Clothespin Butterfly Craft to Celebrate Springtime

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The kids are going to love this clothespin butterfly craft! These adorable butterflies are filled with multi-colored foam beads. You may have some leftover from when you last made slime. If you’re wondering what else to do with them, keep reading for the directions.

Clothespin Butterfly Craft to Celebrate Springtime

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Clothespin Butterfly Craft

Spring will be here soon, right? I know it has to get here one of these days. And, this cute butterfly craft is a wonderful way to welcome spring when it does arrive. Now, I’ve seen this craft use cereal, candy, crackers and a variety of other things. But, it’s just as much fun to make them without adding snacks. 

I have always had a huge bag of clothespins on hand. But, we don’t hang our clothes out as often in the winter. And, even in the summer, I tend to hang them inside because we have such a big tick problem in our area. So, what type of clothespin crafts can I make to use them up? Check out this selection of kids’ crafts.

colorful clothespin butterfly crafts with beads

More butterfly ideas

If you’d like a few more butterfly craft projects, check these out.

Make sure that you scroll to the end of the post for a printable copy of these clothespin butterfly craft directions. And, make sure you pin it so you can make it again in the future. Here are a few tips to teach your child about butterflies.

art supplies to make this craft

Supplies:

painting clothespins blue and green

Clothespin butterfly craft directions

  • Paint the clothespins on the paper plate. Use a second coat of paint if needed.
  • Set aside and allow to dry.
  • Fill snack bags half full with foam beads. Make sure you don’t overfill the bag.
  • Separate foam beads by dividing the bag in half vertically. You’ll want foam beads on the right and left of the bag and space in the center.

snack size bags full of beads

 

  • Press the bag down to let as much air out as possible. Then, close bag. Air in the bag will cause the bag to have trouble bunching up to create wings.
  • Gather up the middle of the bag together and place the clothespin in place to hold it together. You may even find that twisting the bag a few times in the middle is helpful. If you feel that you need tape to hold it together, you can use a piece of tape in the center.
  • Add the googly eyes to the top of the clothespin.
  • Make a v shape with the pipe cleaner.
  • Add pipe cleaner to the clothespin to create the antenna.
  • The clamp from the clothespin should be able to hold the pipe cleaner, but if not, you can use glue.

Love this clothespin butterfly craft? Why not make Borax crystal flowers or make your own chewing gum for more fun ideas. Or, make these Puffy Fluffy Butterflies.

Clothespin Butterfly Craft to Celebrate Springtime

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Clothespin Butterfly Craft to Celebrate Springtime

Clothespin Butterfly Craft to Celebrate Springtime
Clothespin Butterfly Craft to Celebrate Springtime
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost 10

Materials

  • Clothespins
  • Pipe cleaners (cut into 3-inch pieces for antenna)
  • Foam Beads
  • Small adhesive googly eyes (use glue if they aren’t adhesive)
  • Snack sized zipper bags (square or rectangle)
  • Paint (choose desired colors)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper plate
  • (Optional: tape and glue)

Tools

  • paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Paint the clothespins on the paper plate. Use a second coat of paint if needed.
  2. Set aside and allow to dry.
  3. Fill snack bags half full with foam beads. Make sure you don’t overfill the bag.
  4. Separate foam beads by dividing the bag in half vertically. You’ll want foam beads on the right and left of the bag and space in the center.
  5. Press the bag down to let as much air out as possible. Then, close bag. Air in the bag will cause the bag to have trouble bunching up to create wings.
  6. Gather up the middle of the bag together and place the clothespin in place to hold it together. You may even find that twisting the bag a few times in the middle is helpful. If you feel that you need tape to hold it together, you can use a piece of tape in the center.
  7. Add the googly eyes to the top of the clothespin.
  8. Make a v shape with the pipe cleaner.
  9. Add pipe cleaner to the clothespin to create the antenna.
  10. The clamp from the clothespin should be able to hold the pipe cleaner, but if not, you can use glue.

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