DIY Butterfly Jar for 18 Inch Dolls!

DIY Craft for 18 Inch Dolls - Butterfly JarToday we are going to make a butterfly jar that’s just the right size for American Girl or other 18″ dolls.  Finally, somewhere to keep your dolly’s summer pet! 🙂

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What You’ll Need:

  • Small craft storage containers (I found these in the toy section of my local Dollar Tree!)
  • Colored cardstock, scrapbook paper or construction paper (for the butterfly wings)
  • Thin, small twigs
  • A little bit of dirt for the bottom of the jar

You will also need the following tools: scissors, school glue, a glue-stick and a pen with black ink.

Step 1: Making the jar

Start by putting a layer of school glue at the bottom of your jar, making sure to spread it around so that the bottom is completely covered.  Next, add enough dirt to coat all the glue.  Make sure it’s spread evenly around.  Let the glue dry for about 30 minutes, and then pour out any excess dirt that didn’t stick to the glue.  Wipe off any dirt that might be on the jar walls so it stays nice and clear – we want to be able to see the butterfly 🙂

Step 2: Making the Butterfly

Using the black ink pen, draw a butterfly about the size of a dime on your colored paper.  I modeled mine after a Monarch Butterfly, but you can be as creative as you like 🙂  Once you’re happy with your drawing, cut out around the butterfly in a wide strip – we don’t want to trim too close to the butterfly yet!

Cover the back of the butterfly’s paper with glue using a glue-stick. Fold the paper in half and press it flat – now both the back and front of the butterfly will be colored. Carefully trim the paper from around the butterfly.  Yay, your butterfly is done! 😀

Step 3: Assembly

Next, carefully bend the butterfly in half so that it will have a realistic shape once we glue it to the branch.  Take a small twig and cut or break it so it’s the right length to go into the jar at an angle. Place a line of glue in the middle of the branch and then attach the butterfly (make sure you don’t attach the butterfly too high up on the twig, or you won’t be able to put the jar lid on!).  You will have to hold the butterfly in place for a few minutes while the glue stiffens.  Let the glue dry completely before putting the butterfly and twig into your jar.

Congratulations, you’re done! Now go show off your new summer pet! 😀

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