Do the magazines and junk mail pile up at your house? They do here! This week we are having fun recycling some of that junk into crafts! This simple butterfly craft made from magazine pages is sure to brighten up any room, while leaving a few less pages in the magazine waiting to hit the recycle box.
We actually discovered this craft at the nature center, and we couldn’t wait to get home and make a few more butterflies to decorate the doors with.
To create your own butterfly from magazine pages:
You will need 2 magazine pages for each butterfly, plus one pipe cleaner.
Choose pages that are full of color, not just black and white text.
For the top wing you need to fold the paper diagonally and cut off the extra to create a square.
Then, starting at one corner of the square, fold the paper accordion-style. (Children under 5 may need help with this part!)
For the bottom wing, fold the magazine page in half and round off the corners with a pair of scissors.
Once you are finished it should look like the picture below. You will then fold this page accordion-style to create the bottom wing.
The final step is to wrap a pipe cleaner around both wings, twisting it tightly to hold them together. The top portion of the pipe cleaner will become antennae!
We’ve had lots of fun crafting with recyclables. These butterflies from recycled magazine pages are one of our favorites, and have really brightened up the house!