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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.
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.
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.
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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