Boy Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies

Coffee Filter Butterflies

I was so excited to finally find large, white coffee filters here in AU! I have only been able to get natural colored, small, cone filters.  So filters in hand, we set out to make coffee filter butterflies. I have always loved this art activity. It is so simple, so fun to make and the results are always so pretty.  I mixed up some liquid water colors with water and put them in some small dropper bottles I got from my friend who is a veterinarian. We set up our art area (aka a sheet on the floor and some boxtops as work stations) and the boys began dropping the colors onto their filters. My eldest was very precise while my youngest just emptied bottle after bottle of water colors on his filters.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

After the boys were done, we set the filters aside to dry.  When we checked back a few hours later they were dry and beautiful!

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

So beautiful, in fact, that my eldest no longer wanted to make his into butterflies, but instead chose to hang them on his window in his bedroom.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

The boys then used the other coffee filters to make butterflies.  Each one of us created one butterfly and they all came out very differently.  We scrunched the filters in the middle and wrapped a black pipe cleaner around to hold it in place. I added googly eyes and antennae to mine, while my boys both added popsicle stick bodies. Here are our coffee filter butterflies.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

My youngest’s butterfly

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

My eldest’s butterfly

Boy Mama Teacher Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies, or not...

My butterfly

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11 thoughts on “Boy Mama: Coffee Filter Butterflies

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  2. Where oh where did you find the coffee filters?? I’m so excited to find we have them here. Ive looked everywhere and like you, can only find the unbleached cone shaped ones – not good for crafts! I love what you all created with these. So beautiful.

  3. We made something similar last year and hung them on fishing line on a few pencils duct taped together in a kind of mobile way. Looked nicer than it sounds!

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