#30DaysWild – Making a nature butterfly suncatcher

We’ve had another day indoors with a poorly Jessica so have been bringing nature inside once again for our wild activities. We’ve made suncatchers before using sticky-back plastic and tissue paper. This time, I collected some leaves and rose petals from the garden to make a nature butterfly suncatcher.


A nature butterfly suncatcher made with cardboard, sticky-back plastic, leaves and petals on a window - "#30DaysWild - Making a nature butterfly suncatcher"


You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Sticky-back plastic
  • Leaves and petals from the garden


1) Cut the piece of cardboard into a butterfly shape.


A butterfly shape cut out of green cardboard


2) Cut out the wings of the butterfly so that you’re left with a cardboard outline of a butterfly.


A cardboard outline of a butterfly


3) Cover the butterfly shape with sticky-back plastic and turn over so it is sticky side up. Trim the sticky-back plastic around the butterfly shape.


4) Decorate the butterfly wings by sticking petals and leaves to the sticky back plastic



A butterfly shape with leaves and petals stuck to the sticky-back plastic


5) Cover the decorated butterfly with another layer of sticky-back plastic so the leaves and petals are sealed between the two layers. Trim around the butterfly shape leaving a border of sticky-back plastic around the butterfly which you can then use to attach it to the window.


The finished butterfly with leaves and petals stuck to the wings and a border of sticky back plastic around the butterfly shape which is used to stick it to the window


Sophie enjoyed making her nature butterfly suncatcher while her sister had a sleep on the sofa. The sleep seems to have done Jessica good. She was feeling much better when she woke up, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to get out and about once again tomorrow.


Sophie decorating the butterfly with leaves and petals

This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.

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