We chose this adorable craft for my son’s Valentine’s Day cards last year after he and his friends at daycare watched a caterpillar go through the stages to become a butterfly.
My son loved the craft and took a lot of time decorating each piece for his friends. He even found a way to make the boys’ cards more “manly,” insisting that we put monster truck stickers on them.
It’s a craft that can accommodate a lot of ages. For my toddler, I did the work of cutting the pieces, and he was able to decorate each butterfly. Older children could cut and assemble these cards, themselves.
You can get very creative with it. I tried to tempt my son with sequins, little bows and jewels, but he wouldn’t hear of it.
Regardless, the result is personal and adorable, not to mention delicious, all rolled into one. These would also make great favors or place cards.
Card stock or other heavy paper in several colors
Stickers / Decorations
Lollipops, such as Tootsie Roll Pops or Blow Pops
* Design your own pattern, or click here for the PDF of my pattern: Butterfly Valentine
1) Using my pattern or making your own, trace and cut out the large and small pieces for each butterfly on the card stock. Be sure to fold the card stock first, placing the pattern so that the dotted line (which you do not cut) is even with the fold.
2) Line up the folds of the two pieces and tape or glue the small piece on top of the larger piece. Cut two 1/4 inch slits in the fold, and then reverse the fold between the two slits. This is where the lollipop stick will be placed.
3) Decorate the card however you like.
4) For the antennae, bend a pipe cleaner in half and wrap it tightly around the base of a lollipop. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner around a pencil and then slide the pencil out to create a spiral.
5) Place “eyes” on the lollipop and put the stick through the slits in the card.