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Monday, April 25, 2011

Butterfly in the Sky

Well, Easter has past, but Spring is still here for another month or so,
which to me means that Spring decor is staying for a little while longer.

I didn't do all of that hard work for NOTHING, after all.

This is a little craft project that Monster and I whipped up just a few days before Easter.

It was inspired by this first LARGE coffee filter butterfly
that he made during story time at the Apple Valley Library.

It's awesome, right?
Where did they get such large coffee filters?

Anyway, he enjoyed the little project so much
that I decided we could replicate it at home using supplies that we had on hand.

Coffee filters
Spray bottle with water
Wire or pipe cleaners

1. Gather the above supplies. 
2. Fold your filter in half and cut 2 triangles from the top and bottom of the fold.
3. Begin coloring
4. Notice that the color should leak through,
 but you still should color on both sides for emphasis and style.


5. Get out the spray bottle and soak down the "butterflies" with water.
This will cause the ink to bleed and create a tie dyed effect.

6. Hang to dry.
I am lucky enough to have a cool clothes line in my laundry room.
It is Michael Grave's for Target if you want to pick one up.
I love that it is retractable, so I only have it out when I need it.

7. Sorry, I didn't photograph this step, but it is easy like the rest.
Take your wire or pipe cleaner,
scrunch up the center of the butterfly,
 and twist to make the body and antennae.

Now they should look something like this.

I love all the bright colors that this added to the kitchen.
I just folded Scotch tape up and stuck it to the butterfly and then the wall.

Speaking of butterflies . . .
I actually have another Eisy Morgan recreate.
I am actually going to call this one a FAIL.
I did improve upon it after these photos,
and now it is presentable.
You are about to see what I mean.

It is a recreate of her beaded dragonfly headband tutorial.
I knew my beads would make a good butterfly,
but I wasn't careful enough and my glue got a bit messy and clumpy.

Ashley's is WAY better.
Check out her tutorial and try it out.
It is a quick project, and hopefully you have better luck than I did.

Let me know if you try it
or if you make the coffee filter butterflies.
I'd love to hear about your experiences.

I hope that your Easter Weekend was as wonderful as ours was.


  1. I love the butterfly craft! Looks like a lot of fun with kids.

  2. I am going to try the butterfly with baby girl while big brother's in school...She always gets so bored:(

  3. Oh, I haven't done a coffee filter craft in years and I forgot that they bleed color like that! I bet that would be fun for the kids. Maybe I should pick some up next time I'm at the store!
    And, I had a clothespin line in my head just like that one! I didn't know they sold them at the store!


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