Summertime is finally here and you know what that means… kiddos are out of school and need to be entertained every second of every day. Finding activities they actually want to do while being cooped up during the summer is difficult, so when we can all agree on spending our day crafting, that’s a win in my book! It’s a great way to make memories with your kiddos and to help them learn how to do something new. So if you’re looking for a fun summertime craft, look no further. These DIY coffee filter butterflies are so much fun to make and make really great patio decorations too! Here’s how to get started:
- 2 coffee filters
- Washable markers
- An eye dropper or small measuring spoon
- 1 pipe cleaner (12″ long)
- Flatten out the coffee filters a little. Next, color your designs onto the coffee filters.
- Then take an eye dropper or small measuring spoon and drip water onto the marker until the coffee filter is completely wet. Once the coffee filter is completely wet, stop adding water.
- Allow filters to completely dry. If possible you can set them on a baking sheet and have them dry outside. If not, allow several hours inside for them to completely dry.
- Once they are dry and you pull apart the two coffee filters, you’ll end up with two very similar looking layers.
- Once they’re separated and completely dry, fold each one back and forth, accordion style, in about 1/2″ folds.
- Keep folding until you have two flat strips then put the two folded strips on top of each other.
- Next, twist a pipe cleaner around the middle so that the two ends point upwards in a big letter “V”.
- Next, pinch the end of each pipe cleaner and curl it outwards to make a small spiral.
- Finally, pull apart the folds in the coffee filter to open them up and shape your butterfly.
These DIY coffee filter butterflies are guaranteed to be a new family-favorite! What are some of your favorite summer-inspired crafts? Let us know in the comments below!
Tutorial via One Little Project at a Time.