Simple Service: Felt Butterflies

Service Project: Create felt butterflies for people that make life a little easier.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cost: $5

Duration: 45 minutes (this includes drying time)

Lesson(s) learned: Create felt butterflies to show appreciation for those that make life a little easier

How we did it:
It’s easy to go through our day and not stop to appreciate all the people who work hard to make life easier for us. I think it’s important to teach our children to reflect on this. There are so many people that “serve” us on a daily basis and make a difference in our lives. Perhaps it’s your barista who puts a smiley face on your child’s cup of milk. What about that super attentive waiter at your favorite restaurant? For us, it’s the incredible people at our local supermarket.

Addie and I probably visit our grocery store around four times a week. We have been known to visit twice in one day. Sure, some may consider that poor planning, I, however, enjoy our grocery store. The staff is exceptionally nice and they go out of their way to assist you. I will share one of my favorite experiences, to illustrate my point. During a recent shopping trip, Addie and I stopped by the deli counter to get some freshly sliced cheese for her turkey sandwiches. I asked Yvonne (yes, we are on a first name basis!) what she recommended. She named a few choices and asked if we wanted to sample some. “Of course!” I quickly replied. As Addie was sampling the cheese, Yvonne and another staff member came out from around the counter with a napkin and a cup of water for Addie, just in case she didn’t care for one of the cheeses. Wow! I was incredibly thankful that they did that because the next cheese that I fed her ended up being spit out and the water was promptly guzzled down. ‘Now that’s service,’ I thought to myself.

This project gives your child an opportunity to show their appreciation for anyone who has touched their life with great customer service.

What you will need to make 4 butterflies:
8 pieces of colored felt (you can easily utilize less by using the same color in multiple butterflies)
4 twisty ties (you can use craft pipe cleaners)
4 pieces of thin ribbon
Glue on jewels (optional)

First, gather all your supplies for the project. Have your child arrange the felt in groups of two so that they can get an idea of the color patterns they would like for the butterflies.

Fold the felt in half. On the creased side, draw half of the butterfly. Hint: It may be easier for your child to do this if you have them visualize drawing hearts. The top part of the butterfly is half of a heart. The bottom part is the other half of a heart (just upside down).

Have your child cut the butterfly out.

Next, take the second piece of felt, fold it in half, and place the butterfly that was just cut out (folded) on top of the second piece of felt. Have your child trace a larger butterfly outline around the cut out butterfly.

Cut out the second butterfly.

Open up both butterfly cut outs and place the smaller butterfly on top of the larger butterfly. Glue them together.

Take a twisty tie and fold it in half to resemble a “V.” Twist the ends into small curls. Now your butterflies will have cute, little antennae!

Decorate your butterfly. Addie (as she tends to do) likes to use glitter and little jewels.

Here’s another combination that Addie came up with.

Once your four butterflies have been decorated and the glue has dried, you can start assembling them.

Cut 4 pieces of thin ribbon in 10” to 12” lengths.

Turn your butterflies over and glue the antennae and ribbon to the back of the butterfly. Note: We used hot glue since it adheres to felt well and it dries quickly.


Addie gave a butterfly to Devin for making her a yummy glass of milk. It looks like she’s whistling for reinforcements, right? I’m not sure if anyone answered her call because I whisked her away to finish the rest of our shopping. We had more butterflies to hand out, too!

Addie also gave butterflies to Andrew and Amanda. They frequently are our checker and bagger. They always go out of their way to engage Addie, many times giving her a balloon. They loved their butterflies from Addie. She must have said, “Thank you,” to them ten times as we were being helped by them. I love that!

I love how this project gets your child thinking about who helps them (or the family) through providing great customer service. This helps teach them to appreciate those that work hard to make their life a little easier (and more pleasant!).

Have fun with your butterflies! 

Kelli worked in the technology industry for 20 years before taking time off to raise her daughter. She has an 18 year old son and a 2 year old daughter that have taught her how to appreciate every moment with them.