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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 the perfect activity for young children to practice their fine motor skills and unleash their creativity. Plus, it comes with a free printable template!

This is just one of our butterfly crafts for kids you can enjoy this spring! Get ready to flutter into fun with this adorable spring DIY.

Butterfly Craft With Popsicle Sticks

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

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Supplies

Directions

Start by downloading the 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 to life!

hand holding popsicle stick butterfly template

First, encourage your child to place 3 popsicle sticks in a 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

Next, guide your child to paint the popsicle sticks in 1-2 thin coats of paint and let dry completely.

hand painting popsicle stick orange

Now, help your child glue the butterfly’s 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

Finally, cut 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

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

popsicle stick butterfly craft

Ideas For Kids

More Insect Ideas For Kids

Don’t let the fun stop here! There are many creative ways to explore the world of insects with your little ones. Whether you want to get hands-on with fun ideas or dive into learning with educational printables, there’s something for everyone! Keep reading for more insect-inspired ideas for kids.

Two popsicle stick butterfly crafts

Bug Books For Kids

Whenever we introduce a new theme or if we want to go deeper into 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.

hand holding popsicle stick butterfly craft

Pre-K Insect Crafts

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

Paper Plate Bee Craft – ‘Buzz’ on over and try this cute bee with your kids! They’ll have so much fun transforming a simple paper plate into a cute buzzing bee. Gather your materials, print out the provided template, and follow the simple steps to get started!

Dragonfly Craft For Kids – Looking for more popsicle stick ideas? This dragonfly is the perfect addition to your collection! As your kids make this cute popsicle stick insect, they’ll improve their dexterity, fine motor skills, and creative thinking. It’s great for summer!

Collage image of Kids’ Insect Crafts

Apple Stamp Ladybug Craft – This cute ladybug is a fun activity for kids to try. Using apples as stamps is a great way to create unique and textured designs, making it perfect for exploring different art techniques! Add this idea to your lesson plans, or try it at home for an easy afternoon activity.

Ladybug Tissue Paper Craft – Kids can rip, tear, and scrunch tissue paper to their hearts’ content with this adorable DIY! It’s a fun way to use up paper scraps and create a colorful ladybug masterpiece. Kids will love seeing their creations take shape as they layer tissue paper onto the (free) ladybug template!

Insect Printables

Our ladybug cutting practice worksheets are all you need for a quick and easy scissor skill activity. Learning to use scissors can be tricky for young children, but with these cute ladybug worksheets, they’ll have so much fun practicing their cutting skills! Print them out and let your little ones get to work!

Ants are fascinating little insects, making them the perfect subject for educational activities. These ant worksheets are designed to help your child develop their handwriting skills, letter recognition, and problem-solving abilities in an interactive way. Your kids will work as hard as ants when using these fun worksheets!

Collage image of Kids’ Insect Activities

These butterfly tracing worksheets are a great brain-boosting activity for children to improve their fine motor skills. Tracing is an important skill for children to practice as it helps with handwriting, hand-eye coordination, and concentration.

Plus, who doesn’t love butterflies? These printables are perfect for any child who loves these beautiful insects.

Two popsicle stick butterfly crafts

Your kids will be buzzing with excitement when you download these free bumble bee counting cards! They’re the best way to make math engaging for young children.

Using these cards, some playdough, and small manipulatives, your child can practice counting, number recognition, and one-to-one correspondence!

Share With Us

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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!

Activities For Kids

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.

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Popsicle Stick Butterfly Template

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Jessica Cassel

Monday 6th of May 2024

Please send the butterfly template

Sam

Monday 6th of May 2024

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Julia Mims

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

I would like a copy of the butterfly template, please.

Sam

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Yesene Pitts

Tuesday 26th of March 2024

I would like a copy of the butterfly template Please.

Sam

Tuesday 26th of March 2024

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

Margie

Monday 25th of March 2024

Looking forward to this craft

Sam

Tuesday 26th of March 2024

Oh, yay! I hope everyone enjoys it!

Kelly

Monday 25th of March 2024

Please send

Sam

Monday 25th of March 2024

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

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