Spring is not only the perfect time to find butterflies in the garden but it is also the perfect time to make this tissue paper butterfly craft. Wondering what you can make with tissue paper? Simple materials and our free printable butterfly template makes this a must do butterfly craft for all ages. We love do-able art activities for kids!

HOW TO MAKE BUTTERFLIES OUT OF TISSUE PAPER

THE BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE

There are 4 stages that make up the metamorphosis that occurs during the life cycle of a butterfly. Learn about all 4 stages below and make your own beautiful adult tissue paper butterfly. Plus, here’s a few interesting facts about butterflies!

Go ahead and make an edible butterfly life cycle here!

EGG

Butterfly eggs are usually round or oval (depends a bit on the species of butterfly), and you will find them on leaves. Go ahead and make a leaf for your butterfly too!

LARVA (CATERPILLAR)

A caterpillar emerges from the egg and needs to eat just like the famous very hungry caterpillar.

FUN FACT: Caterpillars need to eat the leaf they are born on so the leaf has to be something it will actually eat.

PUPA (CHRYSALIS)

This is the magical part of the butterfly life cycle! Everything that makes a butterfly is rapidly forming during this stage. It’s not just about the bright wings. Did you know that the organs are also changing?

ADULT

A beautiful adult butterfly emerges ready to take on the world. Once the butterfly is up and flying (takes a couple of hours for it to rest and gain the strength and dexterity needed), the cycle will start all over again.

Let’s get started with creating your own tissue paper butterflies!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE TISSUE PAPER BUTTERFLY PROJECT!

TISSUE PAPER BUTTERFLIES

SUPPLIES:

  • Butterfly template
  • Various colored tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Print the butterfly template.

STEP 2: Cut out the body and inner sections of the wings.

STEP 3: Cut pieces of tissue paper (of various colors) to roughly fit behind each open section. Tape into place from the back.

STEP 4: Color the outline of your butterfly and hang!

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HOW TO MAKE TISSUE PAPER BUTTERFLIES

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