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Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft

This little toilet paper roll butterfly comes together in just minutes. Such an easy craft for kids to make using basic craft supplies.
Active Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Yield: 1 butterfly
Cost: $0


  • scissors
  • marker


  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • card stock or construction paper
  • glue
  • craft eyes
  • pipe cleaner


  • Cut a piece of cardstick the width of the toilet paper roll and long enough to wrap around with some overlap. Roll a glue stick across the paper.
    rolling on glue on paper for toilet paper roll butterfly
  • Place the toilet paper over the paper and roll up tightly.
    child rolling paper around toilet paper roll
  • Cut out two large outer wings and two inner wings. Glue the inner wing inside the outer wing. Repeat with the other outer and inner wing that you cut out.
    child gluing paper butterfly wings together
  • Glue the two wings togehter. This will be the large wing for the butterfly. Now you need to make a smaller one using the same technique. Cut out two smaller outer wings and two smaller inner wings. Glue the inner wings to the outer wings and then glue them together to make one wing.
    See alternate wing instructions in notes.*
    child gluing butterfly wings together
  • Glue the wings to the back of the butterfly. Cut two small pieces of pipe cleaner. Add a small amoung of glue to the end and glue them inside the toilet paper roll. Glue on eyes and use a marker to add a mouth.
    child drawing a mouth on butterfly craft



*Alternate wing instructions. I love how Ruby came up with this herself and I didn't want to change anything, but did want to add a simpler approach for the wings that other kids might prefer.
Cut a large rectangle and a smaller one.
Glue the smaller inside the larger one to create a large wing. Trim the corners to round them
Repeat to make a small wing as well.