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. This cute little butterfly involves coffee filters, watercolor paints, and pipe cleaners, and only has a few steps. If you teach, home school, or have a large group of kids, this can be a fun preschool or Kindergarten craft. For more fun craft projects, try this DIY magic sand recipe and our fun fingerprint butterfly craft.
How to make coffee filter butterfly craft
Buy these assorted colored pipe cleaners, very affordable and full of all colors!
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 water colors will go through the filter. This is a great watercolor paint and paint bush 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!
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, gather it in the middle and pinch the back side (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.
I curled the ends of the pipe cleaner with my finger tip. 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, etc. I like ours just like this.
Here’s the whole coffee filter butterfly family… Love how they turned out! They would actually look really cute in the window, the sun shines right through them!
Looking for more crafts for kids? This easy toilet paper roll homemade 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. DIY homemade bird feeder craft instructions
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