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While we were making our bumblebee Valentine the other day, we decided that since we had so much fun making it, we would continue our insect themed Valentine crafts.
For some reason, these little bugs have been a huge hit in our house and this one was no different. Not only does little man love making them, but they are just so adorable that I can’t get enough :)
And just like the bumblebee, this heart shaped butterfly is super easy to make!
Made entirely out of heart shapes (well, except for the pipe cleaners and googly eyes of course), this adorable little bug is perfect for practicing scissor skills with your preschooler! Just fold your papers in half, draw half of a heart along the fold, and let your child work those fine motor muscles!
To make these cuties, you’ll need:
- Red, pink, and purple construction paper (or swap out one of those colors for white if you’d prefer)
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- Glue and tape (tape is much easier when it comes to the pipe cleaners)
To get started, you’ll need to cut 2 hearts from each of your chosen colors. Designate one color for your large hearts, one for medium, and one for small. With ours, the red hearts are our largest, with pink hearts being just a little bit smaller, and the purple being the smallest of all of them.
Glue your hearts together in 2 sets with your largest heart on the bottom and your smallest ending up on top.
These hearts are going to end up being your butterfly’s wings.
Using either tape or glue, stick the hearts together so that the bottom points slightly overlap each other.
Next, pick two of your colors to make the body of your butterfly with. For ours, we chose the red and the purple. Cut 4 medium sized hearts from your body color and one medium sized heart from another color for the head.
To build your butterfly, glue each one of your purple hearts together in a line, making sure that each one is glued to the bottom half of the one above it.
Flip your purple hearts upside down and glue the red heart (the one for the head) at the top of the them. (These steps are kind of hard to explain, so just take a look at the photos if the directions aren’t making a whole lot of sense :) ).
Give your butterfly a face with your marker and googly eyes and then glue the body onto the wings.
Finally, cut two small hearts from any one of your colors and cut a pipe cleaner in half. Tape one end of your pipe cleaner to the back of your small hearts and tape the other end to the back of your butterfly’s head, giving them antennas.