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Coffee Filter Butterflies

Coffee Filter Butterflies


What a great spring time activity!  Watch the colors mix together and create beautiful wings for your butterfly.

In this video activity we are making butterflies by coloring coffee filters with markers, spraying them with water then attaching them in a clothes pin with pipe cleaners for antennae. Use these as a great gift or keep them for yourself to hang up in the windows!


Materials List

  • 1 Clothespin
  • 1 Round coffee filter
  • Markers
  • Spray bottle with water in it 
  • 1 Pipe Cleaner 
  • Paper towels (to help with mess)


  1. Color the coffee filter - (0:45)
  2. Spray the coffee filter - (1:39)
  3. Bunch up coffee filter into a bow shape - (2:20)
  4. Clip clothespin unto coffee filter - (2:32)
  5. Spread coffee filters “wings” out more - (2:40)
  6. Bend pipe cleaner to make antennae - (2:53)
  7. Clip pipe cleaner “antennae” to clothes pin - (2:57)
  8. Curl/bend the tops of the pipe cleaner “antennae” (optional) - (3:30)
  9. Draw eyes on the clothes pin with marker (optional) - (3:24)

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