Friday, October 1, 2010

Coffee Filter Butterflies

I Found this online somewhere and it  is really easy and fun for kids 5 and up so I thought I'd share it with all of you. This is not my own this time.

Follow these instructions for making a butterfly out of a coffee filter and a clothespin.
Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

 

Materials Needed:
Round Coffee Filter
Watercolor Paints or Food Coloring
Clothespins
Black Acrylic Paint
Wiggle Eyes
Black Chenille Stem
Magnet
Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Scissors
Instructions:
Start out by dampening the coffee filter with water so it lays flat. Color the coffee filter using watercolor paints or food coloring. Set it aside to dry.

Paint the clothespin black. Once the paint is dry, glue on two wiggles eyes. Cut a piece of chenille stem about 2-inches long, fold it in half, and glue it on just above the eyes to be the antenna.

When the coffee filter is dry, pinch them in the middle. Clip the middle of the coffee filter into the clothespin to be the wings. Spread the wings out and you are done.

Finally, to finish your butterfly, glue a magnet to the back. If you prefer, you can add a ribbon loop instead of a magnet and hang it up like an ornament.

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