There may be just under three weeks left of it, but where live it is still officially Spring so I’m squeezing in a butterfly craft before it’s too late! Not that you only see butterflies in the Spring, we get them all year round but there are more to be seen at this time of year for sure. This is a simple craft using common materials that many people would have in the cupboard at home and a ‘god’s eye’ inspired technique to create the wings. If you don’t think you know what I’m talking about you’d probably recognise a God’s Eye stick weave if you saw it, it’s one of those classic crafts that everybody made back in the day as kids. Here is a lovely example from Art Bar. This is how we made our butterfly version…
You will need
• Craft sticks standard size – 2 per butterfly
• Pipe cleaners – 1 per butterfly
• Yarn in more than one colour
• Beads – 2 small and one larger one for the head per butterfly
Place your craft sticks into an uneven ‘X’ shape as shown below and wind your first colour of yarn around and around, crossing over and winding in the other direction so the yarn holds the sticks in place securely. Then you are ready to begin waving.
Wind the yarn up the sticks a bit, switching into a figure 8 pattern as soon as you get to the gap between the sticks (in the picture below you might notice that I absent mindedly forgot to begin the figure 8 weave straight away, but it doesn’t really matter. There are no hard and fast rules here). To tie the thread off mid-weaveI simply tuck it into the winding so it pokes through like in the image below. It gets packed so tightly that the loose end stays in place pretty well once you begin winding on the next colour.
Begin your next colour and commence the figure 8 weave again. Change colours as many times as you want to before you get to the end of the wing (but the wings are small so the most I changed was three), and then repeat the same pattern on the other side. Below you can see what I mean by ‘figure 8’.
For the final tie-off I made a double knot at the end of the last colour used.
To create the butterfly’s body bend in half a pipe cleaner and wind it around the centre of the ‘X’ shape and twist it as shown below, then thread two small beads onto the bottom and one larger bead onto the top.
Finally curl the top of the pipe cleaner to create two antennae, and you’re done. Easy isn’t it!
More fun butterfly craft ideas
• Create a fun paper printed butterfly using our printable template
• Make a simple glitter peg butterfly (perfect for pre-schoolers)
• Use a kitchen sponge to create paint-stamped butterflies
• Make a sparkly butterfly fridge magnet also using a kitchen sponge
• Don’t forget the classic paper plate butterflies
• Use our printable template to create a cute washi tape butterfly-shaped wand
You can also find plenty of ideas on our Seasonal Crafts board on Pinterest. Are you following us?