Kids love butterflies ¦they fly in the most enchanting way and have the most beautifully colored wings ¦and like kids they never seem to stay still for long. This simple butterfly mobile is made with felt, beads and wire. The wire can be easily hung from beds, walls, windows or lamps ¦ and beading on wire is a great activity for kids as wire is much easier to hold and bead onto than string ¦and of course it’s great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills and a great way to develop concentration.
WHAT YOU NEED
Artificial flower stamen for antennas
24 gauge wire
Before you start cut out a butterfly shape, body and spots. If you want you can use this butterfly_template .
Glue spots into place. Bend flower stamen in half and glue beneath butterfly’s body as shown above.
Curl one end of your wire into a spiral then bend the wire at a right angle to the spiral.
Bead the wire leaving 3″ tail of unbeaded wire. Make the 3″ tail into a circle wrapping the end of the circle several times around the wire to secure it firmly.
Glue the wire coil underneath the butterfly ¦and your butterfly mobile’s complete:
If you prefer you can cut out your butterfly wings from paper and get your kids to color the wings. It’s a great idea to get kids to look at photos of butterflies and notice the colors and patterns of their wings before they design their own butterflies. Use cardboard from the back of a cereal box for the body.
Looking for more bead and wire crafts? Check out my Beaded Garden Bugs post for another fun craft.