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.


http://www.mommygaga.com/2012/03/spring-crafts-for-kids-coffee-filter-butterfly-craft.html


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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2 comments:

  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

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  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!

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