Saturday, April 2, 2011

Yarn Butterflies Spring Craft: Kids Crafts Project #70

Yarn Butterflies Spring Craft
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    

Supplies Needed for Each Butterfly:
  • 2 Popsicle Sticks
  • 2 Buttons
  • 1 Long Pipe Cleaner
  • Yarn
  • Poster Paint + Paint Brush OR Food Coloring + Sealable Sandwich Bag
  • Scissors
  • White Glue
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
  1. Paint your popsicle sticks to match or complement your yarn and let dry completely  OR ADULT: put food coloring with 1-2 capfuls of rubbing alcohol into a plastic bag. Shake until fully coated. Let dry completely outside the bag.
  2. ADULT: Take 2 popsicle sticks and form an X.
    HINT: These look best with a wide space between each side (as opposed to a wide space top and bottom)
  3. ADULT: Start this off by winding your yarn around and between the X a few times, leaving an inch or two of yarn hanging off the beginning piece. We will need this to tie it off later. Make sure the X shape is now firm and doesn't move around.
  4. Wrap the yarn snugly around the right side first, starting at the center and working your way to the edge. Leave a quarter inch of stick showing at the edge.
  5. When you get to the end of the right side work your way back to the center. 
  6. Now work your way to the far left side with the yarn and then end back at the center.
  7. Cut the string, leaving enough to tie it off with the other piece you originally left hanging.

  8. OPTIONAL: Put a small dab of glue on each stick end to keep the yarn from coming off the edge and let glue dry.
    HINT: This is really only necessary if your child has wound the yarn loosely or is planning to handle and play with it later.
  9. Tie a pipe cleaner around the middle of your butterfly and twist at the top.
  10. Thread a button through the end of each pipe cleaner.
  11. Trim length of pipe cleaner if uneven.
  12. OPTIONAL: If desired hang from the ceiling with transparent thread or fishing line.
  13. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall, or stand it up on a shelf!
  14. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy! 
A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Good Night, Sweet Butterflies" By Dawn Bentley. This book makes bedtime a fun, soothing experience for little sleepyheads. They will love the rhyming story -- and the glittery butterflies teach colors while easing children into dreamland. Children adore the nine sparkly, three-dimensional butterflies throughout this sturdy book. It's fun to teach, fun to read, and fantastic to look at! It's the perfect way to say good night, every night!
Check out these FREE Butterfly Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.    


Rocking Horse Plans said...

I love your site, but my girls love it more. We're just about to have a go at making these butterflies and we're looking through your pictures to make sure we get it just right.

Sunny Day said...

I like anything with butterflies. This age group should just about fit me. I might even be able to do it. But really, it is such a simple thing to do for a quick decorative idea even for adults.

Melinda said...

I love this! I have no yarn though, what else is new LOL

susan said...

I really like these. They look so fluffy because of the yarn you chose.

Chris Cuada said...

It's a lovely idea for younger children - thanks for posting :)

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