Paper Plate Puppet Butterfly Craft For Kids


My little kids love to paint so I am always looking for some type of craft or art project to do with them that involves painting. I am also big on trying to use craft supplies I already have instead of going out an purchasing more.  Not only does it save me money but it free’s up room in my craft supply cabinets so that I can eventually get new, updated supplies! 


If you have a big family like mine paper plates are a must! I know it is not green but this mama get’s tired and worn out by the evening. Many times I do not have the energy or time to wash dishes so that is where the paper plates are a lifesaver! Before you tear me to shreds I do not use them everyday only when I am exhausted or we have a busy night taking kids to all their sports games or other activities!  Other items needed for this craft are listed below. 



Paper plates

Watercolor paint

Popsicle sticks

Pom poms

White glue

Foam flower stickers or other related floral stickers

Butterfly cut out 

Exact-o knife

First make the slit in the paper plate approximately 3″ from the top of the plate into the center of the plate. The slit should be about 5 to 6 inches wide. 


The butterfly can be printed on regular paper or on card stock and then cut out.  I recommend using the card stock if you have it available because regular paper is not thick and the paint may get too saturated and cause holes in the paper. Have the kids paint the butterfly first so that it can dry while working on the rest of the craft.


Then have the kids paint the paper plate. We painted it to look like outside scenery (blue sky and green grass).  Let me take that back, my 3 year old painted his whole plate blue, yep with flowers in the sky! 


Break the Popsicle stick to the size of  2-3″. Decorate it with pom poms using white glue. Put it to the side and allow it to dry.


 Once the paint on the paper plate is dry add the garden embellishments (flowers, etc)


Next once the butterfly is dry fold it in half and glue the Popsicle stick with the pom poms on it to the butterfly where you folded it. Finally, glue the back of the butterfly to the Popsicle stick.


Place the completed butterfly in the slit of the paper plate and move it side to side, up and down. Now you have a puppet! 


Have you made paper plate crafts before, if so what did you make?


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  1. That is so pretty! I used to do crafts like this all the time with the kids when they were little. It’s a fun way to encourage creativity and get in some nice bonding time.

  2. Those plates are so cute. This is a craft that I would enjoy making with my kids.

  3. robin rue says:

    Oh how cute. I work with kids and they would LOVE to make this fun craft with me one day.

  4. Oh these are so cute! My youngest would LOVE to do this project. We will have to try it soon. Thank you!

  5. We love to do crafts! When my daughter was younger, we would do all kinds of creative crafts. It kept her quite busy and helped her tons at college.

  6. What adorable crafts for kids! My girls always loved crafting together.

  7. Stefani Tolson says:

    This looks like an easy and fun craft idea for kids.

  8. Catalina says:

    Now I know what I will make tomorrow! Sounds easy and a lot of fun!

  9. This is such a fun idea! Kids will surely love this!

  10. This is such a fun activity for the kids!

  11. This is such a fun activity for the kids! My kids will surely enjoy this!

  12. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    What a fun idea for the kids! They will surely enjoy this!

  13. This looks like a fun project. I am sure my kids would love to paint the butterfly.

  14. Love this craft! I used to make it when my son was little! Such a great and easy option for summer activity!

  15. Heather says:

    What a fun butterfly craft! Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  16. I think the kids had a ton of fun making this. It’s always nice to have kids involved with art. This is a masterpiece.

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