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Little Coffee Filter Butterflies

By: Regena Allen for

To make these Little Coffee Filter Butterflies, you first need to color your filters, I used permanent markers and water to color mine. After completely dry, draw or trace your butterflies onto the filters and cut them out. I used two for each to give double wings. Place a pipe cleaner down the middle between the wings and glue. Leave enough on each end to make the antennas on one and on the other end fold around to form the body. Spread the wings out slightly and form your coffee filter butterfly. That's it!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts

Type of Paper UsedTextured Paper


Materials List

  • Coffee filters
  • Markers, colors, paint, etc. for decoration
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wire


  1. Color or dye filters and let dry.

  2. Once dry, draw or trace your favorite butterflies onto the filters.

  3. Cut out your butterflies (make two of each design).

  4. Place a pipe cleaner between the two cutouts of the same and glue each side to the pipe cleaner.

  5. Take some floral wire and wrap it around the pipe cleaner to make a way for the butterfly to appear to be hovering over a vase of flowers about 6" or more.

  6. Fold out your wings and shape your butterfly.

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Cute little embellishment idea!

Very clever idea. This is going to be the next project for my grand daughter and myself. She is really into crafts and making things. And when she sees how they are made she will really get a kick out of it. Thank you for sharing this great pattern, along with pictures to help us out.


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