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Butterfly Journal Cover Craft

Butterfly Journal Cover Craft

Total Time 30 minutes or less Ages school-age

In Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, when a butterfly with two distinctly different wing patterns lands on Lizzy's finger, her father is baffled. But Lizzy simply states that the fairies must have painted it that way. Here's a project that lets kids create unique paper butterflies that are just as bold and beautiful - and perfect for livening up the cover of a journal or notebook.

More Butterfly Crafts:

Butterfly Sun Catcher

Origami Butterfly

Valentine Butterflies

Tissue Paper Butterflies

Download Butterfly Journal Cover Template

by Cindy Littlefield

What you'll need

  • Notebook with cardboard or paper cover
  • Template for paper butterfliles
  • Scissors
  • Craft or scrapbook paper
  • Glue stick
  • Bobby pins (one per butterfly)
  • Small acrylic gems and/or glitter glue (optional)

How to make it

  1. Print out the template and cut out the pieces.
  2. For each butterfly, use the template pieces as patterns for cutting a left set of wings out of one shade or pattern of paper and a right set of wings out of a completely different paper. Then cut out wing bases for each set from contrasting shades of plain paper.
  3. Glue the wing sets onto their respective bases, as shown.
  4. For each butterfly body, glue a strip of paper around the midsection of a bobby pin, as shown.
  5. Assemble and glue the butterfly atop the notebook cover.
  6. Now your child can embellish the wings with acrylic gems and/or glitter glue, if she likes.