Hands On: Butterfly Puppet

Olivera Bratich
The butterfly is easy to assemble from common household staples.

This spring project incorporates all the classic materials of kids crafts—paper plates, cardboard tubes and ice pop sticks—into an interactive handmade toy that provides fun at assembly time and playtime alike.


  • Cardboard tube (empty paper towel or toilet paper roll)
  • Paper plate
  • Paints
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Ice pop stick
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Paint the cardboard tube a solid color. Let it dry. This will be the body of the butterfly.
  2. Cut out the center circle of a paper plate, trimming away any ridged edges.
  3. Decorate the paper plate circle with colorful painted patterns and designs. Nothing needs to be uniform, and each creation will be one of a kind—just like the wings of a butterfly. Let it dry.
  4. Turn over the paper plate and draw a large “X” on the back. You will keep two sections and cut away the other two. Before you cut, rather than letting the sections you plan to keep come to a point in the middle, leave a 2-inch “bridge” between the sections. This will make it easier to glue the wings to the body.
  5. Give your butterfly eyes, pipe-cleaner antennae and a mouth or other facial features.
  6. Glue the wings to the back of the butterfly body.
  7. Glue an ice pop stick halfway into the bottom of the tube body. When it's dry, you can make the butterfly “fly” through the air.


OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more. Winter hours of operation are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go towhollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.