Canvas wall picture 3D bufferflies and flowers

This makes a lovely picture for the wall. I wanted a project that my daughter and I could do together and keep. Would also make a great project to do for Mothers Day, or as a gift for Grandma.

Canvas wall picture 3D bufferflies and flowers Canvas wall picture 3D bufferflies and flowers Canvas wall picture 3D bufferflies and flowers

Project Info

Difficulty Difficult
Duration Several hours
Age 3+
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  • crepe or tissue paper (colour of your choice) (optional)
  • egg box
  • glitter (optional)
  • green paint for stems of flowere
  • green pipe cleaner (optional)
  • large canvas ((approximately 15 x 20 inches)g
  • paint colours of your choice for flowers and butterflies
  • pale blue paint (or darker blue and white to make pale blue)
  • scrap cardboard (i.e. old cereal box)
  • white or pale coloured card


  • Step 10

  1. paint a large canvas pale blue all over and set aside to dry
  2. Cut out and paint 4 or more egg cup flowers following 'egg cup flower canvas' project instructions on Broogly, set aside to dry
  3. Make 5 or more butterfly footprints onto thin card following the instructions on the Broogly project 'butterfly footprints'. I did some with my feet (mum) and some with my daughters so they were different sizes and so we could both join in but this is your choice...obviously the butterfly is as big as your foot. You could do one for each member of the family or different colours or all the same. We decorated them with glitter too. Set the butterflies aside to dry
  4. Make folded cardboard supports for the butterflies (all those you wand to be 3D). Make them 4 cm wide by 7cm long. Fold the card at 1.5 cm along (parallel) the long length and again at 2.5cm. I made this up as I went along but did four 3D and 2 flat.
  5. (optional) Make a flower by scrunching up Crepe paper and gluing it to a green pipe cleaner with bends to make the leaves and a stem
  6. When the butterflies are dry stick them to the supports to make them 3D like they are flying.
  7. Lay out all the flowers and butterflies on the canvas to decide where you want to stick them
  8. Draw the grass and stems in green pain once you know where you want them
  9. Stick the flowers and butterflies on
  10. Hang on the wall!! (when dry!!)


  1. This is quite a long project for younger kids so you can do different bits on different days otherwise they may get fed up or loose concentration!
  2. Make sure you use the plane side of the cardboard against the butterflies otherwise the colours may show through
  3. The middle of the butterfly (the body) can be done with finger prints or with glitter
  4. Adding glitter really helps it catch the light on the wall
  5. You can use textured paper for the butterflies to add more texture
  6. Pale colours don't show up too well across the room for the butterflies, I wished I didn't use pastel colours!


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Useful supplies

- our picks from Amazon for this project:
Mr. Pen- Tissue Paper for Gift Wrapping, 120 Sheets, 10 Colors, 20 x 26 Inches, Tissue Paper for Crafts, Colored Tissue Paper, Tissue Paper for Gift Bags, Rainbow Tissue Paper, Craft Tissue Paper
Mr. Pen- Tissue Paper for Gift Wrapping
Creativity Street Chenille Stems/Pipe Cleaners, Dark Green, 12 Inch x 4mm, 100 Count
Creativity Street Chenille Stems/Pipe Cleaners
ARTEZA Canvases for Painting, Pack of 8, 12 x 12 Inches, Square White Stretched Canvas Bulk, 100% Cotton, 8 oz Gesso-Primed, Art Supplies for Adults and Teens, Acrylic Pouring and Oil Painting
ARTEZA Canvases for Painting
Prang Ready-to-Use Tempera Paint, Assorted Colors, 16 Oz., 12 Count
Prang Ready-to-Use Tempera Paint
Teenitor Glitter, Fine Glitter, Glitter for Resin, Glitter Crafts and Arts, Scrapbooking, Paints, Assorted Color Kit, 15g Each, Set of 12
Teenitor Glitter
Printworks White Cardstock, 67 lb, 92 Bright, FSC Certified, Perfect for School and Craft Projects, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 100 Sheets (00540)
Printworks White Cardstock

Related Books

- our picks from Amazon for this project:
From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
My, Oh My--A Butterfly! All About Butterflies (The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
My, Oh My--A Butterfly! All About Butterflies
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors

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