Butterfly Garden Art

Dress up your yard with this kid-pleasing project.


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Brighten Your Garden

    Few creatures are as magical as butterflies. Entice kids to learn about these alluring flower pollinators with a simple craft project from the pages of Country Gardens magazine.

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Butterfly Plant Stakes

    Use these hand-painted butterfly stakes to mark plants that butterflies find especially attractive. Place them in pots on the patio or out in your flower garden. A few simple supplies and a little time are all it takes.

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Start with Wood Cutouts

    Start with wood butterfly cutouts from a craft store. The ones shown here are about 4 inches across and 3 inches tall. Spray-paint one side of the cutouts with a base color and allow to dry; repeat on the opposite side. While the cutouts are drying, paint an equal number of slender wooden stakes. Choosing a medium or dark green will help the stakes blend in with the greenery.

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Paint the Patterns

    Decorate the cutouts with puff paint, available at craft stores. To teach kids about the variety of butterflies, have a book on hand that shows different species. The kids can paint their cutouts to match their favorite wing patterns, or they can create their own designs.

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Add Some Antennae

    To form antennae, coil the ends of pipe cleaners (also called chenille stems), then attach them to the cutouts using a hot glue gun. (This step is best left to adults or older children.) Finally, attach the stakes to the cutouts, also using the hot glue gun.

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Using Prepainted Cutouts

    If time is tight or your kids are very young, consider purchasing prepainted butterfly cutouts at a garden shop or craft store. You can still have the fun of placing the cutouts to remind your youngster where in your garden to watch for nature's "fluttering flowers."

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