Welcome in Spring or encourage some imaginative play with this butterfly craft made from paper plates.
They would be perfect to couple with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Or perhaps you could make a gazillion of them and string them up as a garland or as a mobile?
You will need:
Paper plates (We had some fancy paper plates left over from a party- but plain paper plates will do just fine!)
Paint / Crayons/ Markers
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Paint the rim of your plate in your favourite colour. (If you have plain white plates, you might also like to paint the other side of the rim in a second colour.)
Of course if the idea of painting gives you the heebie-jeebies, you could choose to colour the rim with coloured markers or crayons instead. Paint or colour the middle section of your paint black.
Once the paint has dried, you need to cut out the inner part of the plate whilst leaving the rim intact. The rim will become the butterfly’s wings. Use the black painted section to create a thorax. If you like, you could decorate the thorax with washi tape or sequins.
Fold the rim in half. Then fold it in half again. Pinch down on the bottom fold and push the outer half towards the middle to create an upper and lower wing. Repeat on the other side and staple these parts together in the middle.
I painted craft glue onto the edge of the wings. Place tissue paper over the edges and allow the glue to dry. Once dried, trim the excess tissue paper away.
If you wish to turn your paper plate butterflies into puppets or a mobile, wrap a chenille stick around the middle of the wings. You could also use jewellery wire. I tape the thorax to the middle of the wings.
Your butterfly craft is now ready to flutter through the skies.
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