3D Butterfly Life Cycle Craft

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Assemble our 3D Butterfly Life Cycle Diorama and let your kids or students explore the life cycle of a butterfly in 3D!

This project is easy enough for each student in the class to create their own model of the butterfly life cycle.
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This 3D paper model will guide you through the 4 stages of the butterfly life cycle…

adult butterfly

Each room of the exhibition is dedicated to a stage, the butterfly stage shows an adult monarch as a butterfly.

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eggs

The next step shows a leaf full of butterfly eggs.

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caterpillar (larva)

Next we have a caterpillar nibbling on a leaf.

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Chrysalis (Chrysalis)

Before all the butterflies become pretty and colorful, there must be a stage with the doll.

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Spin the butterfly life cycle paper craft and watch each step of the process.

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How to make a 3D Butterfly Life Cycle Craft

What do you need:

  • our life cycle model for butterflies
  • thicker printing paper/cardboard
  • scissors
  • the glue
  • optional: painting accessories when printing the black and white version

Step by step guide

Print out the templates: pre-colored or black and white. If you printed in black and white, you must colorize it first.

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Cut out the 4 grids with the branch.

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Fold along all the dotted lines.

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Make nice clean folds.

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Run your fingers along the folds – the prettier the folds, the easier the next steps will be.

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Apply glue to the spot marked with the word glue.

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Paste the area with the word Paste below the green part of the quadrant.

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The first quarter of your butterfly’s life cycle diorama is complete!

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do 3 more

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Now we need to glue them all together, apply glue to a rectangular part of the diorama.

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Glue the two dioramas together.

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Add the third…

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And the fourth to complete your 3D model.

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While the glue sets, continue to cut out the pictures of the butterfly’s life cycle.

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We’ve added the names of the steps (two by two versions of the words), you can also cut them out and add them to your model or have them without the word labels.

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Let’s start with the eggs! Fold along the dotted line…

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…apply glue to the spot marked with the word glue and stick it on one of the 4 dioramas – stick it on the branch.

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Do the same with the caterpillar.

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The doll…

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…and the adult butterfly.

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Complete! Your 3D Butterfly Life Cycle Model is ready.

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