterfly, you may want to try cutting out all the shapes at once before cutting the holes and sticking the tissue paper. We enjoyed drawing them individually and cutting them separately, as some butterflies were smaller and some were bigger.
Step three: draw shapes
Using the white pencil, draw rounded shapes on the back of the black paper. Use scissors to carefully cut out the shapes which will form the holes for the tissue paper. We drew various round and oval shapes of different sizes.
Step four: Finishing
Cut out piece of tissue paper that are just slightly bigger than the openings you created in step three. Glue them to the back of the butterfly shape. Use only a tiny amount of glue as too much will cause the tissue paper to get wet and tear. Finish the butterfly with two pipe cleaner antennae attached with bobs of glue or with tape.
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