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Stained glass butterfly craft

on April 15, 2014

Stained glass butterfilesButterflies are such a lovely symbol of spring, so I thought it would be fun to make a “stained glass” butterfly-themed craft this week.

This craft is simple to make, but it does require a bit more parental participation since it involves an Exact-o knife and a hot iron. Here’s what you’ll need in the way of supplies:

  • Black cardstock paper
  • A white pencil crayon
  • An Exact-o knife
  • Wax paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue

To assemble your butterfly, follow these steps:

Butterfly template1) Create a template of the shape you wish to use, and trace it on to your black cardstock. I’ve included the template for my butterfly here, and you’re more than welcome to use it.





Cut out template2) Once you have your outline on the black paper, use your white pencil crayon to draw the “cut-outs” that will be filled with coloured tissue later. Use your Exact-o knife to cut them out.

3) Take a piece of wax paper that’s twice the size of your project, then fold it in half. Open it up and fill one side with torn pieces of tissue paper. When it’s filled and arranged the way you like, fold over the other half of the waxed paper. Place it between two towels and iron until the waxed paper has melted enough to stick together.

4) Glue your black “frame” over the waxed paper/tissue paper and cut away the excess.

5) Tape on a window to add some instant “art” and colour when the sun shines!

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