Easy Butterfly Craft for Preschoolers

This craft is so simple and fun for a toddler, preschooler, or kindergartner.


  • Two (2) Coffee Filters
  • Watercolors (you could use crayons, tempera, glitter glue, or any other decorative materials…but I like the water paints for this)
  • One (1) Pipe Cleaner


  1. Flatten coffee filters
  2. Paint and decorate coffee filters with watercolors and allow to dry.
  3. Fold each coffee filter into a half circle.
  4. Accordion fold both filters from the flat side to the curved side.
  5. Fold the pipe clear in half and twist three to four times.
  6. Place one of the coffee filters, flat side down in between the pipe stems and twist twice.
  7. Place the other coffee filter in, flat side up (the two rounded sides should be facing inward) and twist three to four times.
  8. Take a pencil and curl the ends of each stem of the pipe cleaner into antennae.

If you are crafting with a toddler or younger preschooler, you may have to assist with twisting the pipe cleaner.

This is great for young children because no matter how they paint it, there will be a nice effect.

And there you have it! An easy little butterfly.

My daughter enjoyed flying hers around the house.

If you make several, you can create a mobile and hang it from the ceiling.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Amanda, that is a great project (and cute pics). It made me think of the butterfly project at the Holocaust Museum Houston. They are collecting (and will display) 1.5 million hand made butterflies that people send in to remember each and every one of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. They prefer 2-D butterflies but I’m sure these will be fine. http://www.hmh.org/minisite/butterfly/index.html
    Oasis Jim

  2. Mama Luxe says:

    Hi! The name is Candace (not Amanda) but thank you for sharing that…I’m sure we can make a 2-D butterfly and send it in! What a beautiful way to memorialize the tragedy of these lost lives.