- Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Miniature Sprint-Style Clothespins
- Tissue Paper
- Small Wiggle Eyes
- Craft Glue
- Chenille Stem
- Yarn or Very Thin Ribbon
- Paint Brush
Start out by painting both sides of the clothespin black or brown. Set it aside to dry.
Cut three 4-inch squares out of tissue paper. You can use 3 different colors of tissue paper, the same color for all three squares, or multi-colored tissue paper. These will be the butterfly's wings.
Once your clothespin is dry, you need to add the wings. Lay all 3 pieces of tissue paper together and then pinch them in the center to look like a bow tie (figure 1). With a little bit of glue, attached the part of the tissue paper your pinched together to the clothespin. Glue it inside the half of the clothespin you squeeze, just below the spring. If you want, you can help hold it in place with a little bit of tape. This will hold the wings in place until the glue dries (figure 2).
Use the chenille stem to make the antenna. Cut a piece of thin chenille stem about 3-inches long. String this through one of the gaps in the top part of the clothespin (the part that pinches). Twist each side tightly around the other to hold it in place and shape the antenna the way you want it (figure 3). Trim if necessary. Glue on the wiggle eyes just above the chenille stem.
To complete your project, cut a length or yarn or ribbon to fit around your neck and tie the 2 ends together. Clip the butterfly onto the center of the yarn or ribbon (figure 4) and then slip it over your head.