Colorful Butterflies

Transform an everyday household object—a coffee filter!—into a colorful butterfly.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials. Make sure your markers are washable, otherwise they won’t bleed properly.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Color the coffee filter with markers. Use as many colors as you want and try to cover up all the white.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Place a paper plate or towel under the colored coffee filter. Use a spray bottle to spray the coffee filter with water. Watch how all of the colors run together! Let the coffee filter dry.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    Once dry, gather the coffee filter in the middle with a pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner closed and make antennae. Clamp a clothespin over the middle to make the butterfly’s body. You can draw eyes or even a face on the clothespin, if you want!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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