“The very hungry caterpillar“ BUTTERFLY Craft; A Collage Homage to Eric Carle 1929-2021 🐛

Eric Carle, the beloved children’s author and illustrator who wrote the classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was an influential and inspiring artist. His work has become engrained in children and adult’s minds, enriching our lives and inspiring learning and creativity. To honour Eric Carle’s amazing legacy we wanted to make some inspired crafts and share the process so that others can make them too!

We used Eric Carle’s technique of painting on tissue paper and collaging it to create the colourful, textured butterfly wings. It is such an interesting creative process, that has stunning end results. Teaching children a technique used by this amazing illustrator is what makes this craft so special.

We used recycled cardboard for this craft. The template wings and head is created out of a cereal box and tissue paper. The cylinder body is a toilet paper roll painted green and cut in half.

Have fun flying this toy puppet around and using it in pretend play and in puppet shows!


  1. Mod Podge or clear school glue

  2. Washable kids Paint or non-toxic acrylic paint

  3. Paint Brush

  4. Recycled Cardboard (thin cereal box, cracker or pasta box)

  5. A Recycled Toilet Paper Roll

  6. Painters palette and water and jar to clean your brushes.

  7. Scissors

  8. Xacto Knife (or scissors)

  9. The Very Hungry caterpillar book - if desired as a reference.


PAINT: Start by painting onto coloured tissue paper, leaving some of the tissue paper colour exposed.

Make your brush strokes however you’d lke, back and fourth, up and down. Experiment with the brush and see what texture you like best. Paint carefully so you don’t rip the paper. Holding down the paper helps.

Now that you have your paints out, you should now paint the toilet paper roll green. You’ll be cutting the toilet paper roll in half for the caterpillar body, So either paint half or the entire roll, if you plan on making two!

Set that aside to dry.

Creating the BUTTERFLY: