Posted by: ad65shorty | April 16, 2012

Coffee Filter Butterfly

This week will be devoted to butterflies! They are such amazing creatures!

This is not a novel project, but it is so much fun for kids! I love it because it’s simple (so even the youngest of children can do it), there’s not much you can do wrong, and they turn out so beautiful!



coffee filters

washable markers

paper towels

spray bottle filled with water

pipe cleaners




1.  Draw on the coffee filter with the markers.


2.  Put coffee filter on top of a couple of layers of paper towels. Spray with water. The colors will bleed and look beautiful as they run together. Let dry.


3.  When dry, scrunch up and pinch in the middle (you can also fold these fan-like). Wrap with a pipe cleaner. You can bend the ends to look like attenaes or keep straight.




(fold pipe cleaner in 1/2 to wrap around)


(wrap around and secure)

Other options:

1.  I like to wrap string around them and hang them by a window.

2.  You could attach these to a clothespin. Simply pinch the middle with the clothespin instead.

3.  These make a great refrigerator magnet, too! Attach a magnet onto the back of the clothespin and hang on fridge.


  1. So funny you would post about these! Megan made them at school and she’s been begging me to buy clothespins so she could make some at home. Lucky her, she got a big bag in her Easter basket. Now I just need coffee filters!

    Natalie got some mini clothespins so maybe we’ll have a flock of baby butterflies too.

    • Emily–


  2. My mom taught 1st grade and was known for getting all of her students caterpillars and observing them as they morph into butterflies. Then they would all release them together as a class. After she died on Easter morning 2 years ago, every student in the school made a different type of butterfly and they lined the halls of the school with them with a poem about butterflies that says,
    “A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. And for a brief moment it’s glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it.”
    It was pretty amazing and butterflies are very special to me. That’s my story on butterflies and why I was excited to see you’re doing this. 🙂

    • Wow, Becky! Such a neat story! Thank you for sharing!

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