1) Unwrap two, new tampons. If you are not a woman, you might need to borrow a couple tampons from a friend. Don’t tell your friend why.
2) Push open the applicators and pull out the clean tampons.
3) Put the tampons in a little water and watch them unfurl. It’s magic. It’s a bit like the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly. Yes, this art project should be taught in elementary schools.
4) Let the tampons dry.
5) Cut off the tampon strings. Save the thicker part of each string for the antennas.
6) Once the cotton has dried, paint it to look like butterfly wings. (Admittedly, I skipped step 4. I didn’t wait for my tampons to dry because I was pretty excited about moving forward with the project. However, I don’t recommend this for non-professional artists.)
Also, please try to make your painting look good. It’s art. If you don’t live near me, you might not know that there are butterflies in my area that look exactly like the one I made. It’s eery how close to the real thing mine looks.
7) Pull apart the tampon applicator so you have just the thin part. People in the tampon biz probably know what this is called but I am not in the industry and do not know the proper name.
8) Thread the thick part of the two strings up the thin part of the applicator to make antennas. Actually, I think it’s “antennae.” I have to double check the name before this is taught to schoolchildren all over the world.
9) You could have painted your applicator, but I chose not to because I was getting kind of bored.
10) Assemble your butterfly. This means putting one wing on each side of the applicator. You probably didn’t even need this step. You probably could have figured this part out on your own.
11) This is the part where I get to say, “Happy April Fool’s Day.”
P.S. I originally wrote and posted this last April Fool’s Day and the word on the street is that this project is now floating around Pinterest without the April Fool’s message, which is like a DREAM COME TRUE for me.
Now I have something to do with the kids on their last day of spring break! April Fool’s.