How to Make a Butterfly Antenna

By Jonra Springs ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Large craft beads
  • Headband or tiara
  • Clear tape or duct tape
The antennae top off the butterfly.

The antennae put the finishing touch on any butterfly craft or butterfly costume. The basic necessities for a homemade butterfly antenna are a stiff shaft that will protrude and hold its position and something decorative at the end to catch the eyes of all who look upon the craft or costume. You can use bright colors and shiny decorations to make them especially noticeable.

Cut colored pipe cleaners with scissors to a selected length for your butterfly antennae, depending on the size of the butterfly for a craft or costume. Use full-length pipe cleaners for a butterfly costume or large butterfly craft. Smaller antennae will be appropriate for smaller crafts. Twist two different colors of pipe cleaners together for a striped effect.

Put large craft beads over the ends of both homemade butterfly antennae. Push the pipe cleaner ends through the bead holes and twist the wire around the beads to hold them in place. Curl the ends into spirals.

Wrap the other ends of the pipe cleaners around a headband or tiara for a butterfly costume. Tape the ends to the back of the headband or tiara with duct tape. Bend the ends and place them on the head of a butterfly craft. Use clear tape to secure the ends to a craft project.

About the Author

Jonra Springs began writing in 1989. He writes fiction for children and adults and draws on experiences in education, insurance, construction, aviation mechanics and entertainment to create content for various websites. Springs studied liberal arts and computer science at the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.