Fluttering Butterfly Magnets

These are so simple but so effective. Minnie (2yrs) loved making these.

To make our Fluttering Butterflies we used:
A sheet of acetate film (A4 OHP Sheet)
A marker pen
Glass pens (glass paint would work well, but just take a little longer to dry)
A thin magnet (or self-adhesive magnetic tape)
Double sided tape
A paper butterfly template

How to make them:
1) Draw a butterfly shape on a piece of paper & place the acetate sheet over it
2) Using a marker pen trace the outline & body of the butterfly onto the acetate

4) Decorate the butterfly using the glass pens

5) Cut out the butterfly shape

6) Fold each wing along the butterfly's body, so the wings stand up slightly away from the body

7) Cut the magnet into a thin strip, the same width as your butterfly's body (we used a freebie magnet which came with a smoothie drink) & attach double sided tape to the non-magnetic side. Peel the tape & stick the magnetic strip to the back of your butterfly body. (Alternatively, if you're more organised than us, you could use a strip of self-adhesive magnetic strip.)

8) Stick your beautiful butterfly onto any metal surface, ideally near a source of light for the sun to catch the colours, & watch it flutter slightly in the breeze. :o)

Minnie loved making these so we made several to decorate our fridge!

These are perfect to share as gifts... although I may have to keep them as they look so cute in my kitchen!


  1. Oh how lovely!! As you say, so simple and yet so effective!!! If I can get hold of materials, may do this at play group this afternoon! Thanks for linking up!


  2. I love how you used acetate with these! Maybe on a window as stained glass would be fabulous? Thanks for sharing!

  3. These are beautiful my daughter would love to try these. Please feel free to pop by a link up ur great ideas on our blog hop it runs every monday. Heres this weeks http://monkeyingaround1.blogspot.com/2011/02/monkeys-doodles-sponge-painting.html

  4. Maggy - thank you, hope you got the chance to have a go at these today :)

  5. Melissa, thank you. Love the idea of stained glass.

  6. Monkeying Around - thank you, hope you have fun with these. Thanks for link, will pop over next monday :)

  7. Love them! They're beautiful!

  8. Absolutely lovely! Featuring this craft in this week's high paw! Thanks for participation and hope to see you again this week!

  9. With magnet stripes available now these will be great for children in school, even a bit older. I can see them taking them to quite a high creative level!