New Life Butterfly Craft

for Children's Ministry

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" 2 Corinthians 5:17-18.

The Bible tells us that our sins separate us from God; we are considered his enemies. But when we trust and follow Jesus, we are reconciled, we become a friend of God, and not only a friend, but his child. When this happens, the Bible says we become new creatures—a new creation. The word in the Bible that describes this change (metamorphoo in Greek, metamorphosis in English) is the word that describes how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. This is why Christians use the symbol of the butterfly to represent this new life transformation. 

Today we will make butterflies to remember that when we are in Christ, we are new creatures! 

2 white, round, paper coffee filters, 1 black pipe cleaner, water color paint, paint brush, clean water.

Step 1: Flatten the two coffee filters.
Step 2: Scrunch the filters in the middle. Fan the outside edges.
Step 3: Loop the pipe cleaner around the two coffee filters. Curl the ends to look like the antennas on a butterfly. 
Step 4: Hold the butterfly with the pipe cleaner. Dip your paint brush into your water colors. Dab the paint onto your butterfly. (Butterflies are symmetrical in their coloring.) Be careful not to let your colors get muddy. Keep your water clean! You may want to lightly wet the filter first, then apply the paint for a soft effect. Allow the butterfly to dry. 

USES: You may want to hot glue your butterfly onto a hair clip and wear it in your hair, or onto a clothespin with a magnet on the back for your refrigerator. My daughter suggested using the butterfly on a wrapped birthday present instead of a bow! You could even use it on your Christmas tree as an ornament symbolizing new life in Jesus Christ! 

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