I can’t believe this is my last project for EyeConnect Crafts. I’ve had fun this past year crafting and creating, and I’m ending things on a high note with a beautiful Crepe Paper Butterfly!
Crepe Paper Butterfly
Butterflies are such delicate creatures and when I started gathering supplies for this project I wanted to be sure I picked a medium that relayed the texture and fragility of their wings. Crepe paper with its vein-like wrinkles fit that bill.
To get started with this project I covered the Monarch Totem with a layer of decoupage medium and then covered it with orange crepe paper (streamers).
Decoupage is so easy to work with that I was able to cover both sides of the wings easily.
After they were dry, I painted the butterfly’s body black and started trying to paint veins onto the wings. This was such a bad idea! No matter how thin the brush I couldn’t get it thin enough and opted to use a good old marker instead.
Lastly, I used the mini-brads to put the butterfly together and then added white dots of paint along the body.
It’s NOT the natural pattern of an actual Monarch butterfly, but it’s close enough for the kids to enjoy. They were amazed at how the texture of the crepe paper made the wings look so real!
Did you know Monarchs will be emerging from hibernation the next two months (February and March) to begin looking for a mate and starting their migration cycle?
You can learn more about Monarchs and how you can help them by visiting Save Our Monarchs.
- Totem Monarch
- orange crepe paper (streamers work)
- black and white paint
- mini brads-black
- black marker
- decoupage medium