How to Make a Coffee Filter Butterfly Tie Dye Craft

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Make this easy and fun coffee filter butterfly tie dye craft with your kids! I love this activity and it’s perfect for spring time. With just a few materials you probably already have at home your kids can make beautiful butterflies. They can play with them or hang and display their work!

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Coffee Filter Butterfly Tie Dye Craft

This is one of my favorite crafts from when I was teaching in the classroom. My students loved making these butterflies so much! Now I love doing it at home with my sons. It’s so simple but it feels like magic seeing the colors together make tie dye. I enjoy it as much as my kids!

Materials Needed

  • Coffee filter
  • Markers
  • Clothespin
  • Pipe Cleaner (chenille stem)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Bin – not necessary but helps prevent mess
coffee filter butterfly craft supplies

How to make a Coffee Filter Butterfly

Older kids can do this craft independently or with little supervision. For younger kids and toddlers, you’ll need to help but they can do a lot of it on their own as well.

  • Start by drawing any designs on one side of a single coffee filter. Use a few different colors that compliment each other.
  • Spray it with a bit of water and make sure the whole design is sprayed.
  • Set aside to fully dry.
  • Repeat the same steps on another filter. You can do the same design or a different one.
  • When both filters are dry, fold each piece accordion style and use pin to secure in the middle. Adjust and open filter to make it look like butterfly wings.
  • Last step is to add antennae using the pipe cleaner. Curl at the ends slightly.
how to make a coffee filter butterflycraft

I love this craft so much because it reminds me of my childhood. It’s such a classic kids craft and I know your kids will love making it too! Plus, it’s magical to see the marker design turn into tie dye when the water hits it.

coffee filter butterfly craft

If you make this with your kids share it on social media and tag me so I can see it! It makes me so happy to see parents and teachers try my ideas with their kids. Find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Looking for more easy spring kids craft ideas? Check out these posts:

How to Tie Dye Shoes with Sharpies

Rainbow Circle Watercolor Art

Rainbow Name Craft for Kids



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