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How to Make Butterflies Using My Baby's Washcloths

Recreate butterflies with infant washcloths.
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Whether decorating your infant's room with pastel bugs and insects or creating an original display for guest table centerpieces at a friend's baby shower, constructing butterflies made from infant washcloths is an appropriate option. Use a variety of colors and position them on tables or attach a piece of translucent string to the center to hang from a removable hook on the ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Rubber Band
  • Ribbon
  • Infant Washcloth

Lay a square, infant-sized washcloth on your work surface and fold it in half. Reposition the folded cloth so that one short end is facing you.

Fan-fold the folded washcloth back and forth until you have reached the end of the washcloth. Secure the center of the fan-folded cloth by stretching a rubber band over it.

Cut a 3-inch piece of ribbon, wrap it around the center rubber band to hide it and secure the ribbon ends together with a small dab of hot glue. This section resembles the butterfly body while the washcloth appears as wings.

Cut another 2-inch piece of ribbon in the same color, fold it into a "V" shape and secure the fold with a small dab of hot glue. Under the fold, place another dab of hot glue and secure the V ribbon to one side of the piece of ribbon in the center of the washcloth to appear as butterfly antennae.


  • In lieu of the ribbon body and antennae, curling ribbon and a craft pom pom can be substituted.


  • Do not get glue on the infant washcloth so use the hot glue sparingly.

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