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DIY "Stained Glass" Butterfly

DIY "Stained Glass" Butterfly

DIY Stained Glass Butterfly
July 15, 2020

With summer in full swing, many more species of butterflies and moths are appearing in the landscape around us. Evoke those bold summertime colors and create your own prismatic butterfly with this fun activity!

DIY Stained Glass Butterfly
Gather Your Supplies:

  • Butterfly outline, preferably printed on cardstock: PDF icon Download it here.
  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • Laminating sheets or contact paper
  • Scissors and/or X-Acto knife 

DIY Stained Glass Butterfly
Step 1: 

Cut out the butterfly outline. Hint: it’s easier to cut into the black line a bit than to go back and trim off any white edges.


DIY Stained Glass Butterfly
Step 2: 

Cut bits of tissue paper in random shapes, enough to fill the voids in the wings and body.


DIY Stained Glass Butterfly
Step 3: 

Expose the sticky side of the laminating sheet and press the butterfly outline onto it with the black print down.


DIY Stained Glass Butterfly
Step 4: 

Fill the wings and body by pressing the tissue paper pieces onto the laminating sheet.  Be sure not to leave any gaps!


DIY Stained Glass Butterfly
Step 5: 

Enclose your creation by placing another laminating sheet overtop of it. Cut out your butterfly and place it in the window! Make more than one and consider resizing the print to make different sized butterflies. Have fun!