Our Contribution to the Holocaust Museum Butterfly Project



Here is the butterfly were are submitting to the Holocaust Museum. I am so happy with how it came out. This is really a group effort and we all left our mark on the butterfly. The girls prepared the papers, I cut them out and arranged them and then Lu and I decorated them together. We used Lu & Em's hand to make this butterfly. See this post for more details. We have done this type of project before (see here) although this time I had the girls mod podge tissue to sheet of card stock.


  1. Cut up tissue into squares
  2. For kids it is easier to use a foam brush.
  3. We also use small yogurt containers filled with some mod podge (or glue slightly watered down would work.)
  4. Have child try to cover as much of the paper as they can -- overlapping the tissue as they go. For this project you will need 2 8x10 pieces of collaged paper in one color scheme and one 8x10 piece of collaged paper in a complementary color scheme. You may need to do this over several craft sessions. If you have an older child they can complete this section fairly quickly.
  5. Lu wanted to use paint too so I mixed a bit of red paint into the mod podge.
  6. We also added in sequins between the layers for some depth and interest and because we love sequins.
  7. Let dry.
  8. When dry trace hands of child on the back of the 2 pieces with the similar color scheme. 2 of the left hand closed, 2 of the right hand closed, 1 each of left and right hand with thumb sticking out 90 degrees. Save the complementary color scheme piece for later.
  9. Cut out.
  10. Arrange butterfly and glue onto a piece of card stock.
  11. Cut out circles and shapes to decorate your butterfly with the complementary color scheme piece. Glue down.
  12. Final coat of mod podge to finish.
  13. We also glued down a few sparkles.
  14. I ended up cutting it out from white backing to send to the museum for easier display.

10 comments:

Lindsey Moore said...

This wsa great work...really enjoyed reading your post...

teachmama said...

it's beautiful. absolutely, totally, and completely beautiful.

Christy said...

That is beautiful. I have been meaning to do something for this project. Thanks for the reminder.

summur braley said...

That is beautiful.Great job!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! What a beautiful contribution.

maryanne said...

Beautiful!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

*gasp* It's.... beautiful! (as everyone else has said). Oh my goodness, it will be in the perfect addition to the project. How inspiring!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love this! The first time I went to the Holocaust Museum, I accompanied a friend who was the only child of two Holocaust survivors. Seeing this would have brought a smile despite the sadness we felt.

Sharon said...

It is SO beautiful. What a wonderful contribution! Can't wait to see pictures of all the butterflies on display!

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

This is adorable. I definitely need to make this one with my daughter!

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