Now that my daughter, Lennox, is old enough to get into craft projects, I’m always looking for new and fun projects for her. You know, to keep her attention for more than 60 seconds! My friend, Shannon, gave me the idea of coffee filter butterflies. These are the perfect craft for a young child! Best part? You probably have all the supplies you need and you could make a number of variations from this project. So here is what you do to make coffee filter butterflies!
Coffee Filter Butterflies
- Coffee Filters
- Clothes Pins
- Spray Bottle of Water
- Optional: Eyes, Pipe Cleaners, Pom-Poms
First, let your child color a bunch of color filters. The more colors and the more they color each coffee filter, the better! Lennox didn’t quite understand the idea of filling the whole filter with color, but she just loved coloring them. I think we made about 20!
Once you have colored the coffee filters, spread them out on some paper towels and let your child spray/mist the filters with water. Try not not have them get them completely soaking wet; the water will make the colors run together to get a tie-dye effect. I also stacked them on top of each other which let the colors bleed from one filter to the next!
Let the filters dry completely before moving on. Once dry, your butterflies are ready to be assembled. Take wooden clothes pins and but them through the middle of the coffee filter. I tried folding it like a fan and then putting it through, but honestly just scrunching it up worked and looked best! You could add a little glue if you want to make them more permanent.
Once you have all of the clipped, you can draw on eyes, glue on googly eyes, pom-poms or even use pipe cleaners for antennas. You can probably tell below, which ones I helped with vs. which ones Lennox did! She had a lot of fun making “monster” butterflies with 3 eyes and 10 noses!
What do you do with these now? Well you can hang them in the windows or even put a magnet on the back for the fridge. I plan on letting her give some to her great-grandma when we visit, so I will probably put magnets on them!
Let your child’s imagination go wild and make a number of different types of butterflies! Oh, and most importantly, have fun!