Tissue Paper Butterflies

Activity for ages 4 to 8.

The sun is shining, thermometers are climbing and that can only mean one thing… spring is on its way.  This spring-themed butterfly craft project can easily be modified for preschoolers to second graders and is a perfect compliment to our popular bugs and butterflies math and literacy unit.

Spring Craft for Kids: Tissue Paper Butterflies {Playdough to Plato}

Getting Ready

Before asking my daughter to join me, I gathered my supplies:

    • Various colors of tissue papers cut into 2 inch squares
    • 12″ x 18″ black construction paper
    • 12″ x 18″ white construction paper
    • A pencil {a white crayon would work well too}
    • Scissors
    • White glue
    • Watercolor paintbrush {or any soft brush}

I folded the black construction paper in half and then used my pencil to draw one half of a butterfly. Keeping the paper  folded, I cut it out to make a butterfly frame. {Older kids could do this step on their own.}

Spring Craft for Kids: Tissue Paper Butterflies {Playdough to Plato}I placed the tissue paper squares on a tray and poured a glob of white glue into a bowl. I watered the glue down to a 2:1 glue to water ratio so that it would spread easily.


Creating the Butterflies

Since we had been talking about Spring and the life cycle of a butterfly, I told my daughter that we were going to  create a butterfly craft.

Starting in the center of her white paper, my daughter used her paintbrush to spread out a large area of glue. She chose a piece of tissue paper and stuck it on top. Then she used soft, downward strokes to glue on top of the tissue paper to press it down.

My daughter eagerly picked out her next square and overlapped it on top of the first one. Overlapping made the colors blend through the tissue paper and ensured that no white would show through.

Spring Craft for Kids: Tissue Paper Butterflies {Playdough to Plato}

I love collages because anything goes. It doesn’t have to be precise. 

Once my daughter got the hang of it and could visualize how much glue to put on, the process went fast. When she was finished, I spread glue onto the black frame and pasted it on her collage.

Spring Craft for Kids: Tissue Paper Butterflies {Playdough to Plato}

When the glue dried, I cut it out. She loved the colors she chose and was eager to hang it up.

Spring Craft for Kids: Tissue Paper Butterflies {Playdough to Plato}

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  1. vrittika

    i have done an art homework like this but with different colours and designs

  2. Mariya

    Where did you find such useful green tray? Thanks.


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