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Never, when staring at an empty toilet paper roll, did you believe that it could grow into a beautiful butterfly. Well, start believing because the Beaded Butterfly Beauty from Amanda Formaro is a toilet paper roll craft. These fun projects are darling and a bit funny when you think of where they came from. But real butterflies come from caterpillars, so it's not that far off. Kids can make these simple butterfly crafts inexpensively, so let the fluttering begin.


  • Recycled cardboard tube
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Pony beads, various colors
  • Craft paint
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Note: Adults should handle the hot glue gun. White craft glue can be used as an alternative, just keep in mind that it will require drying time.


  1. Flatten the cardboard tube, and then cut it in half. Each cardboard tube can make 4 butterflies.

  2. Paint cardboard tube inside and out and allow to dry.

  3. Bend pipe cleaner in half and thread on 6 pony beads. Trim the end of the pipe cleaner for antennae.

  4. Cut cardboard tubes into 1/2" strips. Bend strips about two-thirds the way down to create a small and large loop. Lay tubes next to each other and glue together. Glue the beaded body to the top of the cardboard tube wings.

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Kids will love making these and so simple and such great instructions! For further fun, you could trim out these wings with some metalic trim, or even cover with fabric and glitter! I am wondering if a cut up plastic bottle would also work, although it may bit be flexible enough. This would look cute hanging from fishline in a row as a pretty garland to decorate a room, or as a streamer for baby to look at from the crib. Fun idea!

Very cute and easy to do.

I made these and loved them.

Simply beautiful

great craft for or girl


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