Summer officially started June 21.
Just in time to usher out one season and welcome the next, I made a whimsical spring butterfly from Jenny Mueller and published in the online edition Summer Crafts for Kids eBook from Fave Crafts. Online instructions are at www.favecrafts.com/Crafting-with-Kids/Spring-Butterfly.
Supplies you will need:
• Paper towel tube
• Construction paper
• Two 10 mm wiggle eyes
• Curling ribbon
• Fishing line, thread or clear plastic lacing
• Chenille stem
• Black marking pen
• Glue dots or tacky glue
• Hole punch
Cut the paper towel tube to measure 8 1/2-inches in length. The easiest way to do this is to mark the required length in several places around the tube. Individually cut slits up to the marks from the end you will not use so you can remove the excess cardboard without flattening the tube as you cut it.
Cut a piece of colored construction paper 5 1/2-inches by 8 1/2-inches. Wrap it around the tube and attach with glue dots or tacky glue.
Cut wings out of a different color of construction paper than you used for the tube. To make sure they are the same size and shape, fold the sheet in half and draw the shape from the fold outward. Connect the wings at the fold to the back of the tube where the construction paper meets what you used to cover the butterfly’s body. Use another color paper to make spots for the wings. Glue to the wings.
Glue eyes to the top of the tube, about 3 inches from the top end.
Cut a chenille stem in half, curl one end on each and tape to the inside of the tube above the eyes for antennae.
Punch two holes at the top on either side of the tube. Thread string, fishing line or clear lacing through the holes and knot the ends together.
Cut four different colors of curling ribbon into 30-inch lengths and use the scissors to curl the ribbon. Tape to the back on the inside of the tube at the bottom.
Use a black marking pen to draw a butterfly’s mouth below the eyes.