Make Your Own Peg Butterflies

Peg Butterflies

Who doesn’t love butterflies! These super cute Peg Butterflies are really simple to make, and look very effective. The beauty of them is you can still use them as pegs, so they are pretty and functional too. We are going to make a load up and use them to hang the children’s artwork in the playroom. Or you could simply have them as decorations.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we are lucky to be part of the Bostik Blogger team. Each month we are sent a box of themed craft goodies to inspire us for our next creation. This month’s theme was flying.

I have made peg and pipe cleaner crocodiles before, and have wanted to add to our peg animal collection for a while. So when I saw the pegs in the box and the paper doilies I had to make some beautiful peg butterflies.

They are really easy to make, and great for the kids to do with minimal parental supervision. The finished peg butterflies look great as a decoration, or can be useful too.

So if you would like to know how to make them read on, or pin it for later!

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Peg Butterflies

What You Will Need

  • Peg
  • Paper doilies- one small and one larger
  • Scissors
  • Poster paint and paintbrush
  • Bostik White Glu
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Wooden skewer
  • Bostik Micro Dots
  • Sequins or other embellishments
  • 2 small googley eyes

How You Make Peg Butterflies

  1. First you need to cut your wings from the paper doilies. Use the outer curves of the doilies as a guide to cut out a segment as shown in the picture. This way you can get wings with exactly the same pattern. Cut two from the large doily and two from the smaller one. I then lined them up over each other to make sure the wings were the same size, and trimmed any excess.
  2. Paint your peg and doily wings with poster paint. You will need to have some scrap paper underneath as the paint will go through the holes of the doilies. I found that it was best to then peel the wings carefully off this paper after you’ve painted them which helped prevent them from sticking to it as they dried. When dry turn them over and paint the other side. 
  3. Whilst waiting for the peg and wings to dry completely you can make your pip cleaner antennae. Cut two 6.5cm lengths of pipe cleaner, and wind each one around a wooden skewer, leaving about 1cm straight at one end. 
  4. Glue the doily wings to the back of the peg and stick the pipe cleaner antennae to the top of the peg using Bostik White Glu.
  5. When the glue is completely dry it is time to add the googley eyes and sequins to decorate the wings. I used Bostik Micro Dots for this, as they are perfect for small irregular objects such as sequins. They also are mess free and leave no glue residues. To use them you simply peel back the backing paper and press the sequin onto the adhesive surface. This transfers the micro dots to the sequin so when you peel it, it effectively becomes a sticker.
  6. That’s it, your finished butterfly! They look great hanging around in a kids bedroom or playroom, and can be functional too.

    Peg Butterflies

So what do you think of our Peg Butterflies? Is it something you would make with your little ones? I love to hear ALL your feedback on my crafts, and if you never want to miss one of our posts, enter your e-mail address below for our weekly newsletter.

Kerry xx

Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies for the purpose of this post as part of our role as #BostikBloggers.


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  1. This looks like ALOT of fun and something that our crafty 8 year old would love to do. A perfect activity for a perfect little girl I reckon! A great way to display colourings in and the like. Thanks for hosting #kcacols

    1. My son isn’t into crafts as much unless it involves making a mess! He liked our latest paper mache hot air balloon though!

  2. Penguin’s got a thing for pegs at the moment So I think he’d love a little peg craft like this. And they look fab! x #KidsandKreativity

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