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Crayon Butterfly

This Crayon Butterfly is a favorite old way to use up bits and pieces of crayons. This craft project has been updated to appeal to  both very young kids and the older kids who are looking for a bigger challenge.


Waxed Paper

Bits of crayon

Warm iron (under adult supervision)


Fishing line

Tacky glue (optional)

Black construction paper (optional)


Click on Printables and print out butterfly pattern or create your own.

Place a piece of wax paper over butterfly pattern. Sprinkle crayon shavings (sparingly!) on wax paper following the design on the download.

Place another piece of wax paper on top of shavings and a blank sheet of paper or a cloth over that. Gently press down with a warm iron. Crayon will melt quickly.

Staple pattern to the crayon melted wax paper outside of the design area and cut out. This may be enough for the littlest crafters.

We decided to go the next step and create a black outline for our butterfly to make it even more dramatic and a little more challenging for the older kids.

Take the Butterfly pattern, fold it in half in the middle and draw an outline on one side to create a frame for your butterfly. Leaving the pattern folded, cut through the two layers to create a symetrical outline for your butterfly.

With a glue stick glue the pattern to the black construction paper and cut out. You can leave the pattern glued on and just turn it over so that the underside is the finished side for your project.

Spread tacky glue sparingly on the pattern side  and glue to the waxed paper butterfly. We have found that tacky glue is the only glue that adheres to waxed paper. Now see how dramatic your butterfly becomes!

Punch a hole in the top of the butterfly and thread fishing line through to enable it to be hung in the window.

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Butterfly Crafts For Kids, Early Elementary Craft, Spring Crafts

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4 thoughts on
“Crayon Butterfly”

  1. Pat Mosher says:

    Think I might use this idea as a craft for a summer camp when I need a craft to fit with the theme of ‘spirit- wind- breath. It will be inexpensive and something most modern kids don’t do

    1. Betty Bose says:

      Great! Hope the kids enjoy. Good luck with summer camp.

      1. Pat Mosher says:

        Thanks, Betty!

  2. Val says:

    Pictures would be extremely helpful…

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