Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Styrofoam Egg Carton: Flapping wings Butterfly

Styrofoam Egg Carton Butterfly

Ah! Finally I got to post about our wonderful Egg carton butterflies. We made some of them during CJ's fourth birthday(last year) and missed to post it. Last week, we created a family of butterfly for another project and thought its a good time to show case them.

Made from egg carton lids, these butterflies provide an inexpensive decor. Best way to upcycle and at the same time cost effective fun. The kids can flap the butterfly wings and they are fun to play with too!

Materials Used:

Styrofoam Egg cartons lids
Child Safe scissors
Pony Beads
Mod podge/Elmers no run glue
Acrylic paint
Gift wrap paper/Construction paper
Glue stick
Butterfly template/Cookie cutter

Steps Overview:

Take out the egg cartons from the recycle bin.

For the egg carton butterflies we just need the flat portion, the lid. Cut out the egg holding part and draw the butterfly template on the lid as shown below

Cut along the template and you will get a basic butterfly. CJ loved this one. She started playing with it! Butterfly! Butterfly! Flap your wings!

After the basic step, you can either paint the butterflies with Acrylic paint or decorate with paper.

Gift Wrap Paper/Construction paper Butterfly

Apply glue with a Glue stick and paste the construction paper/gift wrap paper on top of the basic butterfly shape.

Cut along the shape.

If needed add pipe cleaner antennas and decorate/embellish with paint. The advantage with this one is you can add your finger in the middle and make a butterfly puppet

Flapping Wings Egg carton Butterfly

Acrylic paint Butterfly

Draw the butterfly shape on the egg carton and Cut the butterfly shapes from the egg carton lid. CJ wanted a butterfly family, baby, mommy and Daddy. So for the baby, we used a cookie cutter on a smaller egg carton lid.

Paint the Butterfly bases with Acrylic paint

Embellish with Pony beads/Glitters! Let them Dry

After the paint dried, I drew outlines of the butterfly with acrylic paint!

You can make a cloud of Butterflies! and admire your work!

Do check out our life cycle of Butterfly post to see how we used the Styrofoam egg carton for stamping the various stages!

Stay tuned for a wonderful Heart project!


  1. a new reason to save egg cartons,yay! these are awesome, very clever idea!

  2. I need to start saving those packing peanuts. What a fun idea for a heart! And those egg carton butterflies are AMAZING! You have such a talent for creativity.

  3. Oooh a very cute way to reuse all that packaging!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. I love this idea! My daughter is in love with butterflies, and we love to make them from a variety of materials!

  5. great butterflies, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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