Coffee Filter Butterfly

3 Apr

We are really hoping for Spring weather soon, as we have had our fill of winter.

Our Springtime Sugar Cookies did not entice the Spring weather to come, but we are hoping these cute butterflies will.

With only a few materials, your kids can create beautiful butterflies to decorate your home.

My Kids Make “Coffee Filter Butterfly” and yours can too! Grab your coffee filters, get your paint, and start!


Coffee Filters

Clothespin (the wooden kind)

Markers, paint, glitter etc.

Colored Construction Paper


Grab a pile of coffee filters and let your kids decorate them. {We actually use the natural coffee filters that are brown colored and this project still worked.}

Use watercolor paint, markers, glitter glue, etc. and have fun decorating the filters!

While the coffee filters dry, get out the clothespins. We painted ours various colors. You could use marker to color them, or leave them plain.

Cut two thin strips of colored construction paper and glue them on to each clothespin {for the antennae}.

Once all is dry, bunch the coffee filter in the center and clip it with the clothespin.  Fan the coffee filter out on each side {for the butterfly’s wings}.

Hang your butterfly from a string in the window, or from the ceiling in a play room.  How about gluing a magnet to the back of the clothespin and sticking it to your fridge. The options are endless.

In no time, these cute butterflies will be decorating your house, just like they are mine!


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16 Responses to “Coffee Filter Butterfly”

  1. creativejewishmom/Sara 04. Apr, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    great project, with so many possibilities! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to see you again!

  2. Nana 04. Apr, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Beautiful butterflies – bring Spring quickly.
    Your colors make it seem like Spring.

  3. Jane 04. Apr, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Love the butterflies! Such a cute idea, we are ready for spring too. Very well done project.

  4. Julie 05. Apr, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Looks like fun and so pretty! They would make great decorations for a birthday party too.

  5. maggy, red ted art 06. Apr, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Aaaah your butterflies are fabulous! Love them. And you took some great shots. Really brings the craft to life!

    Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty! Always appreciate your visit!


  6. becky 06. Apr, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks for all the comment love. Glad you guys like the butterflies as much as we do!!! They are hanging in our front window and from the ceiling in our playroom. Def. a fun addition to the house!!!

  7. Betsy & Curtis 06. Apr, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    These came out great!

  8. Lana 10. Apr, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    we are making these for my son’s second birthday, which has a hungry caterpillar theme! We are using sparkly pipe cleaners for the antenna. Great Spring project! :)

  9. cathy@nurturestore 12. Apr, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    We made a different version of peg butterflies last summer. Yours are beautiful :D

  10. Lauren 14. Apr, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    What a beautiful project – and easy to follow too!

  11. nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma 14. Apr, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I’ve had my fill of winter as well. I love that the butterflies’ bodies are clothespins…They could also be strung as garland!

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

  12. Connie 04. Apr, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    What a cute idea! These would be fun to do with my grandchildren!

  13. k coffee 28. Jun, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I love what you guys are usually up too. Such clever work
    and reporting! Keep up the great works guys I’ve included you guys to my own blogroll.

  14. Randi Mackey 16. Jun, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    I’m using this for Mommy and Me class at our local Art Center. We have kids from birth to 6 years old and this is the perfect art project for our Butterfly theme this week. Thanks so much for the great pictures.


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