Paper Butterfly Craft (Free Template)

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Make this easy paper butterfly craft. Download the Free Butterfly Craft Template and make this Easy Butterfly activity for Preschoolers. Find step-by-step instructions and Simple Crafts on CraftingJeannie.com!

Paper Butterfly Craft by Crafting Jeannie
Butterflies can be sweet or cool. Use the same template for both!

This paper butterfly craft is so much fun. You can make it look cute or cool. We even used some paint to make ours look like monarch butterflies (see the pictures below).

This is an easy spring craft for preschoolers, elementary kids, classroom parties, scouts and more.

Get the Free Butterfly Craft Template below and you will be able to make enough supplies for a group of 20 kids (or more!) with about 10 minutes of cutting.

Did you know butterflies have been around for 56 million years! Check out Wikipedia for more butterfly facts.

Improving Fine Motor Skills

We all know that crafting is super fun, but it’s also great for improving fine motor skills. As your little cut-out shapes, and draw on faces, not only will they get to express their creativity, but they will also get some fine motor practice.

Monarch Butterfly craft by Crafting Jeannie
Use Orange and Black paper to make a Monarch Butterfly Craft

Watch the Preschool Butterfly Craft Video to do this Bug Craft for Preschoolers.

Step 1: Download and Print the Free

Here’s What You Need

Here’s your paper butterfly craft supply list (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):

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Make this Beautiful Butterfly Activity for Preschoolers while reading these Fun Books:

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Step 1: Download and Print the Free Butterfly Craft Template

Download the Free Butterfly Craft Template. The PDF file contains everything you need to make lots of paper butterflies.

Butterfly Craft Template by Crafting Jeannie
The PDF makes it easy to cut out the butterfly shapes.

Step 2: Cut Out the Butterfly Craft Shapes

Print the free butterfly template. You will be stapling it to colored paper and cutting out as many shapes as you need. It’s fun to use all different colors for this craft. It makes for beautiful butterflies.

butterfly craft template ready for cutting
print the butterfly templates and staple them to multiple sheets of paper before cutting

If you want to make this craft with a group of kids, you can staple the template to up to 10 sheets of copy paper, 5 sheets of cardstock or 5-8 sheets of construction paper.

So, did you know, you can staple together 10 pieces of printer paper and cut out 10 shapes at a time?! That’s my SECRET to fast & easy crafting.

Stapling the paper is very important because it makes sure it doesn’t move as you cut. The more staples the better. Cardstock is the thickest so you may only be able to cut 5 sheets at a time.

Tip: While you’re cutting, if you cut off all parts of the pages that have staples, make sure to re-staple the sheets that are left.

Whenever you’re cutting multiple sheets at a time, make sure they are always stapled together!

paper butterfly craft pieces
You can also use crafting hole punchers for the circles

Usually, when I have to cut out circles, I use crafting hole punchers and I HIGHLY recommend them.

You will need a large circle and a smaller one. You can get them at any craft store or possibly big name stores that sell craft items.

Again, make sure you’re punching holes in more than one sheet at a time! if you don’t have a hole punch, just cut out the circles by hand.

Step 3: Cut out the Paper Butterfly Antenna

I did not include the butterfly antenna in the PDF template. These are fairly easy to cut on your own.

First, stack multiple sheets of colored paper (I used the scraps from cutting out the larger shapes).

Then, just cut out small rectangles. You’ll have enough antenna in no time. Just remember, you need two antennae for each butterfly.

Step 4: How to Assemble this Simple Butterfly Craft

The kids will just need to glue it all together and make it their own!

two paper butterflies - one is pink with eyelashes the other is red with sunglasses
  1. glue the body to the butterfly wings
  2. glue circles to the wings to decorate
  3. glue the antenna behind the head
  4. use a marker to draw a face and personalize your butterflies.
  5. optional: use crayons, glitter, stickers, pipe cleaners, sequins, or other fun craft supplies to decorate your butterfly.
  6. don’t forget to put your name on the back

And you’re finished!

This is an easy butterfly craft for kids of all ages. It’s easy enough for preschool, elementary, Scouts or just a fun craft at home idea. Have fun making your butterflies!

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As always, I try to make my crafts fast, easy & inexpensive. Enjoy! 

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    4 thoughts on “Paper Butterfly Craft (Free Template)”

    1. My granddaughters enjoyed making your butterflies. We colored some wings rainbows and did an orange and back “monarch” after our trip to the butterfly garden at the conservatory.

      1. Hi Elaine, I just stacked up the left over scrap paper and cut out a bunch of small rectangles. You could also use pipe cleaners cut in half. Let me know if you have any other questions. ~Jeannie

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