Styrofoam™ Butterfly
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Styrofoam™ Butterfly

Make this cute little critter for decoration or for a buggy buddy.
Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
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Material List

  • Styrofoam™ Brand Foam:
    2-inch Ball (1 for head)
    3-inch Egg (1 for body or trunk)
    1½-inch Ball (1 for abdomen)
    1¼-inch Balls (4 for abdomen)
    1-inch Ball (1 for eyes)
  • Foam Saw or Serrated Knife
  • Chenille Stems: Orange (6), Black (4)
  • Coordinating Scrapbook Paper or Sheer Fabric (for wings)
  • Acrylic Paint: Orange, Black
  • Paintbrush
  • White Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wire Cutters (to cut chenille stems)
  • Ruler
  • Paper (for wing template)
  • Pencil
  • Optional: Coordinating Wire-Edged Ribbon
  • Optional: Fish Line (for hanger)

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Leave the 1-inch ball unpainted and paint the rest of the Styrofoam pieces with orange and let dry.

Step: 2

Assemble the body parts on work surface as shown, being sure the wide end of the 3-inch egg is towards the head. Press the parts together firmly where they meet to create indents in the foam. To link the parts together; cut 1½-inch pieces of chenille stem and insert an end into each part where they meet and push the parts together. Glue can be added to the ends of the chenille stems before they are inserted for added support.

Step: 3

To make the legs; cut six 4-inch pieces of black chenille stem, bend a small loop in one end for the foot, make a slight bend about halfway up for the knee. Push three legs on each side of the egg body down towards the belly.

Step: 4

To make the antenna; cut two 6-inch pieces of black chenille stem, bend a small loop in the end of each piece and curve each antenna before inserting them about ½-inch apart into the top of the head.

Step: 5

To make the eyes; cut the unpainted 1-inch ball in half, squeeze the edges of each half ball to make small rounded eyes. Paint with black and let dry. Cut two 2-inch pieces of orange chenille stems and fold each in half for the center of the eye. Position the black eyes about ½-inch apart just below the antenna and push the cut ends of the folded chenille stems through the eyes and into the head to hold them in place.

Step: 6

To make the tongue or proboscis, cut a 3-inch black chenille stem, coil one end and push the other end into the face, just below the eyes.

Step: 7


Step: 8

To make the wings, draw the desired shape on paper for a template and cut out. The wing should be about the length of the body or slightly larger. Twist three chenille stems together end-to-end to make one long chenille stem. Using the wing template as a guide, bend the stem into the shape of the wing. Twist the loose ends together and push them into the top of the body. Cut out scrapbook paper or sheer fabric using the template and glue to the top of the chenille stem wings.

Step: 9

Optional: Remove the wire from one edge of the wire-edged ribbon; gather the ribbon slightly on the remaining wire to give a ruffled look. Glue the ribbon around the edge of the wings.

Step: 10

Optional: Add fish line to the neck of the butterfly to hang from the ceiling.


Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- Small parts. Not for children under 3 years of age.