Sunday, May 25, 2014

Coffee Filter Butterflies

Another project that me and the littles have adopted from Pinterest...making this post a part of my Pinned It, Did It feature, in which I attempt projects I find on Pinterest then review them. This project was...

Coffee filter butterflies!  These fit right in with our current life cycles theme.

Last fall, we made some autumn "leaves" by using water colors on leaf shapes cut from coffee filters, so I was already familiar with the pleasing effect of applying water color to coffee filters. Somehow, it even makes toddler painting look pretty. Well, not that I don't enjoy Bee's paintings, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it makes it look pretty in a more grown-up kind of way.

Bee painting...

Chobie painting...

He chose a darker palette for many of his butterflies. Maybe he was going for moths?

When the filters dried, I just twisted on some pipe cleaner.

Overall, this was a really satisfying project.
Time: 2 hrs. (including drying time)

It took us about 30 minutes, with two kids by the way, to paint, a hour or so to dry then another 15-20 minutes to do the pipe cleaner step. We made about a dozen, so it would also be less time if you made fewer.

Cost: $

Skill Level: Easy, even for kids. My 19-month-old did it with grown-up help, but he was able to have a satisfying crafting experience.

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  1. This is awesome! I love simple, inexpensive crafts like this... they're always my daughter's favorite :) I'll give this one a try

  2. thanks! i'm really glad i came across the idea. I can get really involved in elaborate preparations for kid activities so it is nice to have something simple but fun. thanks for stopping by!