Arts & Crafts

Paper Plate Butterfly

Paper Plate Butterfly
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Create an easy, spring-inspired butterfly.

30 minutes
36 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • 1 Paper Plate
  • 2 Popsicle sticks
  • 1 Small pompom
  • 2 Wiggly eyes
  • 1 Pipe cleaner (Cut in half)
  • Crayons (Assorted colors)
  • 1 Glue stick
  • Assorted rhinestones
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a triangle shaped section from the top and bottom of the paper plate to form a bow-tie shaped butterfly body.
  2. Color paper plate as desired.
  3. Glue popsicle sticks side by side across middle of bow-tie shape.
  4. Glue eyes and pompom on top of popsicle sticks to create the butterfly face.
  5. Glue rhinestones onto butterfly wings as desired.
  6. Curl one end of each pipe cleaner to form antennae. Glue each pipe cleaner onto the back of the popsicle sticks.
Associated Activity
Pair this activity with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Also, pair this activity with the Clothespin Caterpillar Craft for a before and after project.

Developmental skills