We had a great time making these coffee filter butterflies. These are easy to make and a lot of fun! We used things we had around the house. That is one joy of unschooling – finding an activity to do for something we are interested in.
This is a great follow on from the egg carton caterpillars we made based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar book. Check out the video.
LET’S MAKE COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES
You will need:
- Round coffee filters
- Washable markers or water color paints
- Small spoon or spray bottle
- Trays or cookie sheets
- Pipe cleaners
What to do:
- Put 2 coffee filters on top of each other and flatten them as much as possible
- Using washable markers create your design. Don’t worry if it doesn’t go through to the bottom filter. That will happen with the next step.
- Put the filters (still stacked on each other) onto cookie sheets or trays and drop or spray water on them until the filters are wet but not sopping. NOTE: Do NOT add too much water as you don’t want a blobby mess of paper (and it will take too long to dry)
**If you are using water color paints then paint each filter
- Keep the filters laying flat to dry. If it is a nice day outside put them out in the sun. You can also dry them in a very low temperature oven for about xx minutes.
- Separate the filters.
- Fold the filters in an accordion fold
- Place the folded filter strips on top of each other with folds facing front
- Twist a pipe cleaner in the middle to make a V. Curl the ends to make the antennae
- Separate the folds and shape the wings
You will also need clothespins, googly eyes and a hot glue gun.
Follow steps 1-7
8. Glue 2 googly eyes onto the clothespin
9. Cut a pipe cleaner into 2 inch (5cm) pieces and curl into antennae
10. Glue the antennae onto the back of the clothespin
11. Secure the wings in the clothespin