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Easy Coffee Filter Butterflies Kids Craft

Easy Coffee Filter Butterflies Kids Craft

Looking for a fun craft for kids to do at home? We love making these easy clothespin crafts to create coffee filter butterflies. It’s a simple kids’ craft with coffee filters, markers, and clothespins or pipe cleaners. All household supplies you most likely already have at home.

Your kids will have a blast doing this activity indoors or outdoors to keep them busy this spring and summer. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age kids can use their imagination to create their own beautiful butterflies at home or in the classroom. This classic craft is soon to be one of your kid’s favorites!

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Easy Coffee Filter Butterflies Craft for kids. Make these pretty butterfly crafts with items you have at home. All you need is coffee filters, markers, water and clothespins or pipe cleaners. Then use your imagination to make beautiful coffee filter butterflies at home.

Easy Coffee Filter Butterflies Kids Craft

If your looking for easy crafts this is it! Kids of all ages will enjoy creating these pretty spring crafts and you’ll love that it’s simple to do.

They’re the perfect art projects to do at home or in classrooms.

Kids will love looking at their beautiful coffee filter butterflies when their done and admiring each one’s unique butterfly wings. They’ll even get to practice their fine motor skills without even knowing it 🙂

What You Need

  • Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers
  • Spray Bottle, Eye Dropper
  • Pipe Cleaner or Clothespin Clips


If you don’t have the items listed above here are some alternative options so you don’t have to run out to the store.

  • If you don’t have a spray bottle or eye dropper you can use a cleaned-out old medicine dropper or a meat baster.
  • If you don’t have clothespins or pipe cleaners use a popsicle stick for the center of the butterfly. You can just glue it into the middle of the coffee filter to create your butterfly wings.

How to Make a Coffee Filter Butterfly

This cute kids craft can be made in only a few steps as an inside or outside activity. Follow along to find out how to create your butterfly.

To keep the table clean I threw down a plastic table cloth I picked up at the dollar store for crafts. This way the marker doesn’t bleed through to your work surface. You could also decorate the filter in a throwaway pie tin.

Step #1 – Stack 2 round coffee filters together and smooth them out so they’re flat. I used white coffee filters but if you can find colored coffee filters that would be pretty too.

Flatten and smooth your top and bottom coffee filter so you can color it.

Step #2 – Use your markers to draw a pattern on each coffee filter. The colors will eventually blend with the water so don’t draw a picture just use dots and lines.

Fun Spring Craft Ideas Coffee Filter Butterflies. Color your coffee filter and create a pattern on your butterfly wings using different colors.

This will color the wings of the butterfly. Don’t forget to color the center of the coffee filter as it will be the area you scrunch together with the clothespin and it looks nice with some color.

Create a beautiful coffee filter butterfly craft by coloring with markers a coffee filter. Then clip it with a clothes pin to create your butterfly wings.

Let the kids try different color combinations and see which butterfly design they like the best.

Tip: If your makers are new then you can color just the top coffee filter and let it bleed the color through to the bottom coffee filter

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Step # 3 – Now it’s time to wet your coffee filters. Stack them back together and either gently spray them with a squirt bottle or use your dropper to add water. You don’t want your filter soaked just wet enough to let the marks bleed.

Gently spray your entire coffee filter with a squirt bottle to help them blend the color combinations to create your butterfly wings.

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Step #4 – Let your filters dry while stacked together. It will almost look like watercolor paints when you’re done.

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Step #5 – Fold your filters like an accordion in a fan fold.

Fan Fold your colored coffee filter to create the butterfly wings.

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Step #6 – Wrap the middle of your accordion with a pipe cleaner or a clothespin. Make sure to bend the ends of the pipe cleaner for the antennae. Then gently open the sides so it looks like the wings of a butterfly. Now your beautiful coffee filter butterfly craft is ready.

Coffee Filter Butterflies are a classic craft idea for home or classrooms. Create beautiful coffee filtered butterflies using different color combinations with markers, coffee filters and clothes pins.

If you only have a popsicle stick fold out the wings by using your pinched fingers to hold the middle of the butterfly. Then paste the popsicle stick down the middle.

Tip: You can decorate the clothespin with paint or markers to give your butterfly more color.

Isn’t that an easy kids’ craft? I hope your kids will enjoy making these clothespin coffee filter butterflies as much as mine have. It’s such a fun craft idea for the spring and summer months.

Cardboard Butterfly Craft

Cardboard Butterfly Craft Ideas for Kids. A recycled Art project for home or school. A great way to use up all your Amazon Boxes.

If your kids love butterflies be sure to try these cool cardboard butterfly craft ideas. Use up those Amazon boxes with this fun recycled craft project for kids. All you need is cardboard, tissue paper, and markers.

Find out how easy Cardboard Butterfly Crafts are to make.

If your kids like this craft they might also enjoy making easy Frozen Dinosaur Eggs, Painting with Bubbles, and creating cool Shadow Art with Chalk.

Need More Activities for Kids

At Happy Mom Hacks we have tons of Kids’ Activities for both indoors and outdoors to fend off hearing kids say the dreaded “I’m Bored”.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Fun Coffee Filter Art to Make Butterflies crafts for kids. Toddlers to elementary age kids will love creating and imagining up designs for their beautiful butterflies. A fun activity to keep the kids busy at home. They'll want to do it over and over again.
Coffee Filter Butterflies are a cute Spring craft for kids. Learn how to make coffee filter butterflies at home or in school in this step by step guide. All the supplies you need are coffee filters, markers, and clothespins or pipe cleaners. Kids will color the coffee filters and wet them to make it look like watercolors. Once dry you fold the filter and add the clothespin to make it look like a butterfly. A super easy & fun craft idea.

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Coffee Filter Butterflies Craft for Kids with clothespins, markers, pipe cleaners & coffee filters. An easy art activity kids will love to do at home over and over again. Make these beautiful butterflies today!