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!
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?