Paint Splat Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

Paint Splat Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

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paper plate butterfly craftI love easy crafts for kids, the ones that all ages can get involved in and this simple paper plate butterfly craft uses a paint splat technique to make a (almost!) symmetrical craft that looks fantastic.

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Paper Plate Butterflies

Paper plate butterflies are a bit of a classic craft, they’re really easy to make and they’re also pretty sturdy, always helpful as I know my kids normally want to play with anything after they’ve made it.

I’ve changed this craft up by mixing up two classic ideas, paper plate butterflies and paint splat butterflies to make an easy craft that looks great and is a good excuse to get out all your child’s favourite coloured paints.

I’ve shared a couple of paint splat crafts before such as this campfire craft and what I really like about them is that each one will be unique.

As a parent I know that on quite a few occasions my kids have been upset when they weren’t able to make something quite as Pinterest-perfect as what they’d seen online (and to be honest, there’s a lot of times I haven’t been able to make the kids crafts I’ve seen on Pinterest either). However making a paint splat is such a simple technique that it’s something most people can achieve.

I also really like to use paper plates for paint splat crafts rather than paper because they can cope with a lot more paint rather than going flimsy or potentially tearing.

paper plate butterfly craft paint splat

Tips for Making a Paper Plate Butterfly

  • I’ve used a second paper plate to make the main part of the butterfly’s body as this made the antennae more three dimensional but you obviously don’t need to do this, go for plain or coloured card if you prefer.
  • For the wings I’ve cut a curved shape into them but again this isn’t necessary and you could just keep them straight.
  • Cutting out the body shape for the butterfly is tricky and is better suited to adults or older kids. To adapt this and make it easier for kids you could cut out a long oval for the butterflies body and glue on pipe cleaners or thin strips of card to make the antennae.
  • For this craft I’ve used double sided sellotape to hold it together. This is because paper plates are a bit of an awkward shape and don’t always stay stuck that brilliantly with normal glue. If your child is likely to play with their craft afterwards (and mine normally do) then I’d definitely use this so you’re at less risk of anything falling apart.
paper plate butterfly craft

Paint Splat Paper Plate Butterfly

Make these simple paper plate butterflies which are perfect as a spring or summer craft for kids.


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Author: Kate Williams


  • Take one of the paper plates and fold it in half.

  • Squirt some coloured paint inside the plate. If you find that the paint comes out too easily this way then you can also use a paint brush to put some paint on one side of the plate.

  • Fold you paper plate in half again and rub your hand across the top of the closed plate to make the paint splat effect. Open the plate back up and leave to dry.

  • Once the paint on your paper plate is dry cut the paper plate in half along the line where it was previously folded.

  • Now take your scissors and cut wing shapes into the paper plates, these should be on the straight side, leaving the curved sides of the plate as they are.

  • Stick the two halves together using double sided sellotape and with the two curved sides connecting.

  • Next cut the main part of your butterfly’s body out from another paper plate. I’ve done this so that the antennae are on the curved part of the plate and therefore stick out.

  • Using a black pen draw on a face to your butterfly.

  • Using double sided sellotape, glue the butterflies body onto the wings of your butterfly craft.


How much paint you use will obviously determine how long this craft will take to dry. Of the two crafts shown here the one with a lot of paint took much longer to dry. Having said that, I love the effect of lots of colour covering the butterfly!
You might also want to be aware that putting a lot of paint on your paper plate means that it is more likely to spill out when you close it. Be sure that you have some kind of covering on your table to protect it from this.
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More Butterfly Crafts for Kids

This butterfly nature craft is a great excuse for getting outside and exploring and is inspired by an idea my daughter had. It uses our free butterfly template to make it, making it easier for you to get ready.

These butterfly suncatchers are popular every year and are a great way to brighten up your child’s room. We loved making them and the bright colours that they use.

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