Hands On Crafts for Kids
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By Julie McGuffee


Main supplies:

  • Pacon® KolorFast® tissue paper – assorted colors
  • Pacon® iridescent cellophane
  • Black clay
  • Wire stem – 18 gauge and 24 gauge
  • Fiskars® hole punch

    Basics supplies:

  • Fiskars® Diagonal cutter
  • Fine tip black marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


1. Cut two 1” pieces of clay from the block of clay. Knead, and then roll into balls for the head and body. Cut a large piece to roll into a cone shape for the tail.
2. Cut a 4” piece from the 18 gauge wire stem. Insert the end of the long stem up through the tail of the large clay piece then through both round pieces (head, body). The wire should extend about 2” from the head for one antenna. Push the small, 4” piece of wire through the head and into the body. This will be the second antenna and will also prevent the clay from swiveling on the wire stem. Let clay dry overnight. REMEMBER: Always wash your hands after working with clay.
3. Cut a 7” x 4” rectangle from cellophane and tissue paper. Cut a 5” x 4” rectangle from cellophane and a second color of tissue paper. Using scissors, round the corners of the rectangles. Use the hole punch to punch holes along the outside edges of the tissue paper then use a marker to add decorative swirls.
4. Lay the larger cellophane piece on top of the same size tissue. Fold in half then using your fingers gather the tissue paper and cellophane together at the center. Wrap with a 6” piece of thin 24 gauge wire stem. Repeat with the small rectangle to make a second, smaller set of wings.
5. Secure the wings to the butterfly body by wrapping the ends of the wire between the body and tail parts.


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