Coffee Filter Butterflies

Mason received a butterfly kit from Insect for his birthday this year, so we are currently watching caterpillars enclose themselves in their chrysalids and will hopefully have five butterflies flying around in about a week! Until then, we made these coffee filter butterflies which are super simple to make and look beautiful hanging in a window.


  • Coffee filter
  • markers or watercolor paints
  • paper plate or something else to protect your drawing surface
  • pipe cleaners


  • Flatten your coffee filter out on your paper plate.
  • Use markers or watercolors to color it however you like!
  • Fold a pipe cleaner in half.
  • Scrunch your colored coffee filter in the middle and place the pipe cleaner around it.
  • Twist the top of your pipe cleaner to make antennae.
  • Spread and fluff your butterfly’s wings until you are satisfied with how it looks!
  • You can tape your butterfly to a window and watch as the light shines through it’s colorful wings!
  • If you do complete the craft, I’d love to see it! You can email me a picture at!

Recommended Reading:

You can expand your butterfly knowledge by checking out one of these books available through our eCommunity!

  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach, available on Hoopla also available in Spanish
  • Egg to Butterfly by Rachel Tonkin, available on Hoopla

Extension Activity:

We are taking care of our butterflies from Insect Lore and will also be planting a butterfly garden! We also watched this short video on a butterfly’s life cycle.