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Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Craft

The kids will love making this Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Craft in all different colors and combinations. They could add a pin to the back and make it into a pin as a gift or wear it themself.

Trivia: The most common species of butterfly is the Monarch.


3 Glitter Pipe cleaners
5 pony beads
2 larger beads or buttons


Make the body: Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Fold up the folded end up a bit so the beads won’t pass through.

Place 5 pony beads on through both ends of the pipe cleaner.

Place the larger bead, or button on to form the head. Push all the beads to the bottom (folded end) of the pipe cleaners.

Form the 2 ends of the pipe cleaner into spirals to form the antennae.

Make the wings: Form one pipe cleaner into a circle. Twist the ends together, but leave 1 inch at the end for attaching it to the body of the insect. Then twist the circle together in the center to for a figure “8”. Do that with the remaining pipe cleaner as well.

Attach to the body, between the head and the next bead, by twisting the 1 inch protruding ends of the pipe cleaners around the body of the insect. Reshape the wings and antennae.

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Butterfly Crafts For Kids, Early Elementary Craft, Pipe Cleaner Crafts, Teen Crafts

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Maria Nerius has been designing crafts for over 20 years. She's a successful author and writer who loves to tweet (MariaNerius)and currently her work can be seen on www.FaveCrafts.com. You can follow Maria's Musing on her blog: http://marianerius.wordpress.com. Feel free to contact Maria: MNerius@cfl.rr.com.

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