Explore the beauty of butterflies with this butterfly suncatcher kids’ craft inspired by the Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. The free printable template and tutorial for an easy, mess-free craft makes butterfly kids craft.
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A few weeks ago, my family attended Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. While we were there we visited the GoGoSqueeZ butterfly house. My daughter has talked about butterflies almost every day since. It turns out, they also have butterfly caterpillars in her preschool class. So the timing to visit the Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ was on point.
Since she is already watching the butterfly lifecycle at school and is very interested in it, I decided we would make a butterfly suncatcher together to go along with what she is learning in class. She loves making suncatchers, and they look so pretty hanging in the window.
Butterfly Suncatcher Craft
My daughters have always had fun making suncatcher crafts. Over the years we have made a bunch of different sun catchers including a pumpkin suncatcher, a school bus suncatcher, a ghost suncatcher, a stars suncatcher, a shamrock suncatcher, a hearts suncatcher, a cheetah suncatcher, a B is for butterfly sun catcher and more. Clearly, my daughters enjoy making these, and this one was just as fun to make.
Unlike our B is for butterfly suncatcher, which is shaped like the letter “B,” this one is shaped like a butterfly so we were able to talk about all of the parts of the butterfly – forewings, hindwings, antennae, head, thorax and abdomen.
- Black construction paper
- Free butterfly template (below)
- Contact paper
- Tissue paper in various colors
Download the free butterfly template HERE
Print the free butterfly template directly onto the black paper. It will show up enough on black construction paper to see it and cut out the template. If you have standard 9×12 construction paper, you may need to trim it slightly to fit your printer.
Mom’s job – carefully cut out the butterfly outline.
Cut tissue paper into long strips 1-1.5 inches wide. I used one strip of each color from the short side of the tissue paper I had, and it was more than enough.
Kid’s job – practice scissor skills by cutting the tissue paper into small rectangles approximately 1-1.5 inches long. This is great scissor practice because it does not matter if the tissue bits are uneven or of various sizes. It’s my daughter’s favorite part.
Lay the butterfly outline on a piece of contact paper (I use the cheap stuff from the Dollar Store) with the printed side of the butterfly and the sticky side of the contact paper facing up. Have your child place tissue paper piece inside the butterfly wings.
Once your child is done filling in the wings, place another piece of contact paper on top of the project sealing the butterfly and tissue paper between the sticky sides of the contact paper. Carefully trim around the butterfly, leaving a small border of contact paper to keep the project sealed inside.
The prettier side will be the bottom, not the side where the tissue paper pieces were laid down.
Hang in any window with some clear tape and enjoy.
We Love GoGo SqueeZ
GoGo SqueeZ is the official applesauce of Walt Disney World. My family loves GoGo SqueeZ pouches because of the variety of yummy flavors, and I love them because they are made without preservatives or artificial flavors. We just discovered the GoGo SqueeZ Big SqueeZ pouches at Epcot, which are 33% bigger than regular GoGo Squeeze pouches.
The Goodness Garden Butterfly House Presented by GoGo squeeZ is a beautiful garden offering a kaleidoscopic view of butterflies up close, in all their extraordinary color and an array of healthy plants blooming as kids will learn how some of our fruits and veggieZ are grown. If you haven’t had a chance to visit, you can follow us inside the butterfly house during our visit to check it out.
Learn more about the butterfly house and get my free printable butterfly lifecycle activity pages to go along with your butterfly suncatcher craft. You can also learn more about what’s new at Epcot’s Flower And Garden Festival for 2021 including how construction and Covid protocols make a difference. (Hint, they aren’t all bad!)