Need a Summer Activity? Make Coffee Filter Butterflies!

Welcome to the Giggles LA blog, where creativity and fun collide! Today, we're thrilled to share a delightful adventure with you and your little ones: a step-by-step guide to making charming coffee filter butterflies. Transform ordinary coffee filters into colorful fluttering creatures that will bring a touch of whimsy to any space. So, grab your supplies and get ready to spread your wings as we embark on this magical journey together!


- Coffee Filters
- Washable Markers
- Pipe Cleaners
- Beads
- Gallon Size Ziplock Bags Spray Bottle filled with water

Step 1:

Flatten out a coffee filter on top of a gallon size zippered bag. Draw random designs on the coffee filter with a variety of colors. Remember that color combinations next to each other on the color wheel will become muddy once blended – red and green; blue and orange; yellow and purple.

Step 2:

Mist coffee filter with water from a spray bottle and then let dry completely. Set aside to dry but it’s super fun to watch the colors mix and blend! Create two tie-dyed coffee filters for each butterfly.

 Step 3:

Fan fold two coffee filters to create each butterfly. Stack fan folded coffee filters on top of each other, as pictured below.


Step 4:

Fold pipe cleaner in half and place coffee filters one-third from base. Twist the bottom loop of the chenille stem. Twist once above the folded coffee filters, creating a tight section. Leave a 1⁄2” loop and twist again to create the butterfly head. Leave the antennae straight.

Step 5:

Open and fluff out the wings of the butterfly. Pinch at the ends to retain the folds. Thread a pony bead on the end of each antennae and curl into a swirl.

We hope you and your little ones had a blast creating these enchanting coffee filter butterflies with us! At Giggles LA, we're all about fostering imagination and exploration through hands-on activities like this one. As you admire your fluttering creations, may they serve as a reminder of the joy found in simple moments of creativity. Stay tuned for more inspiring ideas and playful adventures from Giggles LA, where every day is an opportunity to make memories and let your imagination soar!

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