Coffee Filter Butterflies | Kids’ Crafts | Fun Craft Ideas

Coffee Filter Butterflies | Kids’ Crafts | Fun Craft Ideas


STEP 1a Coffee Filter Butterflies

1Prepare some coffee filters.

Start out with some round coffee filters. Try to get the white ones—colors don’t spread as well on brown coffee filters.

STEP 1b Coffee Filter Butterflies

If you’re using basket coffee filters, flatten them out.

STEP 2a Coffee Filter Butterflies

2Color the coffee filters.

Color the coffee filters with washable markers or food coloring.

a.) Washable markers – draw lines, shapes, and patterns on the coffee filters using washable markers.

STEP 2b Coffee Filter Butterflies

Place the coffee filters on a sheet of wax paper. Space them out at least 3 inches apart.

Spray each coffee filter with some water. Watch the colors spread and mix. Leave the coffee filters to dry on the wax paper.

STEP 2c Coffee Filter Butterflies

b.) Food coloring (Method 1) – place the coffee filters on a sheet of wax paper and spray with some water.

STEP 2d Coffee Filter Butterflies

Place about a tablespoon of water into small containers. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to each.

STEP 2e Coffee Filter Butterflies

Use droppers or small spoons to add drops of the diluted food coloring onto each coffee filter. The colors will easily spread and mix on the moist paper.

Leave the colored coffee filters to dry on the wax paper.

STEP 2f Coffee Filter Butterflies

c.) Food coloring (Method 2) – fold the coffee filter in half 3 to 4 times to come up with a small wedge. Moisten the wedge by spraying with some water.

STEP 2g Coffee Filter Butterflies

Fill a small container with about a tablespoon of water and 2-3 drops of food coloring. You can add more food coloring for a more vibrant hue. Mix well.

Dip the wedge into the colored liquid for about 2 seconds. The color will run up the moist coffee filter.

STEP 2h Coffee Filter Butterflies

Dip the wedge very quickly into a another color of diluted food coloring. You can also dip the opposite tip if you like.

STEP 2i Coffee Filter Butterflies

Carefully unfold the coffee filter and lay on a sheet of wax paper to dry.

STEP 3 Coffee Filter Butterflies

3Let the coffee filters dry.

The coffee filters will take a few hours to dry completely. The photo shows the difference between using markers (top row) versus food coloring (bottom row).

STEP 4 Coffee Filter Butterflies

4Create the butterfly wings.

Transorm each colored coffee filter into a pair of butterfly wings by pinching it in the middle.

STEP 5 Coffee Filter Butterflies

5Fold a pipe cleaner in half.

Fold a pipe cleaner in the middle. If your coffee filters are small, you can half the pipe cleaner before folding it in the middle.

STEP 6 Coffee Filter Butterflies

6Make the butterfly’s body.

Twist the pipe cleaner around the middle of the coffee filter wings. The point where you twist the pipe cleaner marks the length of the body while the ends become the butterfly’s pair of antenna.

STEP 7 Coffee Filter Butterflies

7Curl the pipe cleaner ends.

Curl the ends of the pipe cleaner to define the butterfly’s pair of antenna.

STEP 8 Coffee Filter Butterflies

8Arrange the wings.

Finish up by arranging and spreading the butterfly’s wings.


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