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How To Make A Butterfly Out Of Sticks And Leaves

We love this easy stick and leaf butterfly craft activity from Artsy Crafty Mom. It’s also a great excuse for a nature walk! Children love collecting objects such as rocks, flowers, leaves, branches and seeds. This Stick and Leaf Butterfly can be easily made with fresh leaves, twigs and flower petals.

You Will Need:

  • Twigs & sticks
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Black Marker
  • Chalk markers in bright colours

Firstly, gather items on your nature walk – Artsy Crafty Mom has a rule to not pick any item that’s still growing and we definitely agree. Anything that’s fallen on the ground is OK to be picked up but no plucking leaves & flowers.

Once home, find a place where you can spread out your treasures to decide what sort of butterflies you’d like to make. Artsy Crafty Mom decided to use simple sticks and some not too dry leaves. Leave the leaves and flowers pressed overnight in a thick bound book.

Using liquid chalk markers, make colourful patterns on the leaves. You could draw lines, squiggles or dots. Two big leaves & 2 small leaves works well for a butterfly.

Using the scissors, cut the twig to size. If you have 2-inch leaves, keep the stick about 3 to 4 inches long. You could make a tiny incision to the top of the stick and open it up to reveal a Y shape. This will form the butterfly’s tentacles. You could use a black marker to highlight the Y shape. Using a glue gun, stick the two larger leaves to the twig as shown. Let dry.

Then stick on two smaller leaves and your Stick and Leaf Butterfly is ready!