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Easy How to Draw a Butterfly Tutorial Video and Butterfly Coloring Pages

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Butterfly and a Butterfly Coloring Page. It’s a great lesson in drawing and coloring with symmetry.

Butterfly Drawing

Grownups like to draw butterflies too!!

More about Butterfly Drawing

Many How to Draw a Butterfly tutorials found on the internet tend to be overly simple (as in wings with a few circles) or overly complex (complete monarchs with dozens of shapes). This project is intended to land in the middle. The outline of the wings land on the center guides, to help students get started, and there are just enough shapes inside to give a realistic look, without getting forever lost in them.

Try challenging your students to layer crayon color to jazz up their background. You don’t have to use oil pastels to do it, pressing hard with crayons and laying down lots of waxy color can look amazing too! Scroll down to see this lovely purple coloring option. It’s not too hard to understand why so many children AND adults are fascinated with butterflies. Their color and delicate beauty make them endlessly fun to look at.

Why draw with Guides?

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow. All they need to do is fold their sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The best part is, by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will have disappeared!

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  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
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Time Lapse of a Butterfly Drawing

Directions for How to Draw a Butterfly

Time needed: 1 hour

How to Draw a Butterfly

  1. Draw the body and head on the center line.

  2. Add the two symmetrical top wings.

  3. Draw two symmetrical bottom wings.

  4. Start the symmetrical shapes on the top wings.

  5. Finish the symmetrical shapes in the wings.

  6. Start the bottom symmetrical shapes.

  7. Add two more shapes on each side.

  8. Finish the bottom shapes and add two antennae.

  9. Trace the drawing with a marker and color.

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Free Butterfly Coloring Pages

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