How to Make Tin Can Butterflies

Posted on July 3rd, 2016

How to Make Tin Can Butterflies

Trash 2 Treasure July

I have been playing around with different things to make from the many beer cans as we send away plenty in recycling from here at Coombe Mill. I take it as a sign of happy holiday makers!  So far I’ve looked at tin can flowers and pretty tea light holders and made some sparkly eyes with the children here to scare away the crows and protect our chicken eggs. This time I experimented with opening the cans out and have turned them into pretty tin can butterflies perfect for use in the garden bringing a splash of summer fun at any time of year.

Butterflies on the Fence at Coombe Mill

What you’ll need

  • Beer can
  • Small knife with a pointed tip
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Marker pen
  • Hammer
  • Nail

What you'll need Tin Can Butterflies


Make an entry point into the top of the can with the knife Pierce the Can with a Knife carefully.
Cut off the Top of the Can. Cut from the entry point round with scissors and remove the lid
Repeat for the base. Repeat to the Bottom of the Can
Cut up through the can Cut up the can to make a flat sheet
Fold lightly inside out and mark half a butterfly outline freehand Fold open the Can
Cut out Your ButterflyCut along the drawn line and watch your butterfly spring into shape.
Use a nail and hammer to attach to a fence panel or tree.Nail your Butterfly to the Fence

A few Extras you could try

Try cutting some different shapes, a longer tail and closer wings makes a good dragonfly

Pin to a stick and pop into the ground to decorate a flower bed or Fairy Garden

Tin Can Butterflies and Dragonflies in the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill

A vlog tutorial on making tin can butterflies 



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Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.


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My June winner of the duck tape colours is Sarah from TheRealLaraShoe with a creative Junk Modelling session with her children. June Winner of Trash 2 Treasure. Junk Modelling by The Real Lara Shoe

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