I thought this was such a cute idea. I found it on Project Balancing Act. And, since I have friends with little tots, I wanted to post this.
This would be a great idea for a birthday party craft project. All of the kids make their own and it is the gift that they take home.
Just use finger paints for the butterfly wings and a permanent marker for the body. Put their name and date in the corner, and their parents will be so happy about the party!!
I would suggest that this would be a great project for the parties that you have the parents stay and participate. They can each help their own child and it would be a wonderful bonding craft. Maybe even the parents could make their own and get their feet a little messy with their kids!! How fun!!!
To cut down on costs, you can just purchase canvas panels instead of stretched canvas. They come in a lot of different sizes. You can find some good deals at Art Supplies Online.
Be sure to use a drop cloth and have plenty of handi-wipes close by =)