Butterfly sun-catchers

After the wettest April in a hundred years the sun has finally made an appearance in my part of the world! Yay!!!

Butterfly suncatcher

In order to celebrate we have been making sun-catchers. I remember making them when I was a kid but had honestly forgotten just how brilliant they look with the sun streaming through them.

Butterfly suncatcher

Butterfly suncatcher

To make your butterfly sun-catcher you will need:
• Black paper
• Tissue paper
• Pencil crayon
• Scissors
• Craft knife (optional)
• Glue-stick

Butterfly suncatcher

Step 1
Cut a butterfly shape out of a black sheet of paper. If you are not that confident with drawing you can download a template here. (You should be able to print this on black paper and still see the lines.)

Step 2
Using a light coloured pencil-crayon draw shapes onto the wings of the butterfly (if you use the printable template you can skip this bit). Then using a pair of scissors, or a craft, knife cut out the shapes. Most kids will probably need a hand with this step.

Step 3
Get your squares of tissue paper and tear them into strips. You can choose any colours you want but bright colours work best!

Step 4
Get your glue-stick and apply some glue to the wing of the butterfly and then stick the strips across the wing. Don’t worry if the tissue paper overlaps, you can actually create some really interesting effects by layering it in this way. Make sure you lift the butterfly up every now and again, just to make sure it isn’t stuck to your work-surface!

Step 5
Turn your butterfly over and trim the paper strips so that they are level with the outside edge.

Ta-da…
Stick your butterfly to a window…

Top Tip:
To get kids more involved with the cutting stage let them make the holes in the wings using craft punches, or even a hole-punch.

39 thoughts on “Butterfly sun-catchers

  1. beautiful! we used to do these in gradeschool but nowhere near as pretty…will need to try this with my four-year-old soon. thanks for the tutorial and template! :)

  2. What a brilliant craft idea! I found this via Pinterest. I don’t have children yet, but I may have to make a few of these myself and hang them on the windows. :)

    1. Hello theboyandme!

      They look absolutely great…love your butterfly design….as you say they are so easy…yet look so great….best of both worlds I reckon!

      Kate ^_^

  3. This is so incredible. I just posted a short post about bad weather and colorful butterflies. We always use your butterfly template, it is so pretty. I came back to your site for the link, and found your todays butterfly post:)

  4. Thank you very much, you keep remindig me of my childhood and this makes me very happy, kidds and grandfather too. The template is very pretty, I hope you will send us more of your creativity!

  5. I have a very creative 5 year old that can make something out of anything so this would come in very useful for us to do together would love to win a book :) x

  6. Just a quick message to thank you, I made these today with my boys (4 and 6 years old), they loved the activity and the result! The butterflies are now displayed proudly in their bedroom.
    Thanks again for the inspiration!

  7. Love hiw these come up and the template is fab. This will be a great way to occupy the 4 year olds at my 1 year olds birthday. Thank you!

  8. Beautiful! Just a tip – instead of glue, use contact paper. Lay the template face down on some clear contact paper (sticky side up) and then add the tissue paper. Then top with another sheet of contact paper (sticky side down). Cut around the edges and tape to a window. Less mess and you can keep them for years! That’s how we make ours :)

  9. I love this butterfly and am featuring it as one of the projects on my Squidoo lens, “How to Make Butterfly Crafts.” At one time I read that if you trace over a pattern with green marker, you’ll get a good print of the pattern on black paper. It really does work, I’ve used the method in my art classes.

  10. Love this craft…my daughter is having a Butterfly themed 7th birthday. I think the kids will love making this!
    Thank you.

    1. Well done Antonia…they look ace.

      Cutting out quite tricky…will stick to simpler designs in the future!
      Kate x

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