Coffee Filter Butterflies

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.