I love unconventional art surfaces, ones that are not your typical white paper or canvas. I came upon this one unexpectedly.
I was on an art mission, one day, and started digging around my kitchen for some regular white coffee filters for a watercolor activity I wanted to try. Our new coffee maker takes the brown cone filters but I knew I had some white ones stashed away at one point.
I didn’t find what I was looking for but I had two little girls asking what project we were going to do that day. I started brainstorming.
I stared at those brown filters and tried to come up with something…and then it hit me! When you put them together they look like butterfly wings!
See the simple steps below for this easy, and fun, Coffee Filter Butterfly.
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Before starting this activity, read the book A Butterfly is Patient. This is a beautiful book that will provide some great inspiration.
This would be a good lesson to tie into symmetry, however, my girls enjoyed just dotting wherever they pleased. This would also be a great activity for International Dot Day!
Go on a nature walk to collect sticks for your butterfly body. We, specifically, looked for sticks that split off in two directions so it looked like antennas.
Glue your wings together and then use hot glue to attach your stick to the center.
Our finished butterflies:
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