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“Stained-Glass” Butterfly

Spread your wings and join Team GCM member, Kirsten, as she shows how to make a “stained-glass” butterfly using tissue paper!


  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Strips and/or squares of colored tissue paper
  • Hole punch
  • A short piece of yarn or string


  1. Get your butterfly! You can draw your own or you can find a butterfly outline downloadable for free. There are so many to choose from!
  2. Gather your favorite pieces of tissue paper. Is your butterfly in shades of blue, pink, green? Is your butterfly made of cool-toned colors (blues, greens, purples), warm-toned colors (reds, oranges, yellows)? Or is your butterfly all of your favorite colors?
  3. Take your glue and put a bit on the wings of your butterfly. Then take your paintbrush to “paint” the glue to cover the wings smoothly. You can stay inside the lines or not! You will be cutting out your butterfly at the end. Make sure your glue is brushed to the edges of your butterfly.
  4. Place your tissue paper pieces onto your butterfly’s wings. You can rip or tear your tissue paper pieces into any colors you want. Layering your pieces creates a cool color-mixed effect! Be sure to cover your butterfly’s wings entirely and feel to brush on more glue if needed.
  5. Once your butterfly is dry, take your scissors and cut along the lines. Ask a grownup if you need help!
  6. Use your hole punch to create a hole at the very top of the butterfly. If you don’t have a hole punch you can always use a pencil to poke a hole.
  7. Loop your piece of string or yarn through the hole you made and tie it off so you can hang up your butterfly.

Team GCM Creator: Kirsten