Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly. Make this adorable butterfly craft from recycled toilet paper roll tubes, a glue gun, and paint.
Anyone else save all the things because you might be able to “make something with it someday”?
When we moved last year it became apparently clear that I am a craft supply and recycling hoarder of supplies. I ended up actually recycling a lot of it because I hadn’t used those supplies in years. But I do hang on to a few toilet paper and paper towel rolls (along with glass jars), just in case I need them for crafts!
Today I am going to show you how to make these adorable butterflies from a toilet paper roll. They are easy to make and can be done by a fun project for grown ups or kids!
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Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly
- Toilet Paper Roll (or Paper Towel Roll)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Paint and Paintbrush
- Wire (optional)
Create Cardboard Strips
Start by flattening the toilet paper tube.
Mark every 1/2″ on the tube with a ruler and pencil.
Use scissors to cut strips from the tube using the marks you made with a guide. They don’t have to be perfectly straight.
Glue Strips Together
Take two of the folded strips and glue them together near the bottom fold. Repeat this step to create two sets of butterfly wings.
Note: You can also use regular glue to assemble the butterfly. I would recommend a quick-drying glue like Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue. Use clothespins to hold the pieces together while they dry.
You will now have 5 strips leftover to create the body of the butterfly, you will need three of these strips.
Cut one of the strips at each fold line to create two pieces. Then, fold the piece in half and glue at the bottom to hold the folded piece together.
For the other two uncut strips, fold each in half a second time and hot glue in the middle of the fold to create a V shape.
Assemble the body. You will have a top and bottom half. Glue one of the cut strips inside the folded strip. Glue the top and bottom halves together.
Paint Cardboard PIeces
Paint the butterfly pieces. I started by painting the body a light brown and the wings a navy color. Let it dry.
I love sparkle and shimmer so I added Dragonfly Glaze to the wings. I did two light coats over the navy paint.
Once the Dragonfly Glaze was dry, I added Glitterific paint to the edges of the wings. I find it is best to dip the paintbrush directly in the bottle to get good coverage.
Note: You could also use glue and glitter to create a similar effect on the wings. Dip the edge of the wing in glue and then into your glitter.
Once everything is dry, glue the butterfly together. Use hot glue to attach the wings to the body.
I used some wire to create an antenna for the butterfly. I bent the wire in half and then rolled the ends using the handle of the paint brush. Hot glue the antenna to the backside of the butterfly. This isn’t necessary but adds a fun touch.
I love using what I have to create something fun in the craft room. I think it would be beautiful to create a bunch of these butterflies and make a hanging mobile out of them.
This recycled craft is part of Creative Crafts Recycle Edition. Creative Crafts is a series hosted by Me and My INKlings and Makeable Crafts. Guest host this time is Creatively Beth. Some of your favorite crafters come together to create crafts around a specific theme! Be sure to check the hosts’ blogs all week for more easy and quick recycling crafts.
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