Follow the EASY directions to make a butterfly craft that’s beautiful and unique using recycled milk jugs and pens.
Today I have another Recycled Craft to share, yay! After we made our Stained Glass Easter Eggs, I still had a ton of milk jugs lying around so I asked Little Tiger (age 4, preschooler) if she wanted to do the craft again. She said yes without hesitation. I gave her the choice of making butterflies to add to our Bug Crafts collection or Flowers to decorate our window for Spring. She picked butterflies, so in no time at all we made some beautiful butterflies that look like they are glowing hanging on our window.
You may be interested in our Butterfly Activity Pack.
Butterfly Craft for Kids
- Empty and cleaned plastic milk jugs
- Sharpie Color Permanent Markers
- Butterfly stencils (I made a large stencil and a small stencil out of cardstock)
- Fishing Line or string
Make a butterfly stencil by folding a small piece of paper in half and drawing half a butterfly on it. Cut out the stencil. You can make several stencils with different shapes and sizes.
Use the butterfly stencils to trace as many butterflies as possible on the flat surfaces of the milk carton. Carefully cut them out. The hardest part was cutting through the mouth of the jug, once the scissors were through it was easy cutting.
Use the permanent markers to decorate the butterflies. The marker will be a little sticky until it dries. I pulled up some pictures of butterflies on my phone that Little Tiger liked using to design her butterflies.
Cut a piece of fishing line and tape the butterflies to it, then hang up your decoration and enjoy how the sun lights up the kids artwork!
KEEP THE FUN GOINGWITH THESE IDEAS!
Original Post Date: 3/30/2015 Updated 4/26/21