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Recycled Butterfly Project

After having received a plethora of recycled products especially cardboard tubes I decided to start using some for projects. For today’s lesson our class made a butterfly, since its now officially spring and we need to get some bright colors in our classroom.

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      1. Use a Cardboard Tube (this one is from a paper Towel)
    * you can trim to size though
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2. Paint the Tube Black (or any other color you would like)
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3. While you wait for the paint to dry draw four wing sections (two-pictured)

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4. Once paint dries use exacto knife to cut 4 slits on the tube
* so you can slide 2 popsicle sticks through  (see Step 5)

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5. Insert two large Popsicle sticks
*they will support the wings

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Examples of available colors

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6. Paint inside of wings (use your favorite color)

7. Not shown paint outside of wings a contrasting color and
add details (spots decorative)

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8. Place Double sided tape on Popsicle sticks (all of them)

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9. Attach wings to taped Popsicle sticks

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10. Repeat attaching wings to back side of Popsicle sticks too

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11. Choose a a pipe cleaner to compliment your butterfly

12. Step not show- hole punch two holes on top of tube for pipe cleaner
and string pipe cleaner through those holes
(I braided two colors together to match my wings)

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13. Optional- hole punch bottom of tube  string pipe cleaner through hole
curl for added fun!

This project I can see modifying down the road, adding other elements I may not have thought of on this first run through. I also thought about using colored cellophane, (more expensive). If you have any other recommendations I would love to hear them. Check back soon for more spring projects.

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