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Majestic Clothespin Butterflies

Updated September 18, 2023

Clothespin crafts for kids are all the rage right now because they are simple and fun. These Majestic Clothespin Butterflies are the perfect project idea for your little ones to do because kids love butterfly crafts. This is such a neat idea for creating colorful butterflies! Your little crafters will have a blast with this project. Kids always love to paint crazy designs, and now they get to do that while they make some of the cutest and most unique butterflies ever. Crafting does not get any better than this!


Majestic Clothespin Butterflies


  • 2 round slotted clothespins (also called doll pins)
  • Black paint
  • 2 tiny googly eyes
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • 1 sheet of copy paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • White craft glue


  1. Paint the clothespins black and set aside to dry.

    Majestic Clothespin Butterflies
  2. Paint the piece of paper with the watercolor paints. Don't leave any white areas; paint the whole thing and be as colorful as you can! Set aside to dry.

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  3. Glue the googly eyes onto the clothespin. Then set aside to dry.

    Majestic Clothespin Butterflies
  4. When the pieces of painted paper are dry, cut the painted paper in half so that you have two 5"x8" (approximately) pieces.

    Majestic Clothespin Butterflies
  5. Starting at the 5" side, fold paper up accordion style. Repeat for the second painted paper.

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  6. Stretch the paper out. With the clothespin laying on the table, insert the 5" side of the paper, painted side facing up, into the clothespin's slot.

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  7. Gather the paper up into the slot by pulling and pushing the paper a little at a time. Spread the wings out and shape them.

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  8. Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Wrap it around the neck of the clothespin so that the open ends are in the back.Twist it closed around the neck.

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  9. Bend the two ends up so that the stick up behind the head. Trim to desired length for your antennae.

    Majestic Clothespin Butterflies
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I remember making these when I was a kid and hanging them all over the house. Some crafts never lose their appeal!

Or maybe I can just buy printed paper or gift wrappers so I don't have to paint it anymore.

or you could use lace or fabric scraps and starch them after you stitch down the middle, pull, and insert them into the doll clothespin.

This little butterfly is so adorable! I could see adding some glitter applied with thinned whit glue to the wings! Hang several, with clear fishline or thread to fly from the ceiling or string them along like a garland and hang over baby's crib or even from the mantel! Kids will love making these, and even make one to keep and one to give to a friend! So,pretty and so fun to create!


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