Bring The Butterfly Project to your community or classroom.
Thank you for your interest in honoring the 1.5 million children who were killed in the Holocaust and creating a brighter future for the next generation. There are three ways to join The Butterfly Project — order our butterfly kit(s), show our documentary film NOT The Last Butterfly, or make your own butterflies. The Butterfly Project’s programming provide a powerful way to engage communities in activism and learning.
Order kits for your family, classroom, or community event and join The Butterfly Project’s worldwide community.
The Classroom Butterfly Kit
Our butterfly kits are designed to be a turn-key teaching tool to use for small and medium-size groups, and come with everything you need, including:
- 36 ceramic butterflies for glazing or painting
- 9 glaze sets with 4 colors each, intended to be shared between 4 butterflies* (additional glaze sets can be purchased at check-out)
- 36 paintbrushes, one for each participant
- 36 biography cards that tell the story of an individual child who was killed in the Holocaust
After purchasing your kit, please review our guidelines for participation so you know what we require of all participants.
*Acrylic paints are available for those who do not have access to a kiln to finish glazed butterflies.
Our classroom butterfly kits are $180/kit, but through generous funding from our donors, we are able to offer subsidized kit rates of $80/kit specifically to teachers and educators who would like their students to take part in The Butterfly Project. If you are a teacher or educator, please select the appropriate kit when checking out. Kits are shipped within the US through the USPS for a flat rate of $22.95 per kit. For international shipping rates, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Butterfly Project is able to provide limited scholarships to schools unable to secure funding. If you are unable to secure funding for butterfly kit(s) through your school, PTA, or a crowd-funding site like Donors Choose, you are welcome to apply for a scholarship for butterfly kit(s).
Award-Winning Documentary Film
NOT The Last Butterfly is an educational film about art, remembrance, and the power of one person to make a difference. It tells the origin story of The Butterfly Project and shows viewers how they are becoming part of a larger global community creating peace one butterfly at a time. The film was created to provide more descriptive context of the scope of the project for all involved.
NOT The Last Butterfly is appropriate for 4th grade and up. It can be used in conjunction with our butterfly programming or as a stand-alone event.
Through a partner educator in Germany, The Butterfly Project is able to ship kits to certain countries in Europe. If you are located in Europe and are interested in bringing our programming to your students or community, please use the order form below.
“The Butterfly Project continues the work of Friedl Dicker Brandeis and the children of Terezin. The power of art to bring hope and to bring beauty to life where there is no beauty, where there are no butterflies. I think that’s incredible. I believe in art, totally.”
Susan Goldman Rubin, Historian and Author of the acclaimed Holocaust children’s books, Fireflies in the Dark and The Cat With the Yellow Star
Make Your Own Butterflies
Did you know that you don’t have to use our butterfly kits? You can make your own instead! Here are all the instructions you need to make your own ceramic butterflies. If you do elect to make your own butterflies, we respectfully request that you submit payment for our licensing fee to become an official participant in The Butterfly Project and ensure that your butterflies are included in our global collective butterfly count towards 1.5 million ceramic butterflies displayed worldwide.
We recommend using white low-fired clay and glazes that can be obtained from a ceramic supply dealer.
- If you are not able to find them in your local community, click here to find your nearest distributor of clay.
- For glazes, we recommend using Mayco underglazes and top clear glaze. Click here for wholesale and retail distributors in the USA.
We recommend going to a local craft store to find butterfly-shaped cookie cutters, or designing your own shapes. Don’t be intimidated!
- If you are not able to make your own butterflies from scratch, you can order butterflies from The Butterfly Project.
- Butterflies ordered from The Butterfly Project are designed to be glazed and fired in kiln, or painted with acrylic paints if firing in a kiln is not an option.
The Butterfly Project waives the licensing fee for any school or classroom purchasing kits.
If you will be making your own butterflies, we respectfully request that you submit payment for our licensing fee to become an official participant in The Butterfly Project and ensure that your butterflies are included in our official collective butterfly count towards 1.5 million ceramic butterflies displayed worldwide.
When ordering your butterfly kits, we kindly ask that you adhere to our nominal licensing fee as well. Please read more about the purpose and intention of this fee here and be sure to add the fee to your cart before checking out. Through generous funding from our donors, The Butterfly Project is able to waive the licensing fee for any public school or classroom purchasing kits. If you will be making your own butterflies, we do ask you to pay a nominal licensing fee. Click here for more information.
If you are interested in doing large-scale butterfly painting events and/or creating a large butterfly installation and would like to inquire about ordering ceramic butterflies in bulk (1,800+), please contact us directly.