Mother’s Day craft for kids: DIY a Butterfly Bouquet

A bouquet of butterflies – isn’t that a magical idea? This bright, beautiful Butterfly Bouquet is a special Mother’s Day craft idea for kids. Mom will love the colorful Butterfly Bouquet, too. After all, a fresh flower bouquet won’t last long, but mom can treasure her Butterfly Bouquet for years to come. Like so many of the craft ideas shared here, feel free to change up your bouquet and use different colors, add more butterflies, or even display in a vase instead of a clay pot.  Here’s to the magic of crafting!

DIY Mother's Day craft idea for kids

Butterfly Bouquet by Linda Valentino

To make a Butterfly Bouquet, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 3” ball
    • 1-7/8” x 2-1/2” eggs, three
  • Clay pot, 4”
  • Cardstock in pink, orange, turquoise
  • Patterned paper to coordinate with cardstock
  • Acrylic craft paints: purple, yellow, pink, white, green, black
  • Silver tinsel stems, two
  • Ribbon:
    • 1/4″ wide in orange, pink, turquoise
    • 7/8” wide in yellow
  • Rhinestones, 5mm, in yellow, purple, pink
  • Straight pins with black heads, six
  • Red chalk or blush
  • Wood skewers, three
  • Paper shred or crinkle grass in green
  • Craft foamie in green
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; stiff bristle paintbrush; liner paintbrush; plastic knife; black marker

To make a Butterfly Bouquet:

1. Prepare the clay pot:

  • Paint the pot purple. Let dry.
  • Glue yellow ribbon around rim.
  • Make a bow and glue to the ribbon.
  • Glue the 3” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam inside the pot.

2. Butterfly bodies: Roll eggs on a table to slightly flatten the wide end, so the egg is more oval in shape.

DIY Mother's Day craft idea

Kids can make the butterflies in their favorite colors, or use their mom’s favorite color.

3. Paint the butterfly bodies:

  • Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of each egg and use it as a handle while painting.
  • Paint the lower, 1-1/2” of each egg in yellow, purple, and pink.
  • Mix each color with white and paint the top of each egg with matching color.
  • Let dry.

4. Make the wings:

  • Using the pattern, cut two wings from each color of cardstock and two inner wings from coordinating paper.
  • Glue the inner wings to wings.
  • With a plastic knife, make a 1-1/2” slit on each side of body.
  • Dip point of wings in glue and push into slits.
DIY Mother's Day craft idea

Add pins for eyes.

5. Add faces:

  • Push in pins for eyes.
  • Blush cheeks with chalk.
  • Paint on a thin, black smile.

6. Glue 2-1/4” ribbon around each body, under the face. Glue matching rhinestone to ribbon.

7. Antennae: Cut tinsel stems in half. Fold three tinsel stem pieces in half and insert and glue into top of head. Curl ends.

8. Make the bouquet:

  • Remove skewers from the butterflies and cut to 7”, 8”, and 9”.
  • Paint skewers green and let dry.
  • Dip ends of skewers in glue and push into bottom of bodies.
  • Insert butterflies into foam ball in clay pot.
  • Cut leaves from craft foamie and glue to skewers.
  • Fill top of pot with crinkle grass.
DIY Mother's Day Craft

This Butterfly Bouquet would make a great craft for groups, too.

Did you notice that the wings were hearts? Such a sweet detail! Speaking of hearts, here’s another craft the kids can make for Mother’s Day — an Origami Heart Wreath.

DIY Origami Heart Wreath

The heart with wings is a little more challenging for younger hands, but older children can easily follow the tutorial.

There is something magical about the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies (just like there’s magic when you transform basic craft supplies into something beautiful, too). Right now, we are waiting to see what hatches from a cocoon I found on a recent walk. I did a little research online, and I think our cocoon will hatch into a promethean moth. I will let you know when the big day comes!

Are you seeing butterflies in your neighborhood?

Happy crafting!


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17 Responses to Mother’s Day craft for kids: DIY a Butterfly Bouquet

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  2. Angie Anderson Dyer says:

    Butterflies make everyone smile! This set of three butterflies are just adorable. These are easy enough that children can help and enjoy every minute of it. Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad they made you smile! This Butterfly Bouquet is a fun keepsake, too. It’s too early here for real butterflies — have you seen any yet? Thank you, Angie, and happy crafting! Sharon

  3. This butterfly bouquet is awesome! I just happen to have all the stuff needed to make this! I guess I know what Jenna and I will be doing next week! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sharon says:

      Score! I hope you’ll take pictures of your craft-ventures next week! I was also thinking that you could hang these little butterflies in a mobile, or make them into pins, or what else?
      Seems to me that you could create a lot of projects using these butterflies. Happy crafting, Barb. Sharon

  4. Debbie Kaste says:

    Oh my gosh, those butterflies are simply the cutest! I will have to try and make some. I’m a kid at heart, even if the project is aimed at kids…lol! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sharon says:

      You have to smile when you look at those little faces, don’t you? I agree with you — it’s a bouquet for all ages, so you go! Let us know how your butteflies turn out 🙂 Craft on! Sharon

  5. Cute idea! I’m going to have my nieces try this out!

    • Sharon says:

      Yay! I hope you all have a blast crafting together! Let us know how your Butterfly Bouquets turn out! I’d love to share a photo. Happy crafting! Sharon

  6. Anne Haun says:

    Such cute ideas – thanks for sharing with us.

  7. Katiria says:

    Absolutely love the Butterfly Bouquet by Linda Valentino. Pinned it!

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thanks so much! Are their little faces so cute? It won’t be long till your little one can DIY her own Butterfly Bouquet! Happy crafting! Sharon

  8. Pat says:

    How adorable for kids to make!!!!

    • Sharon says:

      I know! And kids will also love that they can choose their favorite colors and papers to customize the butterflies — or use their mom’s favorite colors! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  9. Lee says:

    Aww these look so cute and fun to make 🦋💕 kids will love making it and moms will love receiving it☺️

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