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Popsicle Stick Butterfly Craft (Free Template)

Spring means lots of things, almost all of which we love! One thing that’s at the top of our spring list is to find butterflies.

Kids love butterflies plus they’re a great way to introduce life cycles and metamorphosis in a fun setting.

Learn all about insects and make this popsicle stick butterfly craft with the kids! It’s an easy butterfly craft for kids that comes with a free printable template!

Buttefly On A Stick Craft

popsicle stick butterfly craft image collage with the words popsicle stick butterfly in the middle

Supplies

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Permanent glue dots
  • Glue
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Butterfly template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the butterfly template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding popsicle stick butterfly template

Place 3 popsicle sticks in line vertically. Cut a 4th popsicle stick into thirds and stretch a glue dot on each cut popsicle stick. Use these to glue the 3 popsicle sticks in place, positioning one at the top, middle, and back.

hand gluing popsicle stick together

Paint the popsicle sticks in 1-2 thin coats of paint and let dry completely.

hand painting popsicle stick orange

Glue the butterfly body to the middle of the wing paper. We used glue dots to do this, but you can use liquid glue or a glue stick as well.

hand gluing popsicle stick body to popsicle stick butterfly craft

Glue the eyes to the top of one end of the popsicle sticks, then use the black marker to draw on a smile below the eyes.

hand gluing eyes to popsicle stick butterfly craft

Assemble the wing decorations all over the wings, then glue them in place.

hand gluing wing decorations to popsicle stick butterfly craft

Finish off the butterfly by cutting 2 small strips of paper in the same color as the body. Glue these to the back of the butterfly wings, by the head to create the antennae.

hand gluing antennae to the back of popsicle stick butterfly craft

Aren’t these so colorful and fun?! That’s another reason they’re great for springtime!

2 popsicle stick butterfly crafts

More Insect Ideas For Kids

Whenever we introduce a new theme or if we want to go deeper in it, we always start with children’s books! They’re an easy way to fill time and help kids learn to read or develop their vocabulary. Below are some of our favorite insect books for kids!

The Very Quiet Cricket– Everyone loves Eric Carle and this book is just as good as all his others! In it, a cricket is trying to discover how to make a sound, but when he rubs his legs together nothing happens. Follow him on his journey to find his very own sound! Kids love the ending where he and your child can hear the chirping!

Bugs A to Z is a great introductory insect book for kids. It’s great for kids to browse through and look at pictures and to find a short snippet about each bug.

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.

popsicle stick butterfly craft

Need some more bug crafts for the kids to make? Try out some of our picks below:

hand holding popsicle stick butterfly craft

If your child loves sensory play check out this spring play dough kit or this bug sensory bin.

Let kids explore real bugs that have been preserved with this cool bug collection. Or learn from a living example when kids grow their own butterflies!

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hand holding popsicle stick butterfly craft

Popsicle Stick Butterfly Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This popsicle stick butterfly is a fun spring craft for kids to make! Download the printable template and make it for insect units or just because!

Materials

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Permanent glue dots
  • Glue
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Butterfly template

Instructions

  1. Download the butterfly template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Place 3 popsicle sticks in line vertically. Cut a 4th popsicle stick into thirds and stretch a glue dot on each cut popsicle stick. Use these to glue the 3 popsicle sticks in place, positioning one at the top, middle, and back.
  3. Paint the popsicle sticks in 1-2 thin coats of paint and let dry completely.
  4. Glue the butterfly body to the middle of the wing paper. We used glue dots to do this, but you can use liquid glue or a glue stick as well.
  5. Glue the eyes to the top of one end of the popsicle sticks, then use the black marker to draw on a smile below the eyes.
  6. Assemble the wing decorations all over the wings, then glue them in place.
  7. Finish off the butterfly by cutting 2 small strips of paper in the same color as the body. Glue these to the back of the butterfly wings, by the head to create the antennae.

Free Butterfly Template

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Debbie Bourrilhon

Monday 10th of May 2021

Thankyou for this delightful craft idea.

Sam T

Monday 10th of May 2021

You're welcome! Glad you like it!

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