Tissue Paper Butterfly Crafts for Preschool

Today we are sharing a beautiful butterfly craft for kids that we made using tissue paper shapes. My kids love butterflies and have been spotting them around everywhere now that it's warm outside. We recently went a nature walk looking for butterflies and other pollinators. We were surprised to see several different kinds of butterflies with different colors and designs. Use this free printable template to make your very own colorful butterfly while learning shapes too!
Tissue Paper Butterfly - this is such a fun, cute, and easy to make craft for kids. Spring crafts, summer crafts for kids for toddler, preschool, prek, kindergarten, first grade.

I love doing crafts with tissue paper. There's so many ways to use it! We recently did a tissue paper dragonfly craft and just love the way it turned out, so we were excited to use a similar method to make some beautiful yes simple butterflies.

Butterfly Crafts for Preschool

Butterfly Crafts for Preschool


  • butterfly printable template (outline I used or various templates at bottom of post)
  • black crayon
  • tissue paper in different colors
  • scissors
  • school glue (and a bit of water)
  • small bowl or plate
  • paint brush
Print the butterfly template then cut out tissue paper in a few different shapes: rectangle, square, oval, circle, and triangle.

HINT: Stack the tissue paper to cut many shapes at a time.

use black crayons to make designs on the butterfly wings

First, use a black crayon to make designs on your butterfly wings.

butterfly art projects

Next, spread some glue across the top of the butterfly

Begin to lay tissue paper on top of the glue to fill in the butterfly shape. Don't worry if the tissue paper goes over the black lines you drew, they will be revealed later more in a later step.

butterfly crafts for toddlers

Continue until the wings are deigned to your liking. It's OK if the edges aren't stuck down at this point, because that comes next.

use a glue water wash over the top to blend the colors

After the wings are filled in, it is time to use the thinner glue in the bowl. Use a paint brush with the glue to smooth the tissue paper pieces pieces and edges down.

HINT: I also put some glue in a shallow bowl and added just a little bit of water to make it more spreadable for use with a paintbrush.

You'll see that as you paint the watery glue over the tissue paper, the black lines that were drawn earlier are seen again and has a really neat effect.

butterfly craft

Let dry completely, and then cut the butterfly out.

Isn't it pretty!?

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Emily formerly taught extra-curricular activities with elementary school children and now stays at home with her two young boys. She loves to get out exploring and learning alongside them. More about their adventures and activities can be found at To be A Kid Again, where Emily shares hands-on learning ideas, crafts, family fun, and more. You can also find To be a Kid Again on FacebookPinterestInstagram, and Google+

Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.