Coffee filters form the base for a whole lot of crafts because of their soft, durable texture. With the coming of spring, you would desire to deck your house with cute, colorful butterflies to replicate the ones that sit in your garden. Making them with coffee filters would indeed be an ideal option. The designs on the body are mostly created with washable markers, though paint or watercolors serve as an alternative. Pipe cleaners, clothespin, popsicle sticks, alongside beads and buttons, are the accessories to complete the butterfly’s body. An ideal craft for preschoolers, and kindergarteners, the coffee filter butterfly is easy to make, needing minimal time.
The red pipe cleaners for the antenna complement the colorful body well.
The polka-dotted design on the butterfly looks unique, indeed. You may paint the clothespin with a bright color of your choice for an enticing appearance.
You could even replace the clothespin with a popsicle stick, as shown in the picture below. Decorating the eyes using beads would be simply amazing.
The googly eyes add a realistic appeal to the coffee filter butterfly. The sporadic presentation of colors enhances its sophistication to the fullest.
After drawing the patterns with markers, you could spray water from a bottle to help to spread and mix the color well.
Many even opt for food coloring instead of the washable markers though it could get a little messy, especially if you are working with kids.
You could omit the antlers or make two big ones with pipe cleaners or even felt.
The pipe cleaners could be used just for the antlers or the entire body, as shown here.
For a prominent tie-dye effect, use as many colors as possible.
The pointillism technique used here by decorating the butterfly with points all over intensifies its beauty. The twig used for making a part of its body is an out-of-the-box idea, giving it a natural touch.
While doing a project with toddlers or kindergarteners, you could keep the design as simple as possible by using small dots only, as shown here. The red pipe cleaner used for the face, makes it look simply amazing.
You can even add a big pom pom in between the pipe cleaner for a cuter look.
The abstract designs on the white filter with green sparkly pipe cleaners, add a different charm to the butterflies.
Your toddler or older kid no matter whichever grade he or she is in would have a whale of a time in doing this craft, after learning about the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar who would eat anything under the sun before emerging into a beautiful butterfly. Besides this one, you could make a host of other things with a coffee filter like snowflakes, wreath, and roses.
Published on May 20th 2020 by Miranda Gibbs