These tissue paper clothespin butterflies are easy to make, but they’ll provide your toddler with lots of fine motor development, sensory fun and an all-time favourite activity – stamping!
The temps are finally warming up here! Spring is on the horizon and winter may well and truly be behind us. We’re so happy to be focusing on spring crafts again! We’ll be making birds, rainbows, bugs and flowers, but we’re kicking off the season with this easy and adorable butterfly craft.
Did you see the simple paper towel butterflies we made the other day? These are even easier to make, but the process still has enough steps to make it fun and interesting for little ones.
To make tissue paper clothespin butterflies, you’ll need:
- Several sheets of tissue paper
- googly eyes
- pipe cleaner (optional)
- cork for stamping (optional)
Exploring and playing with clothespins is great for fine motor development:
Before we started, the hooligans played around with the clothespins. I love using wooden clothespins for fine-motor development. We always have a basket-full on our back deck, and the hooligans always enjoy playing with them. Opening and closing the pegs requires strength and co-ordination, and little ones love clipping them to edge of the basket. The older hooligans like to use them for hanging face-cloths and sun-hats to the small clothesline I’ve set up for them beside the playhouse.
Making the butterflies:
Each hooligan painted their clothespin in the colour of their choice, covering all sides and surfaces of the peg.
When they were dry, we added our tissue paper wings. I cut the tissue paper into 12 x 8 (approx) rectangles. You can go smaller than that, and you’ll get a smaller butterfly, but don’t go much larger, or there will be too much bulk for the clothespin to hold.
For the wings, gather your tissue paper up by cinching it in the middle. You can use 2 or three sheets of the same colour, or you can go with a few different colours.
Now clamp your clothespin around the cinched part of the tissue paper, and fluff the wings up a bit.
Decorating your butterfly craft:
Next, the hooligans glued googly eyes to their clothespin.
Originally I thought we would stop there, but then I realized we needed antennae, and I thought it would be fun to add some interest to the wings.
To decorate the wings, we dipped wine corks into a bit of paint, and stamped the tissue paper with them.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.