Craft Project Ideas - Chenille Bead Butterflies

Chenille Bead Butterflies

Skill Level: 1 of 5

What you need:

•   Chenille Stems

•   Assorted Beads

•   Scissors

•   Elmer’s Tacky Glue, Elmer’s Glue All or Glue Gun (Adult supervision required when using a glue gun)


1. Take 2 pieces of chenille stems and slide a bead over one end for the butterfly head about 1” down. Take another chenille stem and at the half way mark, wrap it around the 2 pieces of chenille just under the bead head. This will be the first set of wings. Twist to hold into place.

2. Alternating colours, slide beads onto one side, approximately 20 per wing. Leave a small piece at the end of the chenille. Bend the end back to the body of the butterfly and twist it around to secure in place. Repeat the process on the other side.

3. To create the second set of wings, repeat the same process. Start just below the first set of wings.

4. To finish off the tail, add beads to the 2 pieces of chenille to the length desired. Cut the chenille and fold the sharp ends up into the last bead.

5. Finish by bending the antennae into place.

6. With the pink chenille, twist into a tail and glue onto the back.