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Pipe Cleaner Butterflies

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Get the kids involved with this butterfly craft from Emi Harrington. Use inexpensive pipe cleaners and beads to create many variations of butterfly, each on unique. Once you learn how to make butterflies, you can branch out to dragonflies too!

Pipe Cleaner Butterfly

Materials:

For one butterfly:

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

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Instructions:

  1. Make the body: Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Fold up the folded end up a bit so the beads won’t pass through.
     
  2. Place 5 pony beads on through both ends of the pipe cleaner.
     
  3. Place the larger bead, or button on to form the head. Push all the beads to the bottom (folded end) of the pipe cleaners.
     
  4. Form the 2 ends of the pipe cleaner into spirals to form the antennae.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. 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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