DIY butterfly Valentine Craft


I look forward to Valentine's Day every year. Everything is kept in pink and red and it just brightens up the gloomy winter days so that you can hope that the sun will (hopefully) shine again in a few weeks. Plus chocolate and fresh flowers are pretty much mandatory and that's good for me!

Last weekend my youngest and I started a Valentine's Day craft that he will take to school to share with his classmates.

First we painted the clothespins red on both sides. This step is optional if you're in a hurry, but I felt the end product would look better this way.

After the paint was dry, we applied a layer of glue and red glitter to one side. We then applied a layer of Modge Podge over the side with the glitter so it doesn't flake off.

Greasing the clothes pegs in the glitter was probably his favorite part of the whole craft.

Next, he cut the pipe cleaners in half. He really enjoyed it for some reason.

The hardest part was putting the pipe cleaners around the cone bag with two straight ends so the antenna looked good.

After the pipe cleaner was on, we rounded the ends around a pencil. The next step was to tighten the paper clip. We did this step before we put our eyes on to prevent the eyes from sticking to the wrong end of the clothespin. Of course, he's the joker, when one of the eyes detached from the butterfly he was working on, he said it was a Cyclops butterfly and he would give it to his best friend.

He said he didn't want to write "on" and "from" on them so it would be a secret. If you want, you can write a greeting on the bottom of the clothespin. He was such a good sport and he really enjoyed working on this project with his mother.

The finished product!

Overall, this was a quick and easy craft that could be completed in about 40 minutes. Here's what you need to get started!

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– one for every Valentine's Day you make

– Pipe Cleaners – These are cut in half so that you only need half of your valentine number

-glitter (or not :))

Candy in a bag (we used a valentine package that I picked up from BIG LOTS). If you can't find one, you can make your own with snack-sized ziplock bags and a red or pink candy.

-Googly eyes

-Glue

-modge podge

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