Pretty Butterfly Collage Craft Made with Materials From Nature • Kids Activities Blog

Let’s make the prettiest butterfly collage using sticks and flowers! This easy butterfly arts and crafts project is great for kids of all ages and works well in the classroom or at home. We originally created this butterfly collage as an Earth Day craft, but it works really well any day because it uses just a few simple craft supplies and starts with a nature walk.

a butterfly made out of pink flower petals and sticks and attached to blue paper with glue
Make this pretty butterfly collage using flowers and sticks.

Easy Butterfly Nature Collage Craft for Kids

Our butterfly collage craft starts with a nature walk and then use items in nature such as leaves, flowers, and sticks to make a pretty butterfly collage craft with your kids.

Related: More fun & easy butterfly craft ideas for kids

This is one of our favorite Earth Day craft ideas. It also works well as a spring craft or an outdoor craft for kids.

Related: Favorite Earth Day crafts & favorite spring crafts for kids

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How to Make a butterfly collage Craft

supplies needed to make a nature butterfly collage including sticks, flowers, and glue
You will need sticks, flowers, and glue to make a butterfly collage.

Supplies Needed to Make a Butterfly Collage from Found Objects

Instructions for making a butterfly collage

This was an extremely easy activity. On our nature hike, we gathered up sticks and flowers. When we got back to the house, we made the butterfly.

Related: Nature scavenger hunt for kids

Step 1

Step 1 - How to Make a butterfly collage - sticks from nature broken and placed on a piece of paper in the shape of a butterfly
Break sticks and put them on a piece of paper into the shape of a butterfly.

Place a wider stick or piece of bark in the center of the paper. Break smaller twigs or sticks and put them into the shape of a butterfly. Have your child pick up each piece one, one at a time, put glue along the bottom, and then put them back into place.

Step 2

Step 2 - How to Make a butterfly collage -Gluing the petals in place to make the butterfly wings
Put glue inside the butterfly and attach petals of different colors.

Put glue inside the stick butterfly. Add petals and the center of the flower inside the butterflies wings to add color to them.

Our Finished Butterfly Collage

Finished Butterfly Colloage Earth Day craft a butterfly made of pink flower petals and sticks.
A butterfly made out of sticks and flowers for Earth Day.

Keep in mind, this beautiful butterfly will not stay pretty forever, because it is made of leaves, flowers, and twigs. This nature craft is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day.

Our Experience Making a Butterfly Collage Craft

Earth Day is coming up and Rory and I have decided to make a few earthy crafts for the next few weeks.

One thing we do, almost on a daily basis, is going on a nature walk. Our nature walks range anywhere from our own back yard, picking out colors of flowers and watching squirrels, to going on a trail and picking up sticks (which we haven’t done in a while because of snakes!).

Whatever we choose to do we have fun looking at nature, picking out colors, and talking about anything and everything we see outside!

While we have been going on these nature hikes we have noticed the butterflies. It was so cute to see Rory’s face when she first saw them; she looked at me like…

…these really do exist!

So I thought it would be fun if we could make butterflies with things in nature things we found in the yard.

Preschool Butterfly Craft

And this craft worked really well for her preschool level and I can see making it with both younger and older kids. We especially love this as a preschool letter craft.

Prep Time
15 minutes

Active Time
30 minutes

Total Time
45 minutes


Estimated Cost


  • Items from nature – sticks, flowers, bark, leaves
  • Paper
  • Glue


  1. Collect items in nature that you can use to make your butterfly.
  2. Place a piece of bark or a thicker stick in the center of the paper.
  3. Break smaller twigs to make the outline of the butterfly.
  4. Once assembled, glue each piece into place.
  5. Put glue inside the butterfly and use flowers petals or leaves to add color to the wings.

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How did your butterfly collage craft turn out? Did you use this as an Earth Day craft or an every day craft?

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