Spring is here! As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, our little ones (and us parents too!) are becoming fascinated with the new life springing up in our neighborhoods. Though the celebration of spring is feeling a bit different this year, we’re trying to spend some time outside admiring the new flowers, foliage, and of course, butterflies! 

To celebrate spring, we’re sharing a quick and easy craft. Teach your little one about the different parts of a butterfly and let their creativity bloom as they create their own version! 

Need a quick refresher on butterflies? We found this tutorial from the San Diego Zoo extremely helpful!

Materials needed

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper egg carton
  • Non-toxic paints or markers
  • Glue

Step 1

Trim your egg carton:

Start by cutting a section of an egg carton that has 4 cups. Trim off the sides so they are smoother and cut the edges so it goes inward.

Step 2

Add antenna and decorate the wings:

Take one pipe cleaner and wrap it around the bottom and twist at the top to make butterfly antennas. Choose a couple of paint colors and do rings around each egg carton cup. Add as many colors as you like! Don’t forget, butterflies have the same design on the right and left sides.

Step 3

Lay it out to dry:

Once you’re all set with your design, lay your butterfly somewhere indoors and let it dry. 

You’re all set! Take your butterfly out for an adventure in your backyard or on your next walk with your family. Take it to different flowers and think about what types of nectars it prefers. Looking to discover more art classes? Head here! Don’t forget to share your creation with us at @hellosawyer!