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.

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 Comments Leave yours

  1. Such a brilliant idea! And looks so neat!

  2. 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! :)

    • Kate #

      …hope your 4 year old enjoys it!

  3. what a lovely tutorial! I had forgotten about making these in school, they really are so effective!

  4. My daughter is going to love making these butterflies! Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!

  5. Love it. Gonna try it, thanks for sharing

  6. These are gorgeous! Can’t wait to make them with my son!

  7. This is awesome! I love the back outline against the rainbow. I’ll be linking on WFA Facebook. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Kate #

      Thanks Kimara ^_^

      Just popped over to your blog. Hope all goes well with your Dad.

      Best wishes, Kate

  8. 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. :)

  9. So sweet, great tutorial! Im sure this would look great on a window. Unfortunately we havent been getting much sun…

  10. This is such a simple idea, and yet so beautiful! I remember making this stained-glass window style of picture as a child in school at Christmas time. I’ve had a go at yours earlier with The Boy and blogged the result, linking and crediting you, hope that’s ok? (http://www.theboyandme.co.uk/2012/05/15/how-to-make-a-rainbow-butterfly/)

    • Kate #

      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 ^_^

  11. 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:)

  12. beautiful & colorful idea!
    thank you!


  13. Corina #

    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!

  14. sarah lambert #

    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

  15. Anne Laure #

    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!

    • Kate #

      Yay! So glad it went well Anne. Very sweet to hear they have hung them proudly in their rooms ^_^

  16. This post is awesome! It’s been featured on Fantastic Finds for the Fam{ily} for Scouting Sunday! Feel free to grab a button!


  17. Linda T #

    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!

    • Kate #

      Thanks Mini Piccolini ^_^

  18. je te remercie pour ton gabarit, mes filles et moi nous nous sommes bien amuser a le réaliser .by bye

  19. Lovely colors that will definitely grab little ones attention! The butterfly cut-out is great.

  20. your site is completely divine. sigh

  21. 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 :)

    • Kate #

      Thanks Sass ^_^

  22. 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.

    • Kate #

      Thanks for the tip Loraine

  23. Sana Jamal #

    Beautiful butterfly!! so neat and lovely!
    lotsa prayers and love for you!

  24. dolene #

    moi qui adore les papillon je vais me regaler a le faire merciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  25. W8manfamily #

    Wonderful idea…love it.

  26. Danielle #

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

  27. Evelyn #

    These are gorgeous. My daughter did one of a stained glass window in art class.

  28. Thank you for the inspiration! Just made these with my son and they saved an otherwise rotten parenting day… I blogged about it here (linking to your site, of course): http://cocoandco2013.com/2013/06/09/messy-play-for-matilda-mae-butterfly-sun-catchers/

    • Kate #

      Well done Antonia…they look ace.

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

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