Kids Art Tutorials | How to Create a Symmetrical Butterfly

Hi, I’m Ali Hargreaves and I’m the tutor for Ready, Steady, Paint! I’ve come up with some exciting children’s art activities which I’d like to share with you.  The following art activity is free and shows you how to create a beautiful butterfly! Over the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing lots more free fun activities for you to complete with me, so make sure you keep checking our website and social media for more!

Step-by-step Guide

1) Fold a piece of white A4 paper in half. Just match the corners together to get a perfect fold.
2) Draw half a butterfly along the fold. (See my example) It is really important to draw right up to the fold.
3) Keep it folded and cut around the shape of the butterfly.
4) Open it up and you should have a lovely whole butterfly shape.
5) Now use the thickest paints you have and paint patterns as quickly as you can on just one side of the butterfly, including his body.
6) Now fold the butterfly back up and use your fingers to press the colour underneath so that it will transfer onto the other side.
7) Open it up and you will have a symmetrical butterfly with the same pattern on each wing.
8) If the pattern hasn’t worked (the paint has to be wet for this to work!) don’t worry! Just repaint the bits that haven’t transferred and fold it again.
9) Once dry, stick your butterfly onto paper and add some antennae with a pen.

Hope you’ve had fun. Remember to let us know how you get on and send us photos of your doodles…we’d love to see them!


To download the ‘How to Doodle a Tortoise’ Art worksheet (with step-by-step pictures), please click the below picture. We have lots of other activities available for your to download for free! You can also view all activities here.




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