Tin Foil Butterflies with Sharpie

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year when we all start thinking back to school.  Being an Art teacher, some of my favorite must have items for the classroom are Sharpie markers.  In fact, I would consider Sharpies to be my BFF’s in the classroom.  Lol!  But, it’s true.  At times, my students laugh at me because I will usually stick a Sharpie marker and a pencil in my hair so I always have one on me.  I find Sharpies to be universal for many projects in the classroom.  This Tin Foil Butterfly project is one of my favorite art projects and is a great boredom buster for grades K-5.  It’s easy and fun to create because you can basically make any shape and cover it with tin foil and then use Sharpie markers to color & decorate the foil.  I wanted to share this with you as well in case you might also need a great summer boredem buster to keep the kids busy.

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Here are the Sharpie Markers that I use in the classroom and for this project.  I grabbed these at Staples to restock my supply for the beginning of the school year.  Starting August 10th Staples will have all Sharpie Fine and Ultra Fine Markers, as well as Highlighters on sale while supplies last.  So, go ahead and stock up!

Here What You Will Need:

  • Sharpie Markers
  • Poster Board
  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ Piece of Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Aluminum Foil

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Step 1:  Take the 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper and fold it in half.  Draw half of the butterfly on the paper.  This will be your template.  Take the template and place it onto a piece of poster board.  Trace around the template.  Cut the butterfly out.

Step 2:  Once the butterfly has been cut out.  Cut pieces of yarn and glue them onto the poster board to create a design.  Encourage children to make the designs symmetrical just like a butterfly would be.

Step 3:   Place the butterfly yarn side down on top of a piece of aluminum foil.  Make sure to place the butterfly with yarn side down on top of the dull side of the aluminum foil.  Trim aluminum foil.  Leave about an inch all of the way around and tape the foil to the back side of the butterfly.

Step 4:  Rub the aluminum foil with your hands very carefully around the top of the butterfly to help emphasize the design created with the yarn underneath.  Color with Sharpie Markers and create a unique design.  Next, cut a piece of yarn about 6″.  This will be the little decorative loop to hang the butterfly.  Tape one side to the back of the butterfly at the top.  Thread beads on to the yarn.  Tape the other end to the back of the butterfly.

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 These turn out beautiful and kids LOVE the bright, cheerful colors.

So, as summer’s wrapping up and you’re looking for an easy & fun project to keep your kids occupied for a bit, head over to Staples, pick up your multi-pack of Sharpie Markers and add a little color to your kids summer with this tin foil butterfly tutorial.



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