Today, we have the coolest butterfly templates, but not just any butterfly template. We love string art projects for kids and are always looking for good string art templates. Today we are going to show you how we use our butterfly template coloring pages as a string art template. This string art butterfly is beautiful and works great for older kids at home or in the classroom.

Butterfly template- A pink and green string art butterfly on a painted wood board.
Let’s make nail string art using a coloring page template!

Butterfly String ARt Project for Kids

Let’s use coloring pages as string art patterns to make a butterfly. We are showing you how to make three butterfly string art ideas using a butterfly outline coloring page. Click the button to download our butterfly template needed to make this beautiful string art:

Related: Beautiful Free Printable Butterfly Coloring Pages

We are going to start with a beginner DIY string art butterfly. Then we will do two more that are slightly more complicated but still follow the coloring page lines. These string art creations are perfect for everyone, from little kids who might need assistance to teenagers and adults who want to make one on their own.

Related: The best butterfly craft ideas around!

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Supplies to make butterfly string art including a butterfly outline coloring page, embroidery thread, wood, and nails. Butterfly template- kids activities blog
Supplies to make butterfly string art.

Supplies Needed to Make Butterfly String Art

Instructions for butterfly string art Craft

Butterfly template-Nails being hammered around a butterfly outline to make string art. Coloring pages make great string art templates.
Hammer nails around the butterfly outline of the coloring page.

Step 1 – Create Your String Art Template

Print out the butterfly outline coloring page and place it onto the piece of wood.

Note: We decided to paint our wood first. This is completely optional.

Using the hammer, tap the nails about 1 centimeter apart around the outline. The nails should stand at least 3/4 of a centimeter above the board to wind the embroidery thread around.

You can make this as easy or as difficult as you like. At the bottom, you will find images of the three different versions of the butterfly we made:

  1. The first one we hammered nails into just the outline.
  2. For the second one, we divided the wings for more color.
  3. For the third butterfly, we used more color on the butterfly wings by hammering nails along some of the other lines.
Step 1- Butterfly template- Butterfly coloring pages nailed to wood to use as string art templates.
Butterfly coloring pages used as DIY string art templates

Step 2

Once you have hammered nails all the way around the string art template carefully remove the paper. Gently pull up the paper on all sides and lift it. It will pull away from the nails.

Step 2- Butterfly template-A DIY string art butterfly being made with blue embroidery thread.
Wind thread around nails hammered into the wood to make string art.

Step 3

Choose your colors of embroidery thread. Tie an end to one of the nails and then zig-zag the thread back and forth across all the nails. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

Wind a contrasting color around the outline of your project to finish it off.

Tie off the end of the thread to a nail and push the ends underneath the string art to hide them.

Craft tip: You might need to push the thread down the nails a little though, especially as you change colors for different sections of the wings (pictured below).

Finished Butterfly template-DIY string art butterflies made in a variety of colors for kids of different ages.
DIY butterfly string art from easy to more difficult for kids of various ages.

Our finished DIY string art butterfly projects

We absolutely love how the three versions of our butterfly string art turned out!

How to make butterfly string art Using Our Butterfly Template

Using a butterfly coloring page as a string art template, follow the steps above to create beautiful butterfly string art to hang on your wall. Our butterfly template will allow you to make the most beautiful art. But if you’ve already tried out our butterfly template and ready for another template than we have so many for you to choose from!

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Butterfly String Art

Butterfly String Art

A DIY string art butterfly for kids to make using coloring pages as templates.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • Wood blocks - square or rectangular
  • Wire nails
  • Embroidery thread
  • Butterfly coloring page
  • Paint and paintbrush (optional)


  • Hammer
  • Scissors


  1. Print out the butterfly coloring page.
  2. Place it on top of the wood and hammer nails around the template outline about 1 centimeter apart and so they stand up from the wood at least 3/4 of a centimeter.
  3. Carefully remove the paper from the nails.
  4. Tie a piece of embroidery thread to one nail and wind it back and forth across all nails. Change colors for the center and outline. Tie it off at the end and tuck any stray ends underneath.

String art patterns coloring pages From Kids Activities Blog

Done with the butterfly template? We have over 250 coloring pages here on Kids Activities Blog that you can choose from to use as string art patterns, but here are a few of our favorites:

More string craft projects and more art from Kids Activities Blog

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