Zipline Butterfly

Zipline Butterfly

Create a symmetrical butterfly that will zip through the sky! My kids love using dot markers which are easy for younger children to create a colorful pattern. We hung the finished zipline on a tree, and had so much fun seeing it travel across the garden! This project can be enjoyed by one or two children for a fun-filled play date!

3 - 9
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. coffee filter
  2. dot markers - or regular markers
  3. pipe cleaner
  4. scissors
  5. straw
  6. tape
  7. string
  1. Gather your materials!

  2. Cover your workspace. Fold the coffee filter in half and cut the top and bottom at an angle.

  3. Using dot markers, decorate the butterfly wings.

    Tip: Hold the marker down on the coffee filter for a couple of seconds to let the color bleed to the other wing.

  4. Open up the butterfly to reveal a symmetrical design. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist it around the middle of the butterfly.

  5. Curl the ends of the pipe cleaner around a straw. Cut the straw to a length of about 3 inches. Tape the pipe cleaner in place.

  6. Thread the straw through a piece of string. Hold each end of the string and  move each one to make your butterfly flutter!

    Tip: To make your butterfly move even farther, cut a long piece of string and find a friend to play with. Each of you can hold an end and move it up or down to make the butterfly move.