What you need:

  • Colourful Leaves, Small Branches, Berries, Thistles, Pinecones etc. (What can you find in your neighbourhood?)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White cardstock
  • Spray Preservative

We tried to find as many bright and colourful leaves as we could. The bolder the better! Lay your leaves out and start looking for colours and patterns that compliment each other. Grab two that work together. Use one for for the top half and one for the bottom.

Sometimes your leaves will resemble wings naturally, and you won’t have to cut them. But don’t be afraid to cut them to get the shapes you want!

Once you have your upper and lower wings (usually 4 pieces) you can start laying them out on your cardstock. We like to lay out all my butterfly pieces before we glue things down, just to make sure things are looking good. If you don’t like how it looks, you can easily trim certain pieces, or swap out others.j

Find pieces to make your butterfly’s body, head (optional) and antennae. You can use so many different things from nature – small pine cones, twigs, berries, tiny flowers. Get creative – there are no rules!

Once you’re happy with the butterfly shape you’ve created, start gluing the pieces onto cardstock.

We used Aleene’s Tacky Glue and it worked really well! It’s sticky enough that the pieces stay in position much better than regular white glue (although white glue is also an option). And since it doesn’t dry right away you have time to move the leaves and sticks slightly if you need to re-adjust once you lay them down.

We glued the bottom wings first, then layered on the upper wings on top.

Next, add your body, head and finally the antennae!

Take walk around your neighborhood or through a park and see what’s around! You’ll be amazed at how many neat little plants you find!