Four weeks a go my second daughter moved 2 hours away to go to college. We are missing her and she is missing us too (I think) so I decided to make some care packages for her. These cute clothespin candy butterflies are going in the first box along with a few other fun items. I had so much fun making them!
5 reasons to make a butterfly craft filled with candy
- They are super cute!
- Great gift for ANYone
- CANDY! You can fill them with whatever favorite candy you want to give
- Great door or dorm room decor, teachers, lockers etc.
- Pass it on! I am sending extra candy for my daughter to “treat” a friend to a pretty butterfly on their dorm room door!
Here is how to make your own clothespin butterfly filled with candy!
Grab some pain and clothespins. Any color works, I bet you have some paint in your craft supplies that would work! Mine are blue with white dots and pink with purple dots(only these are pictured).
Then decorate the body of your butterflies anyway you want! I decided polka dots were what I wanted! I used a Q-tip to paint the dots. Let the paint dry and then grab some pipe cleaners for the next step.
Find the middle of your pipe cleaner and attach one end of your twist tie to the middle it. Then take the pipe cleaner and make an S shape. It's easier to find the middle before you bend the pipe cleaner--trust me on that one.
Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner toward the middle to make a figure eight. Then wrap the twist tie around the ends so figure stays in that shape. Leave most of the twist tie loose from the pipe cleaner.
Take the figure eight and put it in the clothes pin with the twist tie sticking out the end of the clothespin.
Take the end of the twist tie and wrap it around the back(unpainted) part of the clothespin to secure the pipe cleaner wings to the clothes pin. **These wings are optional and purely for looks. After the candy is gone, these wings help it to look like a butterfly or dragonfly!**
Next take another pipe cleaner and cut it in half and bend them to look like antenae. Bend one half at the middle. Put some glue on the backside of the "head" of your butterfly. Attach your pipe cleaner to the back of the clothes pin . I used E6000 glue that I found at Walmart. It did great binding the pipe cleaner to the wood and it dried in a couple of hours. You could also use a hot glue gun. I just couldn't find mine.
Hint: To keep the pipe cleaner in place I used the end of the twist tie. After it dried I re-wrapped it completely around the backside of the clothespin.
Are you going to be putting the butterfly on a metal surface? Attach a magnet to the back! Finally, put a little more glue on and stick on some eyes.
Now comes the fun part! Fill a snack size plastic bag with candy but don't fill it completely up. Pinch open the clothespin and clip it to the center of the bag of candy. The bag/candy combo makes the wings of your butterfly!
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