Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

About the tradition: 

Monarch butterflies are believed to hold the spirits of the departed. Aztec tradition holds that the souls of the departed will return as hummingbirds and butterflies, and the link between myth and the monarchs’ annual return spans centuries. The first monarchs arrive in Mexico for the winter each fall around November 1, coinciding with Día de los Muertos.

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Orange tissue paper

• Black markers

• Black paint

• Paint brush

• Black clothes pins

• Black pipe cleaners, cut in half


1. Paint the clothes pins black and set aside to dry.

2. Cut out a 5” x 5” square from your orange tissue paper.

3. Decorate the orange tissue paper with black marker.

4. Accordion fold your tissue paper.

5. Clip the folded tissue paper in the middle between the clothes pin.

6. Wrap pipe cleaner around the clothes pin and bend them to look like antennae.

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