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Colorful Butterfly Paper Cup Craft W/ Free Template

As the days grow longer and warmer, nature awakens showing off the beauty of spring. Among the most beautiful signs of the season’s arrival are the graceful fluttering of butterflies. These amazing creatures symbolize the beauty and transformation of spring. 

Celebrate the beauty of spring with a creative and fun activity with your little ones! Kids will be excited to spread their creative wings and make this butterfly paper cup craft. Their imaginations will take flight as they transform a simple paper cup into the most adorable butterfly. 

Make a whole kaleidoscope of butterflies this spring with more butterfly crafts for kids

Butterfly Craft Idea

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Crafting with a paper cup encourages children to think outside the box and use their imaginations to bring their ideas to life. Designing and decorating their butterfly allows them to express their creativity in a fun way while also honing fine motor skills and how to follow instructions.

This fun and easy activity is easy to get started. Gather up a few basic supplies, including a paper cup, download and print the template, and check out our easy to follow instructions below.

Supplies

Directions

Start by downloading the butterfly template and printing it out. Once you have the template printed, gather the materials needed for this fun activity. Get those scissors ready, and let’s help the kids bring this butterfly template to life!

hand holding Butterfly Paper Cup Craft template

Now, it’s time to bring our butterfly to life! Let your kids place the eyes above the mouth and secure them in place with glue.

hand gluing eyes of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Next, guide them as they add the antennae to the top and back of the butterfly’s head. This is where the magic begins!

hand gluing antennae of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Now, let’s add some flair to our butterfly wings. With your kids, take the oval butterfly wing decoration and stick it to the top part of both wings.

hand gluing forewings of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Then, position the circle butterfly wing decoration on top of the oval one, gluing them securely in place.

hand gluing hind wings of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Time to make those wings pop! Encourage your kids to use the smaller ovals to create unique patterns on the wings. Let them explore different designs and have fun with this part.

hand gluing hind wings of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

As we bring our butterflies together, guide your kids to attach the stripes along the bottom part of the paper cup body. Once they’ve found the perfect placement, secure them with glue or double-sided tape.

hand gluing stripes on paper cup of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

It’s time for the final assembly! Help your kids glue the wings to the paper cup body of the butterfly and position them just right.

hand gluing wings of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Lastly, let’s give our butterfly its final touch. Guide your kids as they take the butterfly head and carefully glue it to the top of the paper cup.

hand gluing head of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

That’s it! Don’t forget to explore our other spring crafts for your kiddos while you’re here!

hand holding finished example of Knuffle Bunny Craft

Spring Activities

Spring Ideas For Ideas

To make the most of the spring season, we’ve gathered up a collection of favorite books, engaging crafts, and educational activities that are sure to be a hit with your little ones. Read on below to get some springtime inspiration that will keep your kids engaged, entertained, and eager to explore the wonders of the season!

two finished example of Knuffle Bunny Craft

Spring Books For Kids

Below are some of our favorite spring books for kids.

Ten Little Ladybugs – This cute book is not only fun to read, but also fun to touch! Kids will want to read this book day after day and it helps them learn to count.

Planting a Rainbow – Kids will have a blast learning about colors and flowers in this colorful and engaging book!

Bee – This peek-through picture book is a fun bedtime book for kids! It’s short and keeps the kids’ attention span.

hand holding finished example of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Cute Spring Crafts

Frog Handprint Craft – Leap into spring with a ribbiting craft that will have your little ones hopping with excitement! Let your kids explore more about amphibians and use their creativity with this handprint craft where they’ll use their own handprints as the frog’s feet!

Bird Puppet Craft – Let your child’s creativity take flight with this cute bird puppet made out of a paper bag! It’s a great craft to incorporate for units on birds or simply for kids who adore feathered friends. This project also offers a fantastic opportunity for kids to develop fine motor skills and imaginative storytelling.

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Sheep Paper Cup Craft – Ewe won’t believe how much fun kids will have crafting their own adorable sheep using a simple paper cup! This fun project is perfect for shepherding in hours of creativity and imagination while providing an opportunity for developing skills.

Handprint Bunny Card Craft – Hop into the spirit of spring with an adorable bunny card that’s as cute as can be! Kids will love using their handprints to create the bunny ears, making this project both fun and personalized. It’s the perfect way to spread Easter joy!

Printable Spring Activities

When kids are learning about the remarkable process of life for butterflies, be sure to incorporate these butterfly activity sheets. They’re perfect for educational units on insects or spring, and offer a fun and interactive way to learn.

Kids will complete activities matching shadows, navigating a maze, counting, and graphing that will encourage skill development and basic math skills. Watch as your kids flutter with excitement as they learn!

Spring into action with our engaging frog worksheets, perfect for young learners eager to jump into educational fun! These printable activities are a fantastic way to introduce kids to fascinating amphibians while honing essential skills like handwriting, letter recognition, and scissor proficiency.

Whether at home or in the classroom, these engaging pages offer a ribbiting adventure through letter mazes, labeling exercises, and more.

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Spring is in full bloom, so let’s celebrate with our fun spring color by number printables! These designs feature favorite springtime symbols like butterflies, birds, bunnies, and more.

Coloring by numbers offers numerous benefits for children like enhancing hand-eye coordination, reinforcing number and color recognition, and promoting focus and concentration. Plus, it’s fun for kids to reveal these cute scenes as they color in each numbered space!

Engage your preschoolers in a fun springtime activity with these spring bears tracing lines worksheets! They’re perfect for little ones mastering pencil grip or honing their tracing skills. These activities foster hand-eye coordination, concentration, and spatial awareness featuring adorable spring-themed bears.

With each stroke of the pencil, your child will prepare themselves for future academic success as they practice lines that help write letters and numbers.

single finished example of Knuffle Bunny Craft

Share With Us

Did you make this craft with your kids or students? We’d love to feature them on our social media!

For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

More Spring Activities

hand holding finished example of Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Butterfly Paper Cup Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Welcome spring with this colorful and cute butterfly paper cup craft!

Materials

  • Paper cup
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Butterfly template

Instructions

      1. Download the butterfly template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
      2. Begin by placing both of the eyes above the mouth and gluing them in place.
      3. Next, take the antennae and glue them to the top and back of the butterfly’s head.
      4. Take the oval butterfly wing decoration and glue it to the top part of both wings.
      5. Position the circle butterfly wing decoration on top of the oval butterfly wing decoration and glue them in place.
      6. Create butterfly wing decoration by gluing the smaller ovals to the bottom of the wings.
      7. Attach the stripes along the bottom part of the paper cup body and glue them in place.
      8. Glue the wings to the paper cup body of the butterfly.
      9. Finish up by taking the butterfly head and gluing it to the top of the paper cup.

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 11th of April 2024

All of your crafts are so adorable. This post will be a feature this week for our party. Thanks for sharing each week. #HomeMattersParty

Sam

Thursday 11th of April 2024

Thanks, Donna! I really appreciate that!

Beth

Sunday 7th of April 2024

SUPER CUTE, as always, Sam! Love your creative projects to keep kids engaged, learning, and busy!

Sam

Monday 8th of April 2024

Thanks, Beth! I appreciate the kind words!

Linda Primmer

Sunday 7th of April 2024

These are cute as a bug! Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. I am happy to feature these cuties on Sunday.

Sam

Monday 8th of April 2024

Haha, thank you!

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