Toilet Roll Butterflies

Henry hasn’t been well this week. It looks like his back molars are starting to push through and are causing him trouble which means I’ve had a Velcro baby on my hands for the past few days. Darcie has been a superstar while he’s been poorly, which means that we’ve been trying to optimise his nap times together. This is where we came up with our toilet roll butterflies.

Something quick and easy for us to do together while the boy zzz’d for an hour or so.

toddler craft - toilet roll butterflies - blog header image


  • Empty toilet roll holders
  • Scissors to cut them down to size
  • Pens and gems to decorate them with
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • A stick and string if you’d like to make them into a mobile like we did

toddler craft - toilet roll butterflies - what you need


First off, press each toilet roll holder flat and colour with the felt pen as a base. Once done, cut each tube into quarters. Use the double sided sticky tape to place the quarters together in a butterfly wing shape. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist for the body of your butterfly. Secure the wings on either side using the double sided sticky tape. You may need to use normal sticky tape to secure in place.

Now, this is the fun bit. Let your little ones at the gems to add a little colour and zing to your butterfly. This was the Bear’s favourite part and she loved adding flowers to her butterfly – especially the pink ones.

toddler craft - toilet roll butterflies - decorating underway

There we have it, a little set of butterflies. We used a branch of our Easter tree to string them to and made our very own butterfly mobile which is now hanging with pride in our hallway.

toddler craft - toilet roll butterflies - mobile

If you liked this idea, then why not check out our creations section on the blog for more ideas.

Toilet roll butterflies is a the perfect toddler / pre-schooler craft. Quick and easy to do, they are relatively mess free and take less than an hour to make. Use as a standalone butterfly to make into a toilet roll butterfly mobile like we did. Beautiful in the home or in the garden.


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  1. Rebecca Greenway says:

    These are amazing. I love the idea. I hope Henry is better soon x

  2. These look so cool! I am going to have to give them ago at the weekend to replace the eggs in the kids play room! love simple crafts

    1. tippytupps says:

      We always try to keep it simple so both kids can get involved.

  3. Very cool and so simple. There are so many things you can create with toilet roll

  4. Super cute and a great way to recycle stuff around the house
    Britt |

  5. These are adorable. We are going to try them out today.

    1. tippytupps says:

      Fabulous! Let me know how it goes

  6. Fab idea Vicki 🙂

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