Watercolor Butterflies

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Watch closely as coffee filters metamorphose into beautiful butterflies.

What you'll need

  • Paper coffee filters
  • Watercolors and brushes
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Clothespins
  • Colored paper

How to make it

  1. To color the filters, either dab on watercolor paint with a brush or draw on designs with markers -- or both. The watercolors will bleed into each other. If using markers, sprinkle the filter lightly with water to make the ink blend together. For a shimmery effect, add glitter-and-glue designs.

  2. Once the filter is dry, pinch it in the middle like a bow tie. Slide or clip a clothespin onto it and fan out each side of the filter to resemble a butterfly's wings.

  3. Cut two strips of construction paper, approximately the size of matchsticks, and glue them onto the clothespin for a pair of antennae. Then clip them to curtains, hang them from the kitchen chandelier, and even fasten a few to the telephone cord.

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