Butterfly Preschool Craft using Burlap

This is a beautiful butterfly craft that's easy for kids to make using painted burlap. The simple painting activity promotes creativity and fine motor skills. Kids will love making colorful butterflies to use in pretend play.

 butterfly painting on burlap activity

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Has your preschooler ever raced across the yard pretending to be a butterfly? Maybe while chasing after a butterfly? 

Kids love to imitate butterfly movements, fluttering arms up and down. They also love to discover the colors of butterfly wings.

Learning about butterflies can easily be added to a nature theme for preschoolers.

  • A Butterfly study unit is prepared for you at the end of the post.

Extend the fun and learning to kids crafts.

This simple painting activity is easy to set up with craft paints and burlap fabric.

The results are amazing!

Burlap Butterfly Craft and Study Unit

This is an open-ended activity. Draw any shape you like for the butterfly pattern.

Kids can be creative with the colors and designs they paint on the fabric, how much paint they use, and how thick they apply the paint.

Supplies for butterfly craft

If burlap isn't available you can try substituting other fabrics such as cotton or denim that will hold their shape when painted.

If a clothes peg isn't available, try using a regular clothes pin.

Instructions for butterfly craft

supplies for burlap butterfly craft


1. Draw a simple pattern for the butterfly on paper or cardboard. Cut the butterfly in half down the middle.

2. Place the half-butterfly pattern on the folded edge of the burlap. 

3. Cut around the pattern and open the burlap to reveal a butterfly with two identical wing shapes.


fold burlap onto paint to transfer to butterfly wing


4. Fray the edges of the burlap to add texture to the wings.

5. Paint the right-side wing only with generous amounts of paint.

6. Fold the left-side wing onto the painted side.


press burlap to transfer paint to both wings


7. Press gently with your palm to transfer the paint pattern from the right-side wing to the left-side wing.


add paint to the design on the burlap butterfly


8. Unfold to reveal both wings of the butterfly with the same pattern.

9. Add extra paint to the wings to darken or fill in spaces.

10. Paint the clothes peg or leave it plain. Allow paint to dry. This may take overnight depending on how thickly the paint has been applied.



burlap fabric tucks securely into clothes peg


11. Scrunch the wings into the clothes peg. The burlap seems to stay in place just by bunching it up in the peg, but you can add glue to secure if needed.


burlap butterfly with clothes peg body


12. Glue a single strand of burlap onto the clothes peg for antennae.

Your beautiful butterfly is ready for summertime pretend play!


burlap butterfly wings preschool craft

 butterfly preschool painting activity



Butterfly Study Unit: ABC Method)


1. Gross motor

  • Role play stages of a caterpillar: 1) crawl on a leaf 2) curl up in a cocoon 3) spread butterfly wings to fly.

2. Nature walk

  • Explore habitats where butterflies may be found.

3. Take away game

  • Place several plastic butterflies on a tray. Remove one while kids cover their eyes. Guess which one is missing.

4. Scavenger hunt

  • Hide several toy butterfly figures, or pictures of butterflies, in the classroom or outside for children to find.

5. Sorting

  • Sort butterfly toy figures by color and size.



1. My, Oh My A Butterfly / by Tish Rabe

2. I'm a Caterpillar / by Jean Marzollo

3. Elmer and Butterfly / by David McKee

4. Gotta Go! Gotta Go! / by Sam Swope

5. Butterfly Counting / by Jerry Palotta



1. Butterfly made with lace trim 

2. Green leaf butterfly

3. Caterpillar to butterfly

4. Fuzzy caterpillar

5. Felt board caterpillar 

 Burlap butterfly kids painting activity



More Butterfly Crafts

17 Butterfly crafts and activities for preschoolers from preschooltoolkit.com


Butterflies from other Kid Bloggers

 Butterfly with fluttering paper wings / Fireflies and Mudpies

 Fabric butterfly / Kids Craft Room

 Butterfly hand print card / The Best Ideas for Kids

 Butterfly with watercolors and pompoms / iHeart Crafty Things

Chromatography butterflies  / Buggy and Buddy

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Butterfly on Pinterest


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