Summer Butterfly Fan

Beat the summer heat with these easy to make paper butterfly fans.
Summer Butterfly Fan craft


  • A4 or Letter size paper
  • Cardboard
  • Craft stick
  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Water-based paint (optional)
  • Glitter glue, puffy paint, stickers,
    wiggle eyes (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Small craft materials such as beads and wiggle eyes are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 1. Draw two large identical-sized butterflies or print out any of these large butterflies (templates 6 to 9) twice on A4 or Letter size paper.
Step 2 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 2. Color the butterflies. If you're using the templates, you can draw and add more details if you like.
Step 3 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 3. You may even add sparkle and texture using glitter glue or puffy paint.
Step 4 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 4. Cut out both butterflies. The antennae are quite delicate but if you can cut them out, you may include them on at least one butterfly.
Step 5 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 5. Trace a butterfly onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out the cardboard butterfly - this will be used to reinforce your fan.
Step 6 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 6. Glue one butterfly onto the piece of cardboard, aligning them around the edges.
Step 7 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 7. Obtain one large craft stick for the fan's handle. You can paint it if you wish.
Step 8 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 8. Glue the craft stick at the back of the cardboard-reinforced butterfly. Position the stick in the middle, with its top end as close to the butterfly's head as possible. This ensures that the craft stick supports the entire length of the butterfly body.
Step 9 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 9. If your butterfly has no antennae, you can still make a pair by cutting out two thin paper strips and gluing them at the back of the butterfly's head.
Step 10 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 10. Finally, glue the second butterfly on top of the first, sandwiching the cardboard in between.
Step 11 Summer Butterfly Fan craft 11. As an option, you may glue on additional details such as wiggle eyes, sequins, stickers, or rhinestones.

Wait for the glue to dry before using your butterfly fan.

More Ideas

Pink butterfly fan   Sequins and rhinestones can be added to further jazz up your fan. However, glue them well so that they don't come off when you start using your fan.
Butterfly mask Ask for an adult's help. Think the butterfly is just too pretty to use as a fan? Cut out a pair of eyeholes and use your butterfly project as a beautiful butterfly mask!