Coffee Filter Butterflies (with tissue paper)

Coffee Filter Butterflies with Tissue Paper


Students will create coffee filter butterflies using tissue paper.

What You Need:

  • tissue paper- cut in small squares/ all colors

Note: Some tissue papers are non-bleeding. You want the paper that is labeled “Colors bleed when wet”. See Here: Art Tissue 

  • coffee filters (round) or white paper (cut into circles)
  • water
  • spray bottles or paint brushes
  • pipe cleaners

What You Do:

  1. Take coffee filter (or paper cut to shape) and have children spray or paint completely with water.
  2. Place squares of tissue paper on wet paper or coffee filter.
  3. Let dry about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove tissue paper and the colors will remain.
  5. Take the pipe cleaner and wrap it around the center of the filter and bend ends to look like antenna. Cut to length and glue (if using the paper).


You could also have children put tissue paper on one side only, fold paper in half and have the colors transfer from one side to the other with the coffee filters… one placed on top of the other (with tissue paper in between) will also transfer the colors from one to the other spray bottle and paint brushes give the children different small motor experiences.

The children in my class liked this project so much that we did it two days in a row.


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