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How to Make a Moving Butterfly

Make your butterfly as elaborate or as simple as you want.
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There are many ways to transform a visually appealing butterfly into a moving craft. This project can be accomplished using tissue paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils or paint. Let your creativity fly as your create your colorful butterfly. Your butterfly will only need a few minor technical adjustments to make it go from a 2D piece of colored paper to a 3D piece of flying art.

Things You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • 2 2-Inch Strings
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
  • Butterfly Craft

Create your butterfly. Using a variety of arts and crafts supplies, let your creativity set the limit. Create the wings and the body on separate pieces of paper for a total of three separate pieces.

Cut out both wings and the body of your butterfly. Wait until the picture is completely dry before cutting.

Punch a hole in the middle of the butterfly's body and on the inside part of each wing.

Attach the body to the left wing using a 2-inch piece of string. The string should be threaded through each punched hole and hang loosely. Make sure the knot is secure.

Attach the body to the right wing using the remaining 2-inch piece of string. The string should be threaded through each punched hole. Both wings are now securely attached to the body.

Punch a hole in the tip of each butterfly wing. When choosing a place, remember that the hole must be close to the edge, and pipe cleaners will go through this hole to enable the butterfly to move.

Put a pipe cleaner through the hole in the tip of the butterfly wing. Pull the end of the pipe cleaner up and around the edge of the wing. Twist both ends together. Done correctly, this will secure the pipe cleaner as a handle for the butterfly wing. Repeat with the remaining wing.


Allow yourself flexibility when creating this moving butterfly. Feel free to substitute items in and out depending on the crafts you have on hand. The basic principle will remain the same.

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