Make a butterfly out of clothespins

You can easily have a creative workshop at home at the kitchen table - see here how.

Sommerfugle lavet af papir og tøjklemmer
Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Let us take a closer look at beautiful insects from old picture boards. The pictures were once used for teaching at the Agricultural University. Try looking at the pictures of the flying insects - which one would you like to build? Maybe a nice butterfly?

Insects

Tegninger af forskellige insekter
Foto: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Tegninger af forskellige insekter

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

You need

  • Clothespins
  • Paper, napkins, tape, gift wrap, a newspaper or anything else you can fold like wings. You can also use barbecue skewers or cotton swabs for wings. Or how about finding some beautiful leaves in nature and using them as wings?
  • Ink, paint, nail polish, glitter or anything else you can decorate the clip with.

How to do it

Start by decorating the clip - it's the insect's body. Maybe it should have eyes and be  in a nice colour?

Then fold some fine wings for the insect. You can use a napkin or a newspaper. You can also use a couple of sticks, for example barbecue skewers or cotton swabs, and around the sticks you can wrap tape, which can be dyed with ink.

En farverig serviet foldes til sommerfuglevinger

Photo: Det Kgl. Bibliotek

You attach the wings to the clip, and then you have made your insect.

Share your artwork

We would very much like to see your works of art. If you want to share them with us and others, take a picture of them and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #detkreativebibliotek and #detkglbibliotek.