A craft that is fun for all the kids in a family? From almost 13 year olds to a special needs 5 year old. This is that craft. All four of my girls, and me too, loved this butterfly made from toilet paper rolls. They actually worked, in peace, for a good 30 minutes while we made these. A very rare occurrence these days with all the pre-teen emotions raging…

This toilet paper roll butterfly craft is great for kids of all ages. My pre-teens loved it and my preschooler loved it too.

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies

  • Toilet Paper Rolls or Cardboard Tubes
  • Washi Tape
  • Black Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors

Another skill that is great to teach kids of all ages is recycling! Since we purchase bulk toilet paper rolls in my house, we have an excessive amount of toilet paper tubes lying around.

We have repurposed our cardboard tubes many different ways. Toilet paper roll crafts for kids are one of our favorite ways and this butterfly made out of toilet paper rolls is one of the cutest and easiest crafts we have done.

Your kids will love transforming empty toilet paper rolls into super cute butterflies. Such a fun craft idea to welcome Spring!

How To Make Butterflies Out Of Toilet Paper Rolls:

We started by wrapping the toilet paper rolls with washi tape.

This toilet paper roll butterfly craft is great for kids of all ages. My pre-teens loved it and my preschooler loved it too. Create your own butterflies for a butterfly unit this spring.

After the entire outside of the roll was covered with tape we cut each toilet paper roll into four equal pieces.

We realized the we needed to cover the insides of the rolls too, so we used tiny pieces of tape and worked our way around the inside.

Next, we hot glued the wings together in sets of two.

This toilet paper roll butterfly craft is great for kids of all ages. My pre-teens loved it and my preschooler loved it too. Create your own butterflies for a butterfly unit this spring.

Then, placed a black pipe cleaner in between the two sets of wings and hot glued all the pieces together.

For the head and antennae, we wrapped a small piece of pipe cleaner around a black pom pom and hot glued them to the butterfly.

After that we added eyes, a curled up proboscis (which my 11-year-old insisted we needed), and 6 legs, of course.

My girls absolutely adored this fun craft!!

This toilet paper roll butterfly craft is great for kids of all ages. My pre-teens loved it and my preschooler loved it too. Create your own butterflies for a butterfly unit this spring.

My special needs preschooler, covered her own toilet paper roll. She loves washi tape.

She would cover the whole house with washi tape if I would let her.

My second grader created something different than we planned… a dinosaur, actually

And my 11 and 12 year olds loved creating their own butterflies!

A great time had by all!

Now, if only all of our craft times could be that drama-free…

Other Butterfly Craft With Toilet Paper Rolls Ideas:

  • Paint your butterfly instead of covering it in washi tape.
  • Assemble your body and butterfly wings out of toilet tissue rolls. Instead of covering them in washi tape, dip them in paint and press them onto paper for an easy butterfly stamp.
  • Use solid colored washi tape to cover your butterfly toilet paper tube craft and then add glitter or stickers to add extra detil.
  • If you do not have extra toilet paper rolls, Christmas wrapping tubes will work great for this craft too.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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