Spring Butterflies

Coffee Filter  Clothespin ButterfliesBack when we were living in Kuwait, I remember desperately longing for rain.  The kind that lasts days and days and lends itself to cozy hoodies, movie afternoons, and pots of soup simmering on the stove.  Well, I’m happy to say, I think I’ve officially had my fix.  It’s been raining for several days in a row now, and though lazy afternoons on the couch watching documentaries and romantic comedies don’t exactly fit well with our current life, we’ve enjoyed the rain nonetheless.   

That being said, sometimes enough is enough.  After spending the morning pretending we were in the tropics {while actually at the conservatory}, we decided to spend our afternoon creating spring butterflies.  

IMG 6101The project started off as a creative table…  Some coffee filters, Mr. Sketch scented makers (my absolute favourite as a child), Crayola markers, and a few bingo dabbers.

IMG 6157Grae decorated her coffee filters independently for a while, and then asked me to join her to finish them off.  

IMG 6161Afterwards, Miss G used an easy-to-squeeze spray bottle to soak the filters pretty thoroughly.

IMG 6168While waiting for them to dry, we began to work on our butterfly bodies.  Using Sharpies, we drew little faces on the tops of the bamboo pins.

IMG 6170Here they are when done.

IMG 6170Next, Grae chose some pipe cleaners from our stash, we cut them in half, and bent them into little antennae shapes.

IMG 6171When we got back to our filters, they weren’t quite dry yet, so we took a blowdryer to them.  10 seconds each was all they needed.

IMG 6173To assemble the butterflies, we simply pinched them across the middle (Miss G did this job) and fanned the wings out nicely (my job).

IMG 6175Then Grae carefully selected a clothespin body and a set of sparkly antennae and we clipped everything together.

IMG 6187Here are are the two butterflies Miss G declared her favourites.

IMG 6195At the last  minute, we decided to add magnets to the backs of the clothespins with hot glue (I also popped a little squeeze of glue into the tops of the clothespins too, just to hold everything together more permanently).

IMG 6192And here’s my proud little girl with her finished project.


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7 thoughts on “Spring Butterflies

  1. I’d like to link to your page for a Children’s Festival blog post listing crafty ideas for the little ones because this one is great! Let me know if I can use a photo as well and I’ll credit you ;-O

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