How to Make a Hanger Butterfly

How to Make a Hanger Butterfly

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hangerbutterfly

When left to their own devices kids have a resilient way of keeping themselves entertained, take this butterfly for example. The mind of this fourth grader wanted to make a pretty decoration for her room, so she figured out how to bend and stretch a metal hanger and wrap it with colorful pipe cleaners. I was so impressed I asked her to make three more just for this post, and in exchange she learned the word "armature" and I watched creativity discovered from my sofa.

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butterflyhanger3

First get yourself a soft metal hanger, like the kind from your local dry cleaner. Then holding the hanger near the hook, grip the middle of the hanger and pull apart, making a long oval shape.

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butterflyhanger4

 Bend the hanger backward into a triangle shape. The hook should reach the part of the bent hanger, then squeeze the hook securely around the hanger.

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butterflyhanger7

Bend the "wings"  to be symmetrical.

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butterflyhanger6

This is an armature for a pipe cleaner butterfly.

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hangerbutterfly2

About 10 pipe cleaners will do it!

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