Coffee Filter Butterflies

by Aubrey on May 25, 2011

I was so excited to go to one of our friends last week and have her pull out some crafts for the kids.  I haven’t been so good in this area lately because I don’t want to buy a ton of supplies with our short stay in the DC area.  I was grateful that I took my camera so I could get some pictures.  :-)


  • coffee filters
  • paint
  • pipe cleaners

This is so simple…give your child about 5 coffee filters stuck together and let them paint, color, or do whatever to decorate it.  After is dries, gather the middle to create two wings for the butterfly.  Then take a pipe cleaner and wrap around the center and leave enough on the ends to make the antenna.  Simple, cute, and fun!  Just the way I like it!

I hope you all have a great week and Memorial Day weekend.  We are looking forward to a trip to Boston!  I’ll even get to see Maria along the way…hmmm I should request one of the yummy dishes she has made in Maria’s Kitchen.  I better go look!


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Rebecca M May 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

Another fun way to do this is to have kids color the filters with markers, spritz them with water and then let the filters dry. The colors will bleed and makes very pretty designs. It would probably work with watercolor paints as well. Paint, spritz, then dry. Fun!


Destri July 21, 2011 at 7:15 am

I am going to try this today! I will have to let you know how it goes!


Suzanne May 25, 2011 at 8:38 am

Fun, simply crafts gotta love it. I will have to do this with my little guy because he needs something creative to do…maybe he can make it into a monster or something.


Ihilani May 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm

how cute and creative! way to be resourceful :)


Sarah May 26, 2011 at 6:01 am

Oh, what a great idea for a girly-girl birthday party craft. I may have to use this one for my turning-4 year-old.


Andrea May 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

This is an all time favorite craft. I’ve tried it using colored crayola markers and then spraying the filter with a spritz of water. It creates a beautiful water color affect. Fun!!!


Katharine May 27, 2011 at 1:46 am

I thought of you when I saw this post. I’m going to try this with my daughter. She’ll enjoy it at age 13 too!


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