Woven Butterfly

A beautiful simple project that builds the skill and awareness of wrapping and weaving. This was originally posted by The Craft Train.

You will need

  • 1 Pipe cleaner
  • 2 Popsicle sticks
  • 3 Beads
  • 2 colours of yarn

Step 1 Wind yarn around popsicle sticks to make colourful wings. Use a little bit of glue when you get to the end to keep the string from unwinding. Ask a grownup to help you tuck it in an make it stick.

Step 2 Then take a pipe cleaner and twist it around the middle for the body.        

Step 3 Take your biggest bead and put it through the two pieces at the top for the head. And the two smaller beads go at the bottom for the body.      

When you’re done you can tie a string to your butterfly and put your string on a stick to fly your butterfly all around your yard to help pollinate the plants.

I guess this doesn’t really fall into the category of process art per say…but I would say there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. You can truly ‘weave’ the yarn around the popsicle sticks or just wrap it. The more materials you offer the more this becomes truly an invitation to create.

A dish of beads.

A pile of pipe cleaners.

A stack of popsicle sticks stuck together.

Many pieces of yarn.

And if your child ends up stringing beads onto pipe cleaners and yarn that’s ok! If they decide to wrap the pipe cleaner around the popsicle sticks, also ok. The purpose is the playful exploration of materials. The point is to experiment & practice to gain confidence and competence.

April Butterflies

A few years ago the Nicola Naturalist Society posted a wonderful series of articles and resources about some of the butterflies in the Thompson Okanagan area which you should definitely check out.

I thought it would be fun to post a quick list of what they deem the butterflies you are most likely to see in April.

Camberwell Beauty / Mourning Cloak

Mourning Cloak
Wingspan – 5-10cm
Habitat – almost anywhere
Eats – mostly tree sap
Caterpillars eat – willow, cottonwood, aspen, paper birch

Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

Sara Orangetip

Stella Orange Tip
Wingspan – 3.5-4.8cm
Habitat – deserts, open woods, orchards, waterways
Eats – flower nectar
Caterpillars eat – plants in the mustard family

Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org


Satyr Comma | Project Noah

Satyr Comma
Wingspan – 4.5-6.4cm
Habitat –
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Caterpillars eat –

Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

Green Comma | Green Comma butterfly feeding on goldenrod at … | Flickr

Green Comma
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

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Spring Azure Butterfly (Butterflies and Moths of Floracliff Nature ...

Spring Azure
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

Nymphalis - Wikipedia


Compton’s Tortiseshell
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

California tortoiseshell | Project Noah

California Tortiseshell
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

Milbert's Tortoiseshell


Milbert’s Tortiseshell
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

Margined white | Project Noah


Margined White
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

Alaska Butterflies: Pictures and Butterfly Identification Help

Spring White
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org

Sheridan's Green Hairstreak | Project Noah


Sheridan’s Green Hairstreak
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Source: Butterfliesandbmoths.org