Kids will have a blast creating this simple butterfly card for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or any special occasions. The art technique of paint smashing is a fun addition for kids and it adds colorful and beautiful details to the butterfly wings of this easy diy card.
Making homemade cards is such a fun activity for any age. You can make a unique greeting card for every possible occasion like celebrations, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries or simply just to brighten someone’s day unexpectedly and let them know you are thinking of them.
This colorful butterfly card has the message “You make my heart flutter” inside making it a great card to give to someone you love. Grab our card template, your crafty supplies and get ready to make someone’s heart explode with joy when you give them this sweet butterfly card.
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How to Make a Butterfly Card
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Supplies needed to make this card:
- butterfly card template <—- Purchase in our shop
- colored cardstock paper 8.5″ x 11″ (or construction paper)
- black cardstock (or construction paper)
- googly eyes
- washable tempera paint (We used Crayola washable tempera paint received from our friends at Oriental Trading. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.)
- glue stick
NOTE: If you are in the EU, please visit our TpT Store to purchase any of our templates.
Instructions for making paint smash butterfly card:
Step 1: Purchase and download the butterfly card template. Print out the template on colored cardstock or construction paper (8.5” x 11”).
The butterfly body template page has two on it so you will need to cut it in half and give each child one for their butterfly card.
Step 2: Fold the printed butterfly wings template page in half with the wings and card message on the outside of the folded paper. Open up the fold and lay your paper down with the blank side facing up.
Step 3: Place a few dots of tempera paint in the middle crease of the paper and then a few dots of tempera paint on one half side of the paper.
You will want to make sure children don’t use too much paint or get too close to the edge of the paper or it will seep out when you smash your card closed.
Step 4: Fold the card in half again along the crease and carefully smash the paint in between the two paper halves to transfer the paint all over your paper. Open up your paper to inspect it and decide if more smashing needs to be done.
When you are happy with your design, set your paper aside to allow the paint to dry completely. (This may take several hours or overnight.)
Step 5: Cut out the butterfly body template. Fold it in half along the dotted line in the middle. The folded edge is the bottom of your butterfly body.
Step 6: Carefully cut out butterfly antennae from a black piece of cardstock or construction paper. Glue them on the inside of the folded butterfly body on the front section of the butterfly. Then glue a googly eye on your butterfly.
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Step 7: Open up the butterfly body and run scissors along the front of the antennae to help them curl forward a bit. You can also use your fingers to curl them slightly.
Step 8: When your painted butterfly wings are finished drying, use scissors to cut them out. Then fold the wings in half along the dotted line shown on the template with the painted side facing out.
Step 9: Open your butterfly body and place the folded wings inside along the folded edge of the body. Add glue at the bottom of the butterfly wings on one side and then glue the body to it.
Step 10: Turn the butterfly around to the other side of the wings. Add glue to that side of the wings at the bottom and glue the other side of the body to the wings, fully connecting the butterfly body and wings together.
Your butterfly now becomes a card. Simply open up the wings to reveal the message on the inside. You can personalize the butterfly card further by writing additional messaging on the inside of the card.
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Video Tutorial: How to make this simple Butterfly Card
Watch the video below for a step by step guide on how to make this simple butterfly Mother’s Day card with our card template.
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