Butterfly pair

Butterfly Canvas Craft

On a recent trip to the Smoky Mountains, I was lucky enough to capture this moment of two Pipevine Swallowtails sipping up a drink of Summer.  Their calm beauty inspired me to try a new craft with my little lady when we got home: a mixed-media canvas that is simple, Summery, and of course, butterfly-sweet.

Materials:

  • Patterned paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Canvas panel (like these)
  • Kids craft paints
  • Small craft paint brushes

craft canvas

Directions:

  • Paint a setting onto your canvas panel. Set aside to dry.
  • Pick different pieces of patterned paper and cut into a few 3-inch strips. Fold strips in half crosswise.
  • Draw a half-butterfly shape onto the underside of the paper so that the middle of the butterfly will be on the paper’s fold. Cut out butterfly shapes.

Butterfly stencil paper

  • Check to see if paint is dry. Once it is, take your paper butterflies and test where you might want to place them.
  • Once you’re sure about placement, glue the butterflies to the canvas using the hot glue gun. Take care to only glue their centers so you can achieve a pleasing 3-D effect. (I let my little artist to all of the steps except for this one.)

hot glue butterfly

  • Remove any stray glue strings.
  • Hang and enjoy!

Butterfly canvas

Hope you enjoy this simple way to craft your way into Summer!

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