Tissue paper Butterflies

It’s no secret that I love butterflies. All grade levels love them. The instructions for this lesson is the same as the Symmetrical Butterflies, but instead of using watercolor paints to color, kinders used tissue paper and liquid starch.

Many people ask if watered-down glue works as well as liquid starch. Basically yes, but I do prefer starch. You can find it in the clothing detergent aisle of most grocery or drug stores. Simply brush on a small amount of liquid starch and carefully lay down a piece of tissue paper. Brush another layer of starch over tissue paper to seal it.

Approximately two, 40-minute art classes to complete.

Kinder Butterflies…



  1. These are beautiful. I think we are going to give this a try. I agree…everyone loves butterflies.

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  3. Pumpkinbear says:

    Such a nice springtime activity! I think my girls would love this, although since we’ll be using vintage wallpaper and scrapbook paper, I’m guessing that watered down glue is where it’s at for us.

  4. Marylovett Rodrigues says:

    I do love your creative inspirations!

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  6. robin says:

    hi patty:
    did you precut the tissue for this lesson or had them cut their own shapes?

    • Patty says:

      Hi Robin,
      Looks like a bit of both. I usually have a mixture of tissue paper left-over from other projects so no doubt that is what happened here. Tearing might look more organic. Tissue paper is really hard to cut with scissors, so I would remove that as an option for the little ones.

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  8. Jane says:

    Hi, I love this lesson, I find it pretty interesting and I’m planning to do it with my three year olds children. Can I have the instructions for this particular lesson on the paint.

  9. Jane says:

    hi, can i have the instructions for this activity :) thanks

  10. sara says:

    hi patty! love your site! thank you for sharing so much with us!

    question about the tissue paper: is it the regular old run of the mill cheapie kind used here? thanks!

  11. Dana Barbieri says:

    I tried these today with my kids and the liquid starch isn’t sticking. As they are drying the tissue paper is coming up. Glad to know as I am doing this with small group of kids in a couple of weeks. I guess I will switch to watered down glue. Has anyone else had this issue?

  12. jean says:

    what brand do you use?

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