Coffee Filter Butterflies

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Coffee Filter Butterflies: a simple and colorful butterfly kids craft that is easy to make and only requires a few supplies like water, washable markers and coffee filters. 

Coffee Filter Butterflies

The kids are almost out of school for the summer and one way to try to prevent boredom during the summer is crafting. All three of my kids love to spend time coloring, painting, and just creating. When crafting with my kids I always try to keep thing simple whether we are a unicorn mini canvas, making a batch of our sparkly galaxy playdough, or blowing paint bubbles making our bubble paint monsters. A small supply list down and minimal mess is key to “happy” crafting for both the kids and Momma. 🙂 These coffee filter butterflies fit both of those criteria! Not only are these easy to make, but they are a perfect beginner craft for toddlers and preschoolers but pretty enough that older kids will enjoy making them as well!

You only need a few simple supplies and less than 30 minutes to make these coffee filter butterflies, including drying time 🙂 It’s a great summer craft idea so let’s get started!

You only need a few simple supplies and less than 30 minutes to make these coffee filter butterflies, including drying time 🙂 

Supplies needed for Coffee Filter Butterflies

  • coffee filters – I used the 4 cup size
  • washable markers – we used Crayola
  • clothespins
  • colorful pipe cleaners
  • black sharpie marker

How to make Easy Coffee Filter Butterflies

  1. Place a piece of wax or parchment paper down on your work surface, flatten your coffee filters and color in your coffee filter. You can color your filters in multiple ways, swirls, blocks of colors, or stripes? You just want to cover the entire coffee filter with color. We love to use shades of purples and oranges. Feel free to make as many color combinations as you wish.  A dark marker will blend better than a light color.
  2. Place your colored coffee filter on top of a paper towel that has been placed on a baking sheets. Using a spray bottle on the mist setting, wet your coffee filters until the colors begin to “blend” together.” You don’t need much water. Remove from surface and place on a piece of a paper towel to let dry.
  3. While the coffee filters are drying, draw a face on the clothespins. To speed up the drying process you can use a hair dryer.
  4. Create two colorful antennas from your pipecleaner and hot glue to the back of your clothespin. Add eyes and smile to your butterfly head at the top of the clothespin.
  5. Gather the center of your dried coffee filter and twist and place clothespin down the center to create the body and wings of the butterfly.


  1. For a budget friendly craft grab what you need to make this coffee filter butterfly craft at your local dollar store.
  2. Instead of using spray bottles you can also use small plastic droppers and drop puddles of paint onto your coffee filter – this is great for building those pincher muscles.
  3. Add a magnet to the back and these butterflies can now go on the fridge! Kids of all ages love to see their artwork displayed!
  4. For older kids you can add an additional touch of pony beads threaded onto the end of each antennae.
  5. Use these are a great activity after a unit on the life cycle of a butterfly!

These butterflies are such a fun classic kids craft that can be made in one fun afternoon. They are colorful and perfect for summer and the kids just love them!

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