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DIY Cardboard Butterfly Wings

One of our favourite projects, using our favourite studio tool, the Cardboard Cutter!

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Materials Required:

  • Cardboard (we love IKEA cardboard!)

  • Elastic

  • Coloured Paper

  • Scissors

  • Acrylic Paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Cardboard Cutter

  • Glue Stick

  • Pencil

  • Hairdryer (optional)

Age Group:

2+ (with help from a grownup!)

Featured Product:

These AWESOME butterfly wings are so much fun to make - Engaging in creative activities with your toddler can be a wonderful way to bond and nurture their imagination. Making cardboard butterfly wings for your little one is a fantastic project that combines crafting, playtime, and imaginative exploration. This project is also fantastic if you need a last minute costume. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the step by step process of creating charming cardboard butterfly wings, that your toddler will not want to take off!

Step One: Designing and Cutting

Start by sketching your butterfly wing shape on your cardboard. Using your cardboard cutter (or scissors if you don't have one) cut your wings out and punch four holes in the centre in a rectangular pattern.

Cut a variety of shapes out of various coloured papers, including circles and triangles.

Step Two: Painting

Paint a thick coloured line around the outside of your wings with the acrylic paint.

Pro Tip: Make sure you smooth out any lumps in the paint so it will dry quickly!

Once your outline is painted, dry the paint with a hairdryer if you have one, or leave your wings to dry. Flip and do the same on the reverse side.

Step Three: Decorating

Using your glue stick, attach your coloured shapes onto the wings, focusing on symmetry. This step is perfect for little hands and minds to get creative!

Remember to do both sides!

Step Four: Elastic

Cut two pieces of elastic approximately 30cm long.

Thread the first piece of elastic into the TOP LEFT hole and then back through the BOTTOM LEFT hole, and tie a knot to create a loop. Repeat on the right side.

Step Four: Embrace Playtime!

Once the wings are ready, invite your toddler to put them on and engage in imaginative play. Encourage them to pretend they're flying like butterflies, exploring magical worlds, and interacting with their surroundings.

Step Five: Create Memories

Capture the joy and excitement of your toddler wearing their handmade butterfly wings through photos or videos. We'd love to see your amazing creations! Tag us @faireandco

Want more Cardboard Creation ideas?? Head to our blog post to read more.


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