Coffee Filter Butterflies – Flit Away!

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Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies finished result two butterflies

Fun Kids Craft

Coffee Filter Butterflies – Flit Away!

Step 1: What you need

Coffee filter papers – you need 4 circles for each butterfly

Washable felt pens

Pipe cleaners

Pipette/spray bottle/large paintbrush

Water

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies what you need pens coffee filters scissors pipe cleaners

Step 2: Decorate the circles

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies decorated with colour patterns

You need four coffee filter circles for your butterfly.

Split your circles into two pairs of two and pop each pair of circles neatly one on top of the other. Now you have two circles, each with another circle underneath it.

Decorate the top layer of each ‘stack’ of circles with washable felt pens.

Use nice bright colours and have fun making patterns. Don’t worry if the designs look a bit rough at this stage as they will soon be transformed completely.

Step 3: Drip water all over them!

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies drizzling water over coloured coffee filters

Now for the really magical bit.

Place the coffee filter circles on a baking tray (take care not to move the undecorated bottom layers) and drop water all over the surface.

We used a little water bottle pipette but you could use a spray bottle or even a fat paintbrush dipped in water.

Cover the entire circle and watch the colours start to blend into each other.

Once the whole circle has been soaked the plain circle underneath will also soak up the colours to give you a matching pair of circles.

Step 4: Let them dry

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies coloured and wet coffee filters laid out to dry

Separate the top and bottom layers of each pair and pop the 4 circles to dry on a sheet of kitchen roll.

Step 5: fold each circle

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies fold filters

When they are completely dry concertina each circle by folding it one-way and then another in thin strips.

Step 6: Bring the filters together

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies folded filters joined

Now you have four folded wings.

Bring the top two wings together by overlapping the folds slightly. Do the same for the bottom pair of wings.

Step 7: Tie the wings together

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies tie filters together with pipe cleaner

Fold a pipe cleaner in half and wind the folded part over the centre of the four circles.

Then twist the pipe cleaners so all four circles are held securely in place.

Step 8: fan out its wings

Fun kids crafts coffee filter butterflies open out into butterfly

To finish, fan out the four wings and curl the ends of the pipe cleaner to make the antennae.

 

TIP FOR DOING THIS CRAFT WITH TODDLERS:

Use two big circles instead of four smaller ones.

Pop the 2 circles together and decorate the top one (as before), soak with water, separate and leave your two circles to dry.

Then concertina them and twist a pipe cleaner round the middle. This is a much less fiddly way to join them.