Friday, March 11, 2011

Think Spring! Butterfly Craft

{Butterfly by Mia, Age 4}
Mia made this cute and very simple craft at preschool and we decided to make a few more to decorate at home. The snow has to go away soon, but in the meantime, we have a cheery bit of spring indoors!

{My Dotty Butterfly Design}
  • coffee filter
  • Bingo markers (Ours came from Dollar Tree.)
  • pipe cleaner
  • scissors  (optional)
  • fishing line (optional)
  1. Make a design for the butterfly's wings by dotting Bingo markers onto a coffee filter. (You can also use markers or watercolor paints if you don't have Bingo markers. One option is two color with washable markers and then spray the design with a water bottle to create a softer look.) 
  2. Let the markers (or paint) dry.
  3. Pinch the coffee filter in the center and twist once.
  4. Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Bend one half around the twisted center of the coffee filter and twist it to secure it. Shape into antennae. (If you prefer, you can use a whole pipe cleaner. You will just have fairly long antennae.)
  5. You can make a whole flutter of butterflies and hang them using fishing line if you wish.
    {My Finished Butterfly}

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