DIY Cardboard butterflies: Spring decorations for hanging

Spring paper decorations are very popular with us. Martínek fell in love with bow ties, so we made hanging decorations that you can hang on a chandelier, on beams or on the door. Inspiration awaits you in the article.


What we created

We created bow ties from the remains of cardboard. On one side the children glued colored paper, on the other side they decorated it with paints and a sponge. Sponge printing was a lot of fun. Finally, they glued pieces of foil to the bow ties, which reflect light and throw reflections.

DIY Cardboard butterflies: Spring decorations for hanging

DIY Cardboard butterflies: Spring decorations for hanging

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Suitable for: 2,5+ years old

The production is suitable for children from two, maybe up to two and a half years. At the age of two and a half, Filka managed to print with a sponge all by himself. Children will need help with grooming. Gluing and coloring will be a lot of fun.

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What you need

  • Tempera colours
  • Sponge (you can use a washed old sponge)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Colored papers
  • Glue
  • Alobal
  • A piece of twine or cotton or fishing line
  • Straw or beads
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How to do it

I cut the sponge into two parts. I pinned half of it on a peg. We soaked the peg in tempera paint and the children printed on the pieces of cardboard we had left of another production.

When they printed the cardboard with a darker color, we applied a lighter color (yellow and red) to the sponge. You can either take a new sponge or you can rinse an already used sponge in water.

The children decorated the cardboard according to their imagination. We let the product dry. When the paint was completely dry, they glued colored paper to the other side. I prepared a butterfly template from white paper. According to the template, I also cut out the bow tie from the cardboard. When cutting, it is important to see how the cavities in the cardboard are guided so that the bow tie can be threaded on the cotton like a bead. Finally, the children decorated the bow with pieces of foil that shine in the sun.

When the butterflies were cut out, I wound a piece of cotton on a stick. I cut the paper straw into small pieces. I threaded a cotton bow tie and tied a piece of straw over it. Then I threaded another bow tie and tied the straw again. I continued like this until a chain of butterflies formed.

I wish you a lot of fun. 🙂


Yours Tereza

Tereza Krcek

Mum of two boys, based in Prague, Czech Republic.  / Mutter von zwei Jungen aus Prag, Tschechische Republik.

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