Painted and Jeweled Butterflies

 

We really enjoyed this fun little craft that was perfect for spring: Painted and Jeweled Butterflies!

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

(E was 4 years and 4 months old.)

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Materials for Painted and Jeweled Butterflies

  • Unfinished wooden butterfly cutouts. {If you can’t get them, you could cut your own butterflies from cardboard or heavy paper.}
  • Paint. {We used acrylic paint because of the pretty colors we had on hand but other types of paint would work, too.}
  • Plastic gems.
  • Glue or glue stick.
  • Glitter glue (optional).

 

I set the materials up as an invitation to create,

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

and E got right to painting.

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

For one butterfly, she tried the glitter glue and worked hard at outlining the wooden shape

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

but she went right back to painting when she realized how hard that was.

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

She worked tirelessly on painting all the butterflies. There were ten cutouts in the package, but I had only given her five to begin with. I happily gave her the rest when she asked for more and I saw how much she enjoyed the activity!

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

However, by the time she’d painted all the butterflies, she wasn’t really interested in adding the gems anymore. She did like the one I did, though!

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

A few days later, we finally got around to adding the gems to the rest of the butterflies.

E experimented with putting glue on top of the cutouts,

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

and right on the back of the gems

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

but finally decided that using a paintbrush to brush the glue on was her best bet.

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

I love how colorful and pretty our painted and jeweled butterflies turned out!

 

Crafts for Kids: Make simple, colorful painted and jeweled butterflies!

 

Does your child love butterflies? What’s your favorite spring craft? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

Looking for other ways to use the materials we used for this craft?

Paint: Pour Painting Pumpkins

Gems: Squishy Sand Sensory Play and Valentine’s Treasure Ice Sculpture.

 

 

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