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Easy Cardboard Butterfly Craft Ideas for Kids

Easy Cardboard Butterfly Craft Ideas for Kids

Looking for an easy craft for spring? Your kids will love these Cardboard Butterfly Craft Ideas. A fun recycled art project that uses your old Amazon boxes to create cute cardboard crafts at home.

This simple butterfly activity is cut out of cardboard and lets the light shine through the beautiful wings with tissue paper. Kids can use their imagination with color and design to create their own colorful butterflies.

There is even a free printable butterfly craft template to make it easy. This is a great rainy day activity to keep your kids busy this spring while dreaming of the sunny days ahead.

It will surely become a favorite kids’ craft every time a box arrives in the mail. So follow along and find out how to make a butterfly out of cardboard.

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Easy Cardboard Butterfly Craft Ideas for Kids

How to Make Cardboard Butterfly Crafts for Kids. A fun art project with recycled cardboard and tissue paper. Kids will love holding their butterflies to the window like a piece of stained glass. These turn out pretty cool!

These cardboard butterflies are so easy to make and will look adorable. The best part is you probably have everything you need at home to create your butterflies.

What You Need to Make a Butterfly

Here is all you need to make this cardboard butterfly craft idea.

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Butterfly Template (find below)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Markers
  • Glue

Tip: If you have leftover cardboard make some more crafts with your kids. Get ideas in our favorite Cool Things to Make with Cardboard.

How to Make a Butterfly Out of Cardboard

Step 1

The first step is to cut a butterfly shape out of your cardboard. You can do this by using a pencil to draw a butterfly on the cardboard. Then use those lines as your guide for cutting.

Cardboard Butterfly Cutout Template

To make it easier you could also use our free printable butterfly craft template. Cut out the template and then use it to trace your butterfly on the cardboard.

Free Printable Butterfly Craft Template for your cardboard art.
Free Printable Butterfly Craft Template

Tip: If you don’t have time to make the cardboard butterfly kids can color or paste tissue paper onto this butterfly template.

Step 2

Next cut round or oval holes in your butterfly wings. I found it was easier to use an Exacto knife than to use scissors on this part.

Step 3

Now let your kids add eyes and any other design with markers to their cardboard butterfly.

Step 4

Free Printable Butterfly Craft template to create a cool Cardboard Butterfly craft.

Have your kids choose the color tissue paper they want to use on their butterfly. Then cut out the tissue a little bit larger than the holes in the wings.

Step 5

Have your child decide where they want each color of tissue paper and then glue it to the back of your butterfly.

Create beautiful Butterfly wings with tissue paper and cardboard cutouts. A fun cardboard craft for kids.

Step 6

Hold up your butterfly to a window and see how the light shines through.

Let the light shine through your Butterfly wings. In this cardboard craft for kids.

You can then tape the butterfly to your window or hang it from a string. To hang it from a string punch a hold in the top of the butterfly. Then put a piece of yarn through the hole and attach it to the curtain rod.

They will look so pretty twirling in front of your windows.

Can you believe how easy this cardboard butterfly craft idea is? I love that you get to use recycled cardboard to create fun crafts for kids. It’s an easy rainy day activity to pull out when you need something to keep the kids busy.

Coffee Filter Butterflies

Coffee Filter Butterflies are a fun Craft for Kids at home.

Want another fun way to make butterflies at home? Try making these pretty coffee filter butterflies. They are super easy to make with coffee filters, markers, a little water, and a pipe cleaner.

With these butterflies, the kids can create their own unique patterns and see what happens when water hits the coffee filter. The designs turn out really cool!

Learn how to make these easy Coffee Filter Butterflies.

Cardboard Toys

If you like finding ways to recycle cardboard boxes into kids’ activities try these fun ideas. It’s a great way to save money and teach your kids about reusing recycled items at home.

10 Cool Things to Make with Cardboard – Turn all your Cardboard boxes into fun crafts, toys, reading nooks & more.

DIY Cardboard Marble Run – Make a cool Marble run with an old box and paper towel rolls for a fun STEM project at home.

DIY Spinning Nerf Targets – Cool cardboard targets for kids who love to play with Nerf Guns.

Need More Crafts & Activities for Kids?

To find more fun kids’ crafts, activities and games visit our Kids Activity Page. Check out some favorites below:

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Friday 2nd of April 2021

These Cardboard Butterfly craft ideas are so cool and easy to make. I’m going to share this with my kids. They will definitely love these awesome ideas.

Thanks for these ideas mate!


Friday 2nd of April 2021

Thanks! I hope your kids enjoy making them as much as mine have.