Have you ever watched a butterfly flutter and fly around your yard? It is amusing because they don’t fly from point A to point B in a straight line like birds do. They flutter and fly in a zig zag, crazy random pattern. If you try to catch one you will look like a crazy person running around in a zig zag pattern swatting a butterfly net from left to right like you are being attacked by killer bees. How do I know this? Because my grandson loves to chase them. We do it often and I look like a crazy woman. Sometimes we catch them and sometimes we don’t. I knew if I made him some simple butterfly cookies, he would give me a big hug. It was easier than running through a field trying to catch one.
I know they may look hard to make but if you take it one step at a time they are simple. I thought it would be fun to make this an educational experience so I added a few cookies to make the life cycle of a butterfly. What do you think? I think cookies are fun and can be used a an informational snack or for a science project. Or as a tool to keep you from running around like a crazy person.
We will start with the butterfly cookies today and make the caterpillars, leaves, pupa and the flying butterflies tomorrow and Friday.
Supplies for Simple Butterfly Cookies:
15 Second Icing in the following colors:
Piping bags or decorating bottles fitted with #2 tips-I am a huge fan of PME tips but any tip will work.
Airbrush gun with yellow and orange airbrush color
Paint brushes- I like this set and this set
Black Food Gel Color
Outline and flood the wings with the white icing. I am going to add a tutorial on how to make the flying butterfly on Friday so be sure to check back then. You can add one or two to a platter or set to make your platter or set stand out.
To make the base for the butterfly cookie, begin by airbrushing a little yellow on the wings.
Then, outline the edges with orange.
Next, airbrush the entire wing with orange but, don’t add a heavy spray on the yellow areas. I know it is hard to see in the picture but, a thinner coat of orange on top of the yellow will give the illusion of see through wings. You can see it better in the picture below.
Painting on a cookie is simple if you have the right brushes. All painters have their favorite brand or type. I added a link to my favorite detail brushes in the supply list and they may or may not work for you. I suggest you go to your local craft store and purchase one or two inexpensive ones to see if you like them. If you do, great! If not, you can buy a few more until you find the type you like.
To begin painting on the wings, add a little water to a little black food gel and load your detail brush. Make a black outline on the edge of the wings like on the picture above.
Paint in between the lines with the black food gel and the wider brush.
Continue all the way around the wing.
Be sure to go all the way to the edge of the cookie.
Once your cookies has the thick outline painted on the edge, use the tip of the brush to make the inside edge a little rough looking. You don’t want the inside line to be straight and smooth because that is not how a real butterfly wing looks. It will look more realistic if you make a rough line.
Next, make the lines on the inside of the wings. It is simple if you take one line at a time. Use the detail brush to make a square-ish tear drop shape on the bottom wing.
See how simple that was?
Add a few lines from the teardrop shape to the thick black line.
Continue around the bottom wing. We aren’t quite finished but, since we have the detail brush loaded and ready we can move onto the top wing.
Make an open oval at the top of the wing.
Then, make a few lines from the oval to the thick black line.
If you look at a picture of a butterfly, you will see the thin black lines don’t just attach to the thick black lines on the wings. The orange part is in an oval shape. It is easy to achieve by painting a triangle where the thin detail line meets the thick black line on the wing. Add one to each detail line.
Finish the wing by painting a thick line at the top of the wing with the thicker brush.
Repeat the process on the other wing and allow it to dry for a little while.
Then, make a few white dots around the edge of the wings and allow space between each one.
Add yellow dots in between the white dots.
The body of the butterfly is easy to make. Pipe a black dot for the head.
Then, pipe the body with the black icing. You can make a body by adding dots or making a solid line. I like to mix it up when I make a batch. There you have it. Simple butterfly cookies that everyone can make. Be sure to come back tomorrow and Friday for the tutorials on the leaves, pupas, caterpillars and the flying butterfly cookies.
For Part 2-How to Make a Caterpillar Cookie, click here.
For Part 3-How to Make a Flying Butterfly Cookie, click here.
For more information on how to paint on a cookie, check out this video.
For more information on how to airbursh a cookie, check out this video and this one.