This coffee filter butterfly craft is so much fun to make with kids! If you need butterfly craft ideas, this one is a fun spring craft for toddlers and early elementary-aged kids.
Easy butterfly craft ideas
Arts and crafts for kids are fun and can be a great learning tool. They are not only entertaining, but they learn colors, numbers, shapes, and develop fine motor skills. We were thinking of fun coffee filter crafts to try to make for the spring and this was one of our favorite butterfly craft ideas!
How to make a coffee filter butterfly craft
This cute little butterfly craft for kids involves coffee filters, watercolor paints, pipe cleaners, and only has a few steps. If you teach, homeschool your kids, or otherwise have a large group of kids to entertain, this can be a fun toddler, preschool, or kindergarten craft. For more fun craft projects, try this DIY magic sand recipe and our fun fingerprint butterfly craft.
Materials you’ll need:
Buy these assorted colored pipe cleaners, very affordable and full of all colors!
Coffee filter butterfly instructions
First, you want to grab a single coffee filter and open it up, spreading it flat on your painting surface.
It’s time to paint! Pick your favorite colors and go wild! Paint the whole surface of the filter, and be sure to have something underneath as the watercolors will go through the filter. This is a great watercolor paint and paint brush set, we love it! MJ and I painted a few different coffee filters to make a butterfly family. Baby Girl helped too, but she ended up ripping hers to shreds while it was still wet. She enjoyed painting it, though!
If you are not into using watercolor paints, you can also try making this butterfly craft with food coloring.
Put your butterfly craft together
Next, you’ll let the filters dry for about 15 – 20 minutes. If your little painter got the filter very wet, you might need to give it more time. Once the filter is completely dry, carefully gather your butterflies in the middle and pinch the backside (pictured below).
To make the body, take a pipe cleaner, fold it in half and slide it upwards, positioning it so that it is in the center of the coffee filter. The part of the pipe cleaner that is folded over should hold the coffee filter butterfly together, while the two open ends of the pipe cleaner should be facing up, like antennas. Twist around a couple of times at the top to secure. You can then fan out the wings and bend or curl the ends of the antennas to add a finishing touch.
People have also made their coffee filter butterflies with clothespins to hold the center together.
Put on the finishing touches
Then, you can curl the ends of the pipe cleaner with your fingertip. You can also use a crayon, marker, or something of the sort to achieve a different look. You can decorate more if you wish, adding eyes, little pom-poms, rhinestones, and more. I like ours just like this – it’s such cute and simple butterfly art.
Here’s the whole coffee filter butterfly family that we made… I love how they turned out! They would actually look really cute hanging in the window, the sun shines right through them!
Enjoy making this spring craft for kids!
Looking for more crafts for kids? This easy toilet paper roll bird feeder craft is a great way to recycle and reuse toilet paper rolls! Kids love making these and watching the birds come to eat the seeds, such a fun recycled craft idea, try making it at home.
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