Learn how to make this coffee filter butterfly craft for Spring. Kids will enjoy this simple colorful craft that doesn’t require any special tools, just markers and creativity.
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Spring time brings lots of color, new growth and flowers. With this comes birds, insects and butterflies to pollinate all the new flowers. This easy butterfly craft is the perfect way to help kids get excited for Spring.
This craft uses just a few simple supplies, no scissors or glue just creative coloring and a little twisting. The full supply list and step by step tutorial can be found at the end of this post.
Butterfly craft supplies
Coffee filters You will need 2 filters per butterfly, buy a bulk pack to have enough for each child. The material will hold color but spread when wet. It’s the perfect medium for coloring blending.
Markers Standard Crayola washable markers work really well for coffee filter butterflies. Little hands will clean up easily and since they are water based they colors will blend nicely.
Fuzzy sticks or pipe cleaners You’ll need 1 pipe cleaner in any color for each butterfly.
Water There are a few ways to blend the colors with water. My preferred method is uing a small spray bottle, you could also use a dropper or paint brush to add the water.
I’ve crafted with coffee filters before, they are inexpensive and fun to work with. If you are looking for an adult craft to try, check out this wreath that can be changed up for each season.
- Paper to protect your table
- Drying rack or metal pan
- Flatten a coffee filter onto a piece of paper.
- Color the filter with markers making sure the colors touch each other.
- Repeat this on a second filter.
- Lay the filters on a drying rack with paper underneath or a metal baking sheet to contain the water and protect your work surface.
- Spray the colored coffee filters to blend the colors. The more water you use the more the colors will blend.
- Let dry completely.
- Once dry, Z fold each filter.
- Press the filters together and secure in the center with a Pipe cleaner. Twist the stick around the middle and form the ends into antenea.
Each butterfly will be unique! Kids can color the entire coffee filter with no white space left, then the colors will blend into each other. Or make doodles all over the filter and leave some space, the colors will still spread but not blend into each other.
Experiment with different techniques to make a whole collection of butterflies.
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