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Butterfly Earcuff

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If you are having a butterfly/fairy day, fandom party, or jewelry making program, a butterfly earcuff craft is a good project to include.

Budget: $30+ (Depends on the supplies you already own)

Supplies Needed:

  • Foam
  • Paint pens (I used water based Sharpie paint pens but it can be any paint pen)
  • Jewelry wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Jewelry pliers or needle nose pliers
  • Sewing needle and thread


  1. Look for butterfly wing templates and choose different designs. Print and cut them out for teens to choose. Or allow teens to draw their own.
  2. Trace template around the foam color of their choosing. White foam is the best to paint on but black works well on all the foam colors.
  3. Cut out template and draw in the wing design of their choice.
  4. Outline with the black paint pen and use white for the dots.
    1. The white might get muddled because of the black so teens can use white paint with a dotting tool.
  5. Cut the jewelry wire about 8 inches.
  6. Have teens bend their wire around their ear.
  7. Using the pliers, make little curls on each end of the wire.
  8. Using a needle and thread, have each teen sew the wing to the desired location of the wire.
  9. Fit the cuff to the ear.


  • The hardest part of this project is bending the wire. I’d recommend giving teens practice wire to find out the best way to bend it.




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