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Handprint Butterfly Craft for Kids with Template!

If you are a fan of easy crafts and great keepsakes, then I’m sure you’ll love this next tutorial. With just a few craft supplies, you can make butterfly handprints out of your kids or students’ little hands.

Then you can hang the handprint butterflies and use them as decorations or have the child write a little message on the backside and give them as a Mother’s Day crafts or a Father’s Day card.

This is a fun craft to do at home with kids or at school with your students during the spring or summer season. Kids will have a lot of fun seeing their handprints come to life while practicing their fine motor skills!

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After the step-by-step instructions, you’ll find a free template to download and print at the bottom of the post.

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How to Make a Handprint Butterfly Craft

Yield: 1 handprint butterfly
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Using a child's set of handprints, you can make a cute handprint art project to give as a gift or to use for decorations!



  1. Choose 3 or 4 different colors of craft paper. If you only have white card stock, you could always use acrylic paints to add bright colors to the butterfly. butterfly paper craft paper
  2. Download and print out the free butterfly template below on regular copy paper. Cut each piece out and use the cutouts to trace the template patterns on the desired color construction paper with a pencil. Then cut out the traced patterns. Trace around your child's hand and cut two sets of handprints out of different colors (or you can use the handprint templates provided).making butterfly craft
  3. Glue the small horizontal pieces onto the butterfly body base to create a stripped butterfly's body.butterfly craft tutorial
  4. The next step is to glue the butterfly's antennae cutouts on the top side of the butterfly's head butterfly head Or you can always use pipe cleaners.
  5. Glue the head on the top side of the butterfly's body.easy butterfly craft tutorial
  6. If using the sets of handprints from the free template, glue the larger handprints on the backside of the body base to create the top butterfly's to make butterfly paper
  7. Repeat with the smaller pair of hand-prints to make the lower set of wings.butterfly craft with handprints
  8. Now make the face of the papercraft butterfly. You can use a Sharpie or black marker to draw on the eyes and smile. Or use other art supplies like googly eyes or pom poms to create depth. Get creative!easy butterfly paper craft
  9. Use scissors or a hole punch to cut out small round and teardrop shapes (or use other sparkly supplies like sequins or buttons). Glue them on the handprint wings to decorate the cute butterfly handprint craft! handprint butterfly template
  10. The beautiful butterfly is all ready to give as a gift. Make a bunch of butterfly paper handprints and attach fishing wire behind them to hang from the ceiling. Or glue a popsicle stick to the back to use as a butterfly paper butterfly instructions


Download the butterfly craft template below.

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If you are a fan of crafts using little handprints, make sure to check out our Valentine handprint wreath, Mother’s Day handprint printables, or more fun ideas here.

Butterfly Handprint Craft Template

As with all my free printables, these are for personal use only! Please no selling or redistributing of PDF files or digital downloads. Thank you!

Simply click on the download button below and the butterfly pattern template should automatically download. Print on white copy paper and use as templates.

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