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Clothespin and Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft

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Clothespin and Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft
Clothespin and Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft
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Every kid should learn how to make a classic coffee filter butterfly at least once during their childhood. This easy Clothespin and Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft is the perfect thing to make during the summer. Of course, coffee filter crafts like this are fun to make any time of the year, especially when the kids have an open window of time to fill. These butterfly craft ideas would be even more fun to make after a trip to a butterfly house after they've explored all the beauty that these real creatures have to offer.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts


Age GroupPreschool & Kindergarten

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This is a teacher- and student-favorite project in the spring when kindergarten students study the life cycle of butterflies. These always turn out so pretty, and the families like to keep them (for years, I've heard). You can decorate the clothespins or attach magnets to the back of the clothespins.

I love this sweet butterfly and have made many with my own kids and my students! Another option is pipe cleaners for the antennae, curled into a spiral! Paint the clothespin torso and even glue some gems on it too. The clothespin also can be used to anchor your creation onto a tree or plant limb or even a collar lapel. Super fun idea!


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