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Coffee Filter Butterflies

I'm not sure where I first read about/saw coffee filter butterflies but I know that I've done them with every group of children I have worked with since. Because the are simple, but allow for self creativity, they've been a hit with every age range from toddlers to grade schoolers. Truth be told, I enjoy making them myself and I'm thirty.

Even though we haven't been crafting much this summer (my boys prefer sand and mud to crayons and paint) I couldn't let our insect unit go by with out making them.

Our Supplies: 

2 coffee filters, a clothespin, a pipe cleaner, scissors, glue, &  dot markers
*if you don't have dot markers using diluted food coloring (dipping or with droppers) works too

Step 1: use dot markers to decorate the coffee filters and clothespin


Mini Man's favorite color is green so he had a lot of fun mixing the blue and yellow. 

Step 2: once the coffee fliters are dry (the dry very fast - 30 mins) fold and pinch them to form wings. Then add a line of glue to the inside of the clothespin and place wings where desired.

Step 3: Cut pipe cleaners to make antennas 

Step 4: Put two small drops of glue on the top/clip end of clothespin and place antennas. *To help the antennas stay in place/dry I assist the kids in positioning them so they are held in place by the clothespin - once the glue dries they will stay in place even when he clothespin is opened.

That's it, your butterflies are ready to be displayed! We added ours to our bug mural. 

i don't have a post about the other bugs but they are made out of egg cartons, pipe cleaners, and clothespins

You can also add a adhesive magnet strip to the back of your clothespin and use your butterflies to decorate your fridge as well as hold grocery lists, etc - this makes a sweet gift for moms or grandmothers.

I'm really enjoying the splash of color these butterflies have brought in to our boys are enjoying making up stories about them getting trapped in spiderwebs. 

PS. Coffee filters are one of my favorite mediums to use when crafting with kids. Here are some of our other coffee filter crafts: turkeys, peacocks, & flowers

More great kid friendly ideas can also always be found at these link parties: Link and LearnMade by Little HandsMontessori MondayMoney Saving Monday, Hip Homeschool HopPreschool CornerFor the Kids Fridays, and Show and Share Saturday.


  1. The wall is so cute! I'm sure the kids love seeing all of their projects displayed! :)

  2. What a great idea! I've never heard of these, but I will definitely be trying them :-)

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment! These are probably my favorite craft! I hope you and your family have as much fun with them as we do.


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