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Butterfly Handprint Craft for Little Kids

The perfect Spring activity for preschool kids is this cute Butterfly handprint craft which can be made with very little materials. These Butterfly handprints for toddlers can be used as keepsake for many years to come.

butterfly handprint art for kids


I love simple handprint crafts for kids as they serve as great keepsakes (always remember to add the date on the back)!

Every year my kids make Mothers Day handprint cards for me at school that I file away. I will treasure these forever.

Handprint art is very simple to do with some colored paints. The butterfly hands craft is actually my first attempt at an animal hand print craft. I will be doing a dinosaur handprint craft also.

I particularly love this one as it features two sets of handprints; the smaller ones can be from the child and the larger ones from an adult. Therefore it is a fabulous activity for Mum to do with her littles.

If you want a craft using lots of different handprints then try my turkey hands for a cool Thanksgiving craft. 

Butterflies are a great craft idea for Spring. I have lots more ways to craft butterflies for kids of all ages. 

Please find my step by step craft procedure directly below. This will help you make this easy butterfly craft for kids.

How to Make a Butterfly Hands Craft

butterfly handprint art for kids

Butterfly Handprint Craft for Little Kids

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The perfect Spring activity for preschool kids is this cute Butterfly handprint craft which can be made with very little materials.


  • 1. Colored craft papers
  • 2. Acrylic paint
  • 3. Paint brush
  • 4. Sharpie
  • 5. Craft glue
  • 6. Pencil
  • 7. Scissors


Step 1:

Select a 2 or 3 different colored craft papers including yellow and select at least 2 different colored acrylic paints for the butterfly drawing.

Prepare the selected acrylic paint.

Step 2:

Use a thick paint brush to apply the prepared acrylic paint on the palm of your hand.
Make sure to cover the palm nice and evenly. 

Take a piece of white cardstock paper and press the painted palm against the paper. Keep the palm on the paper for a few seconds and then remove your hand gently from the paper.

Step 3:

Similarly, create hand-print with the other hand or an adult's hand. Use a different colored acrylic paint to create another pair of hand-prints.

how to make a butterfly from handprints

Step 4:

Allow the paint to dry.

Step 5:

Use scissors to cut out the hand print from the paper.

handprint butterfly craft

Step 6:

Take 2 different colored hand-print cutouts of opposite hands and attach them side by side, keeping the thumbs facing outwards.

animal handprint craft for kids

Step 7:

Similarly, prepare the other 2 hand cutouts and attach it with the previous pair to create the wings of the butterfly.

Step 8:

Trace and cut out the butterfly body base and antenna patterns and the eyes from the template.

The template includes 3 different sizes; you can select the size
appropriate for your craft. Cut out some small round shapes from a colored craft paper for the spots, to decorate the wings.

Step 9:

Attach the antenna cutouts on the top side of the head part and attach the eyes on the head part.

Use a sharpie to draw the mouth-line of the butterfly.

Step 10:

Attach the butterfly body base along the middle of the hand-printed wings.

butterfly craft for preschool

Step 11:

Attach the spot cutouts on the wings to complete the craft.

How to Decorate Handprint Butterfly Craft

I have decorated my butterfly wings with spots. You can use zig zags, glitter, sequins or whatever you wish. You could even write your name on the butterfly wings, or else give the butterfly a name. 

Can you think of some other animals to make using your handprints? You can make absolutely anything you wish.

You can use these handprints on greeting cards or for butterfly garlands to decorate your house. 

Please print this free template to help you make the cute butterfly:-

Butterfly Template

Butterflies are oh so pretty at this time of year and if you want suggestions to keep older kids busy why not encourage them to complete my easy butterfly drawing

Younger siblings can join in the fun with some free butterfly coloring pages

More Ideas for Preschool Handprint Crafts

You can make almost anything with handprints!! I love my sun hand print craft for preschool.

Will you try this Butterfly Handprint Craft for Little Kids?

Butterfly Handprint Craft for Little Kids

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