Touches of watercolor paint turn white baking cups into fluttering butterflies that make a great springtime craft.

January 26, 2019

With a few folds, trims and pinches, this butterfly comes to life! We love this simple craft for kids. We used watercolor on the wings, but you can also use markers or other coloring materials. You could even decorate your butterflies with stickers! Glue a magnet to the back, then use it to hang photos and artwork on the fridge. Use extra cupcake liners to make a matching DIY flower crown.

What You Need:

  • Baking cups: white
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Watercolor paint
  • All-purpose glue
  • Mini clothespin: yellow
  • Twine

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these easy directions for a fun afternoon craft. This is a great babysitter craft for kids working on their scissor skills.

Step 1: Fold and cut

Fold four baking cups in half, then in half again. For younger kids, draw a scalloped line with a pencil, then have them cut each baking cup into rounded edges.

Step 2: Paint the wings

Dampen a foam paintbrush before dipping into watercolor pigments. Paint the edges of each wing using watercolor paint, or grab a marker and get coloring! You can use glitter and glue, markers, stickers, and more to make each butterfly unique.

Step 3: Build a butterfly

Overlap two wings so the scallops are staggered and don't line up exactly. Glue the wings together and repeat with the remaining pair of wings.

Hold the wings together at the inner folds using a clothespin. Cut a single piece of twine for antennae, and insert it into the clothespin above the wings. Bonus points if you color the clothespin, too!


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