Earth Day Craft: Beautiful Butterflies



Decorate for Spring and Earth Day with these beautiful butterflies.

These butterflies are simple to make with very little supplies!


* Coffee Filters
* Watercolor Paints
* Paintbrush
* Paper towel
* Googly eyes
* Clothes pins
* Glue


Completely wet coffee filter and squeeze out extra water. Paint the entire coffee filter with watercolors.

Paint the entire clothespin with watercolors. They could also be colored with markers.

Allow coffee filter to completely dry. Gather the coffee filter into the middle of the clothes pin. Glue googly eyes to the top end.

To make butterflies fly, attach fishing line to them and hang from the ceiling. We hot glued mini clothes pins (with the metal spring) to the backs so our butterflies could sit on our spring branches.

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Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy's family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

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7 Responses to “Earth Day Craft: Beautiful Butterflies”

  1. pamela ponder Apr 08 at 11:10 am Reply Reply

    how adorable, looks easy enough for me to try…

  2. Mary Apr 09 at 10:13 pm Reply Reply

    What a great idea! I’ll have to do this with my playgroup this month!

  3. Adriana Apr 10 at 6:33 am Reply Reply

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful idea. These will be hanging in my preschool classroom in Sydney, Australia very soon. My 4 year old preschoolers are going to love making them.
    Smiles and Happy Days

  4. Heather Apr 11 at 1:09 pm Reply Reply

    We’re making these today! My daughter is sooo excited!! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Jen Apr 11 at 1:51 pm Reply Reply

    I make these all the time with my 1st graders. I just have them color the whole coffee filter with markers while it is still dry. Then we spray them with water using a spray bottle. Its fun for the kids to see them change into “tie-dye” looking goodness! They love it! Fun project. We do a whole unit on life cycles. Butterfly is my fave!

  6. What a really fun project to do with younger children! too cute!

  7. Mojavi at Simple Things Apr 12 at 1:39 am Reply Reply

    we will be doing this tomorrow that is how easy it is :) thanks for a fun idea for craft time tomorrow!

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