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Egg Carton Printed Butterflies

Celebrate spring with this simple and colorful art project.

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Nothing says spring like the return of butterflies! Put paint to paper using egg carton cups instead of paintbrushes to create these colorful critters.

What You Need:

  • Cardboard or foam egg cartons, at least one cup for each color of paint
  • Paint in various colors
  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • 9- by 12-inch construction paper in various colors, one sheet per student
  • Black crayons or markers

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What You Do:

  1. Before class, cut the egg cartons into separate cups. You should have at least one cup for each color of paint your students will be using.
  2. In class, add various colors of paint to the paper plates. The paper plates will function as color palettes.
  3. Distribute one sheet of construction paper to each student.
  4. Have your students dip the bottoms of the egg cups into the paint. Instruct them to use one cup for each paint color. (Students can share cups.)
  5. Help your students press the paint-covered egg cups onto their construction paper and lift them carefully to leave a dot of paint behind.
  6. Have your students create a vertical line of paint dots to be the butterfly’s body.
  7. Now the students can print more rings onto the paper in the shape of two butterfly wings on either side of the body. Encourage your students to use new colors of paint to create patterns on the wings.
  8. To complete their butterflies, the students should add antennae with the black markers or crayons.

Optional Extension

You can easily repurpose this activity to make prints for a different season, animal, or holiday. Your students can even create pictorial stories or prints to accompany their writing.

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