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Coffee Filter Butterflies

This project is a wonderful way to teach the blending of colors. The results can be beautiful, yet this is simple enough for the smallest of hands. Perfect as a Spring craft idea.

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden Clothes Pins
  • Round Coffee Filters
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Black Pipe Cleaner
  • Magnetic Strip (optional)


  • Paint your clothespins black first.
  • Fold the pipe cleaners into V shapes the size you want your antenna to be, cut and glue to the clothes pins at the flat end. 
  • Take the coffee filters and spray them with water till they lay flat but aren't drenched (it should only take a few short sprays, use warm water. Now, dab the watercolors on the wet coffee filters, it will run and smear but that's ok . You can also use markers for this. 
  • When you are happy with your design on one, repeat this process with another coffee filter. 
  • Put the wet filters in a safe place to dry.
  • When they are dry gather up the coffee filter in the middle, trying to keep the outside edges flat, and clip it into the clothespin. 
  • Spread the wings out and you are done.
For fridge magnets:  
Put a strip of magnet on the underside of clothespin and stick them on the fridge.
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