Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Valentine’s Day Butterfly

Posted on: February 12, 2011

Want to show that special someone just how much you care this Valentine’s Day?  Facebook fan and blog reader Magdalena V. suggested this adorable butterfly card!  It’s a beginner project that’s great for even the youngest sweetheart to make.  It teaches basic cutting and shape recognition skills and of course sparks a little creativity!

Things you will need:

  • Purple, pink and white construction paper
  • Googly eyes (Don’t have these? Use construction paper instead!)
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • A pen
  • Scissors

Step 1: Fold your piece of purple construction paper in half.  Draw a large heart with the pointy end facing the fold.  Add a little bit of a “tail” poking off the bottom of the heart and onto the fold as shown.  Cut it out making sure to NOT cut the fold.  When you cut out your heart and open it up it will look like two hearts connected by a strip of paper.

Step 2: Draw the rest of your pieces and cut them out.  Draw the butterfly’s body on white construction paper.  This will look like a long oval with two little paper tabs sticking off the sides at the top.  This is where you will glue the googly eyes.  Using the pink construction paper repeat step one.  This time however make sure the pink hearts are slightly smaller than the purple ones.  Additionally, cut two skinny strips to use as antennae.

Step 3: Flip the purple hearts over so they right side up.  Draw a small line of glue along the center strip connecting the two hearts.  Take the pink hearts and place them right side up on top of the purple ones  making sure they are centered.  It’s OK if the middle strips are not even.  Adjusting the paper so that the hearts are centered (as shown below) is more important. Press gently to secure.

Step 4: Put a small dot of glue on the backside of the butterfly’s body and press it into place on the wings.

Step 5: Flip the butterfly over.  Gently roll the pink paper strips around a pencil and glue them to the back of the butterfly.  These will be the antennae.

Step 6: Flip the butterfly over and glue the googly eyes to the tabs at the top of the body.

Step 7: Use some crayons to add detail to the butterfly and a pen to add the mouth.  I’ve added stripes and dots.

Step 8: Lift up the pink heart on the left side of the butterfly and write a special message.  I’ve written “Happy Valentine’s Day” but you can write something else such as “You make my heart flutter.”  Repeat this step on the other side, writing an additional sentiment or who the card is to and from.

Congratulations!  You have made a special butterfly Valentine’s Day card.  This is a great way to show someone special how much you care.  Did you do this project?  How did it turn out?  Please feel free to post comments and pictures in the comments section!  Thanks again to Magdalena for the great idea!  Happy Valentine’s Day and happy crafting!


3 Responses to "Valentine’s Day Butterfly"

Very cute butterfly! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

thanks for this craft ! cute butterfly !

Thank you so much!

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