Did you have a kaleidoscope when you were a kid? Wasn't it fun to watch the patterns and designs as they changed? We used the kaleidoscope as inspiration for our butterfly craft.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Paper Towel Tube
  • Glue
  • Single Hole Paper Punch
  • Pipe Cleaner

Create it!

Step 1: Cut four triangles from cardboard. Paint each triangle black and allow to dry.

Step 2: Arrange all triangles so one point is touching and glue together.

Step 3: Cut shapes from colored cardstock or painted cardboard. Glue the pieces on to each painted triangle.

Step 4: Paint a paper towel tube and allow to dry. We wanted our tube to be more narrow so we gently pulled it apart, wound the edges and glued them at each end.

Step 5: Punch two holes in the top of the paper towel tube.

Step 6: Attach pipe cleaner into the two holes and bend and/or curl the ends for the antennae.

Step 7: Glue the paper towel tube to the butterfly wings.


Introduce or discuss the concept of symmetry as your little one makes the wings. Or, pull out the kaleidoscope and search for designs for the butterfly! A final variation idea - make two wings and have your little make two wings for a truly collaborative effort!