Let’s make butterfly suncatchers! This colorful tissue paper butterfly suncatcher craft is a fun and easy spring craft idea for kids of all ages. Making tissue paper butterflies takes just a few craft supplies that you probably already have. Kids can make a fun butterfly craft for the classroom or at home. I love how these cheerful butterfly suncatchers brighten up the windows.

Butterfly Suncatcher Craft for Kids - colorful butterfly suncatcher hanging on a window with words: Butterfly Craft for Kids
Let’s make a butterfly suncatcher!

ButterFly Suncatcher Craft for Kids

This easy tissue paper craft is great for kids to to make at home, school, or camp. This craft would also be great to add to your letter b learning activities for preschool and kindergarten to help your child learn their alphabet as well.

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In this simple craft, the black painted craft stick contrasts perfectly with the vibrant rainbow colored tissue paper. Make several of these butterflies and cluster them together varying the colors of each butterfly. Aren’t the butterfly suncatchers colorful and pretty hanging in the window? Pssst…they make a great kid-made gift too!

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How to Make a Butterfly with Tissue Paper

Butterfly Suncatcher Craft for Kids supplies needed - shown twine, bubble wrap, tissue paper and black painted craft stick
Just a few supplies and you will be crafting a butterfly suncatcher!

Supplies Needed To Make Butterfly Suncatchers

Don’t be afraid to substitute what you might have on hand at home there are so many different ways and different looks that can make a beautiful 3D paper butterfly craft!

Directions to Make Tissue Paper Butterflies

Step 1

Step 1 - How to make a butterfly suncatcher with tissue paper and bubble wrap
Use mod podge to add tissue paper squares to the bubble wrap!

After gathering supplies, instruct kids to decoupage the tissue paper squares onto the bubble wrap with Mod Podge and a brush. Kids get a kick out of decoupaging bubble wrap and probably won’t be able to resist popping a small bit!

We used tissue paper in beautiful colors like white, yellow, red, green, blue, purple, red and orange tissue paper sheets. Let kids choose their own specific colors for unlimited variations in butterfly designs.

Step 2

While the bubble wrap is drying, invite your child to paint their craft sticks black. I have also seen wooden pegs used instead of a popsicle stick which will result in a little heavier final butterfly.

Step 3

When the bubble wrap is dry, cut it into the shape of a butterfly’s wings, then put a small fold in it and secure with hot glue.

Glue the colorful bubble wrap wings to the back of the craft stick.

Step 4

Butterfly Suncatcher Craft for Kids step 3 - attaching the wings to the back of the craft stick butterfly body
Add a fold in the wings so your butterfly looks more realistic.

Using hot glue (or other type of glue) add black twine or yarn  antennae to the back of the craft stick.

Your Finished Butterfly Suncatcher Craft

Butterfly Suncatcher Craft for Kids hanging in the window after the craft is complete
Our finished butterfly suncatchers look so pretty in the window!

Hang the butterfly suncatchers in your window and the whole family can enjoy! What a pretty window ornament.

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Stand back and look at your simple butterfly craft masterpiece. It makes me want to fill the window with tissue paper butterflies!

Yield: 3 rainbow butterflies

Make a Butterfly Suncatcher

butterfly suncatcher craft for kids

Transform tissue paper, bubble wrap and a craft stick into these colorful and lovely Rainbow Butterfly Suncatchers

Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost under $5


  • Black twine
  • Black paint
  • Bubble wrap
  • Wide craft sticks
  • Tissue paper, cut into 1 inch squares
  • Glue


  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun


  1. Gather supplies together.
  2. Give kids the tissue paper squares and a sheet of bubble wrap.
  3. Have them paint the mod podge on the bubble wrap and then lay the colorful squares on top creating a colorful rainbow collage.
  4. Set aside to dry.
  5. Paint the craft stick black.
  6. Once dried, cut the tissue paper bubble wrap into wings and glue to the back of the craft stick folding the winds slightly at the body.
  7. Add black twine antennae to the butterfly.
  8. Hang in the window!

Step by Step Pictures for Butterfly Sun Catcher Craft

Butterfly Suncatcher Craft for Kids - step by step instructions for simple suncatcher craft
Here are the simple steps to making your own butterfly suncatchers!

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  1. I love this easy butterfly sun catcher craft for preschool and Kindergarten. Kids love the bubble wrap! And they are so pretty hanging at home in the window. Let’s make suncatchers!