Toilet paper tube butterfly ornaments

My fingers are stained orange like I just ate a bag of Cheetos.

At least that's what naturalist Ashley Hansen said when she looked at me.

But it was for a good cause. See, I just spent 10 minutes coloring an empty toilet paper tube orange to make a super fun Christmas tree ornament!

butterfly ornament in a treeAll you'll need is:

Toilet paper tube


Hot glue sticks and glue gun

Markers, if color is desired

First, smush your toilet paper tube down to almost flat so it's easier to cut. Cut it into six rings. The final ring, cut in half so that it's two strips instead of a ring.

butterfly ornament step 1

Fold each ring so that they are now ovals with pointed ends.

butterfly ornament step 2

Select what will be your butterfly's body. Glue the other four rings to the body, two on each side, as wings.

Take the two strips of cardboard and roll them up tight, then release them. They should be soft curlicues.

butterfly ornament step 3

Glue each curlicue to the top of the butterfly body as antenna.

butterfly ornament step 4

If you want to make your butterfly more intricate, use another toilet paper roll and cut it into strips. Roll those strips into curlicues, and glue those inside the wings and body of your butterfly.

butterfly ornament step 5

Use your imagination!