Coffee Filter Butterfly
Arts and Crafts
Making a coffee
butterfly is a wonderful preschool arts and crafts project.
project can easily be set up in the classroom. It is easy to
do, and inexpensive to make. The wings of the butterfly are
made from a white coffee filter, which is decorated with colored water.
The body is a wooden clothespin.
These can be made as a
Spring craft or given away as Mother's Day presents. Want another craft
to make using coffee filters? Check out the coffee
filter angel craft too!
Needed for one Butterfly:
- food coloring
- small container to hold colored water
- wooden clothespin
- paint brush
- paper towels and newspaper to
1. Begin by setting up your work station. Protect
the work surface with newspapers, and place a paper towel under the
coffee filter because the water will seep through. Fill small
containers with a tablespoon or two of water and add at least 3 drops
of food coloring to each cup. The more food color you add,
the more vibrant the butterfly will be.
2. Have the child draw up some colored liquid with the
eyedropper and squeeze it on the coffee filter. The water
will seep through the coffee filter, so be sure to have a paper towel
underneath it. Continue adding color until the entire coffee
filter is saturated.
Allow the coffee filters to dry completely. Here's
a picture of what they look like when they dry.
Have the child paint a wooden clothespin black, and allow to
5. Next, take the coffee filter and pinch it in the middle,
as shown. Then open up the clothespin and attach it to the
middle of the wings.
6. To make antennae, take a small black pipe cleaner and
twist it once around the top of the clothespin. The coffee
filter butterflies are now ready to be hung in the classroom, be made
into magnets as a gift for Mom, or attached to a present as a
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