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 toilet paper roll butterfly craft. 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…
Materials needed for the Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft:
Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls
Black pipe cleaners
Black pom poms
Hot glue & glue gun
We started by wrapping the toilet paper rolls with washi tape. (I unfortunately do not have in-process pictures for you because my SD card broke right after I took the pictures.)
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.
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 project!!
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…
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