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Flapping Butterfly Pull-the-Straw

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft

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Flapping Butterfly Pull the Straw

Make a butterfly craft with a difference with these flapping butterflies.
 
Pull the straw and watch their wings flap up and down. To your child it will look like they’re actually flying.
 
You might think that making a moving butterfly will be complicated. But this craft is very easy and uses everyday household items.

Summary:

Time: 10 minutes
Age: Big kids
Difficulty: Easy peasy

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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You will need:

  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Felt pens
  • Paper drinking straw
  • Wide smoothie paper drinking straw
  • Sellotape

The key to this flapping butterfly craft if to have one ordinary drinking straw and a second slightly wider one. This is so that the thinner straw can slot into the thicker one. 

If you need to buy wider ones we found some available cheaply on Amazon:

Wide Jumbo Drinking Straws, by Webake

Find on Amazon here.

Premium quality wide smoothie straws.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 1: Fold your card in half

Take a sheet of card or paper and fold it in half.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 2: Fold back the sides

Hold your card by the folded edge.

Measure 2 centimetres from this edge and then fold back one side of the card.

Do the same for the other side. You should end up with a shape like the one shown in the picture.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 3: Draw half a butterfly

On one side of the folded card draw the shape of half a butterfly.

Draw lines for half the body, feelers and wings.

You can use this picture as a guide. Or you can make yours a much simpler butterfly outline.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 4: Cut out your shape

Cut around your outline and you will end up with a beautiful butterfly shape.

Glue the sides of the folded strip together in the middle.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 5: Draw some pattern outlines

Using a black pen draw outlines of patterns to decorate the butterfly wings. You can draw any shapes or designs you like.

Ours has a number of different patterns to give you some ideas. But you can keep yours much simpler than these if you prefer.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 6: Add some colour

Colour in the wings with some brightly coloured felt pens.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 7: Prepare your straws

Take your thin straw and your wide straw. Cut the bottom third off your wider straw so that it is shorter than the thinner straw.

Now make cuts down from the top of each straw with scissors. Make a slightly longer cut down the wider straw.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 8: Tape down the thin straw

Turn your butterfly upside down on a table so that the folded edge underneath it is facing up.

Slot the folded edge into the cut at the top of the thin straw.

Fix it in place with some sellotape.

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Step 9: Tape on the wide straw

Thread the wider straw onto the thinner straw.

Fan out the cut ends and tape them to the underside of the butterfly wings with sticky tape (as shown).

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Flapping butterfly craft - similar to an origami flapping butterfly, make a butterfly craft where the wings move up and down as a fun kids craft
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Time to make those wings flutter

Your butterfly is all ready to flutter! Hold the thin straw in your hand.

With your other hand, move the wide straw up and down to make the wings move.

You now have your won flapping butterfly!

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Can you make other flying minibeasts?

You can use the same technique to make other winged insects.

Could you make a ladybird, a dragon fly or a colourful beetle?

 

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