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Butterfly Suncatchers

By: Jillian Kousins for
Updated July 31, 2023
Butterfly Suncatchers
Butterfly Suncatchers
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Let the light shine in through these lovely Butterfly Suncatchers. Paper crafts for kids like these wonderful decorative crafts make stunning classroom decorations and gifts for family members. Using the free printable template, kids can cut and paste their way to a gorgeous decorative craft. Just imagine how gorgeous this butterfly will look when the sun streams through the window! With tissue paper crafts like these, you simply can't go wrong.
Fun Facts About Butterflies:
One of the reasons you're looking for butterfly craft ideas is probably because you want to teach your kids about them in a really fun way. Well, if you make the beautiful Butterfly Suncatchers, then you also talk to your kids about these awesome butterfly facts. Butterflies are wondrous creatures that flit in and out of our garden with their light and brilliant-colored wings. Share your appreciation for them with your children by making some cute butterfly crafts for kids and sharing some butterfly knowledge.
1. There are about 265,000 species of butterflies and moths, but only about 20,000 are butterflies. That's still a lot of butterflies!
2. The largest butterfly in the world is the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing. It is from Papua New Guinea and as a wingspan up to 1 foot. Wow! The smallest butterfly in the world is thought to be the Pigmy Blue from the United States and it's about 1.5 cm across the wings (less than an inch). 
3. The process by which a caterpillar changes into a butterfly is called metamorphosis. It's completed in 10-15 days depending on the species.
4. Butterflies are related to crabs and lobsters! It's because they have exoskeletons, which means they have skeletons outside of their bodies.
5. Butterflies are essentially cold-blooded and  they cannot fly until their bodies are warmed by the sun. Color can help a butterfly with their temperature control. Dark colors absorb more heat than light colors and some butterflies have a shiny underside to their wings, which can help them reflect heat.
Wow! Aren't butterflies the coolest?

Time to CompleteUnder an hour


Primary TechniquePaper Crafts



Age GroupToddlers, Preschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School


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When I was a kid in school I just loved making pretend stain glass and it really always gave a lovely effect the sun alway seemed to pick it up lovely! I just have to try these with my Niece especially seem as it's coming into summer and you can start to see butterflies combining out and about again!

How can such a pretty craft come from black construction paper and tissue paper. Such a great idea. I will have to make these with my grand kids for a summer project and I will suggest it to their teachers when school starts. The kids will love this.I cannot wait to see the colors they come up with. I bet these Butterfly suncatchers will be beautiful. Anyone got one that can be put outside?

My daughter would love to hang these on the window.

This was a fun weekend craft I made with my kids and they are perfect decorations in their rooms!

It woud be helpful to know exactly where to find the butterfly pattern as the vast majority of patterns are not suitable for this project.

Hi JeannieBee! Thank you for bringing that to our attention. A download link for a butterfly template has been added. Happy crafting!


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