Make Your Own Peg Butterflies

March 15, 2018 43 Comments
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!

Pin For Later!

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.

[convertkit form=5058995]

Kerry xx

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



  • Veronica Lee March 18, 2018 at 5:20 am

    These are so pretty! Sharing this with my sister – she’s a preschool teacher.


    • Kerry March 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you. Yes they would be great for pre-school!

  • This Scribbler Mum March 18, 2018 at 11:44 am

    What a great idea and they look really pretty too. #kcacols

    • Kerry March 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you!

  • Tracy Albiero March 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I see it as a great way to hang art! This would be good for my classroom too! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      They would be great for the classroom!

  • Five in the Hive March 18, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Aaaw these are cute, they look really effective too. #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you!

  • Julie Downes March 18, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    So pretty and a great idea for hanging up art! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, yes they look really good in our playroom.

  • Carol Cameleon March 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    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

    • Kerry March 19, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you, yes it is a lovely little craft to do.If she does do it let me know, and send me a pic x

  • Kim -The Blog Genie March 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    These look so simple to make. Will have to give it a go sometime

    • Kerry March 19, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Let me know if you do!

  • Tubbs March 19, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    These are great 🙂 Pinned for church. Thank you

    • Kerry March 20, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Thank you! I love hearing stuff like this x

  • jeremy-thirstydaddy March 20, 2018 at 1:32 am

    looks great. My daughter loves this sort of thing. Our entire dining room table is now nothing more than a craft table. #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 20, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Ha ha, crafts are taking over our whole house! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Abi March 20, 2018 at 11:40 am

    We are on day 2 of a screen free week so I am going to pull these bad boys out for later this week! Thank you! #KCACOLS

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood March 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    These are very cute, great idea for a fun craft 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you!

  • Becky @ Educating Roversi March 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Such a cute idea! I wish my son was into creative stuff. He gets bored with it easily. I’m banking this one though, hoping that my daughter likes bit of cutting and sticking! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm

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

  • mainy March 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Pretty and practical crafting, love it:)

    • Kerry March 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks Mainy x

  • Red Rachel March 23, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I love these, they are so cool! What a great little idea to do with the little ones!

  • Red Rachel March 23, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I love these, they are so cool! What a great little idea to do with the little ones! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry March 25, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Thank you!

  • Tracey March 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    This look so sweet, makes me miss working in a nursery! #KCACOLS

  • Acorn Books April 1, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    These are so sweet and a great way to hang up pictures too.

    • Kerry April 3, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Thank you!

  • Clare April 14, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Oh these are adorable, and in so much detail. I love them #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry April 26, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you!

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood April 15, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    These are really cute and such a good idea to use to hang up the kids artwork with! #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry April 26, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Yes we need to make more for our ever growing art collection!

  • ruth April 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    My youngest would love these #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry April 26, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Let me know if you make some!

  • Cassandra Mayers April 18, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Aww they look great! What a cute idea!

    • Kerry April 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you!

  • Malin April 20, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    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

    • Kerry April 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      We are planning or making some dragon flies too in a similar manner.

  • Helena April 26, 2018 at 9:11 am

    To me the butterfly seems equivalent to the dove. So peaceful and beautiful. Thanks for sharing this craft. #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry April 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Yes, I love butterflies!

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    About Me

    About Me

    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


    Do You Want to Inject a Little Creativity into Your Family Life? Join the FREE open ended challenge!

    Do You Want Access to The Secret Garden?

    Kids and Kreativity Linky

    TOTS100 - UK Parent Blogs

    We are affliates of Hobbycraft!

    Hobbycraft Free Shipping link