Craft of the month: Clothespin Butterflies

. May 15, 2017.

It wouldn’t be spring without making at least one butterfly craft with the kids. These bright, cheery butterflies are a perfect decoration and also a great way to help your children use their imagination. The best thing about these flying friends is you can use whatever you have around the house!


  • Clothespin
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Wing Supplies:

  • Cupcake liners
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tulle

Optional Supplies:

  • Pom Poms
  • Jewels
  • Glitter
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • craft-butterfly


  • Decorate one side of the clothespin any way you would like (decorative paper, paint, marker, jewels, pom poms, etc.) to create the body of the butterfly.
  • Cut pipe cleaners or craft paper to the desired length for antennas. Open up the clothespin and glue to the inside.
  • Glue on googly eyes or draw eyes with a maker. Add a smile.
  • Decide on any variation of wings. Open up the clothespin and glue the wings to the inside (as close to the spring in the clothespin as possible).
  • Cupcake liners: Fold in half to the desired width and duplicate for the other wing.
    Ribbon: Make several loops, holding the ends together, and glue the pinched ends so the loops stay intact. Again, duplicate for the second wing.
  • Paper: Cut two hearts and glue the points together.
  • Popsicle sticks: Cut sticks the desired length, overlap, and glue together.
    Tulle: Measure one piece of tulle so half the length will come out each side of the clothespin. Scrunch together in the center and glue down.
  • Decorate the wings by adding jewels, stickers, or any other embellishments your child wishes to use.