Do you have kids bored at home? There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not looking for creative projects and activities for my kids to do. It’s not easy keeping them away from the TV and iPhones! Especially in the summer time when they are home ALL DAY LONG without their usual school structure.

These whimsical butterflies are simple to make with basic craft supplies! This fun-filled craft creates hours of entertainment and beautiful keepsakes to cherish once finished. An excellent spring or summer time craft with lots of bright colors that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Step by step instructions on how to make pony bead pipe cleaner butterflies with clothespins. A fun and easy craft for kids of all ages.

Smaller children will probably need a bit of assistance, but even my 3 year old loved threading the pony beads onto the fuzzy pipe cleaners. We had a blast making them together as a family, and there are so many ways to be creative and personalize them with a variety of colors.

Supplies Needed

  • craft pipe cleaners
  • plastic pony beads
  • clothespins
  • scissors
  • glue & glitter for decorating (optional)
Supply list for making beaded pipe cleaner butterflies including fuzzy pipe cleaners, plastic pony beads, clothes pins, glue, glitter, and scissors.
You can find all of these supplies at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, The Dollar Store, or Amazon.

How To Make Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterflies

Step 1You’ll need 3 pipe cleaners for each butterfly. Keep two of them full length and cut one in half. Thread pony beads onto the two longer pipe cleaners, leaving about an inch of empty space on each end like shown below.

Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Craft For Kids with step by step instructions.

Step 2Take the two beaded pipe cleaners and cross the ends together to form a circle. Twist and pinch the ends of the pipe cleaners together to secure.

Easy pony bead and pipe cleaner craft idea for kids to make at home.

Step 3Spread the beads apart into two sections, leaving ½ inch gaps at opposite ends like shown below.

Step 4Pinch the two empty spots of the pipe cleaners together and twist a few times to create the shape of an 8. Your wings are now ready!

Step 5Optionally decorate your clothespins with glitter, paint, markers, rhinestones, or simply leave them plain. They look dazzling either way! If you decide to sparkle them up with glitter, allow at least an hour for the glue to dry before handling them.

Step 6Fold the remaining pipe cleaner in half and place a pony bead on each end. Curl the pipe cleaner around the bead to create a spiral. You’ve now got an adorable little butterfly antenna!

Step 7Pinch open a clothespin and slide the wings in followed by the antenna. Your butterfly is now complete and ready for imaginative play! If you think they will be played with a lot or have toddlers or preschoolers that like to tear things apart (like mine!), you can optionally hot glue the wings and antenna in place.

Easy craft idea for kids to make! DIY Butterflies made with clothespins, beads, and pipe cleaners.

Aside from simple play on a rainy day, these colorful butterflies make for awesome little trinkets to place on a shelf, desk, cork board, window seal, or anywhere else that could use a little fun pick-me-up. 

Butteryfly crafts for kids using pipe cleaners.

Try making a variety of butterflies in different colors and patterns. The combination of all of them together makes them even more magical and fun to play with.  

DIY Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Tutorial with Step by Step Instructions and photos.

My kids wanted to take the butterflies outside and play in the yard– where butterflies love to be anyway! Having kids definitely makes life a whole lot more fun. It gives mom an excuse to make cool projects and enjoy the little things. This colorful spring time craft definitely brought smiles to all of our faces. 🙂

Fun and easy butterfly craft for kids of all ages using pipe cleaners, pony beads, and clothespins.

Don’t forget to pin and save this easy butterfly craft for later!

Pony Bead Pipe Cleaner Butterflies craft for kids with step by step instructions. This rainy day activity will keep your kids busy for hours and leave them with adorable little trinkets to play with. An easy project for kids of all ages! My preschooler had a blast making them with me.

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Are you looking for easy crafts to make with your kids? These pipe cleaner butterflies are simple to make with large plastic pony beads! A fun project for kids of all ages including preschool, elementary age, and even teenagers. Bead Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Tutorial with lots of step by step instructions to make it easy to follow. Easy crafts for kids to make at home when bored! These pipe cleaner butterflies are a colorful spring time project made with plastic pony beads and clothespins. Just a few basic and cheap crafting supplies!If your kids are out of school for the summer and you're looking for a few boredom busters to keep them busy at home and away from the TV, these adorable pipe cleaner butterflies are the perfect project for kids of all ages!DIY Craft Tutorial For Kids | How to make charming little butterflies out of just a few common craft supplies! Pony beads, pipe cleaners, and clothespins. Easy Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Craft for bored kids of all ages! A fun and colorful craft for spring and summer. These magical butterflies are great for imaginative play, keeping your little ones entertained for hours. This summer time craft was a huge hit with my kids! I have toddlers and older kids that all enjoyed making these pipe cleaner butterflies together. I've included a full tutorial with easy to follow step by step instructions.


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