Friday, April 9, 2010

Fun with Coffee Filters: Bold Butterflies (Part 2)



Time for another coffee filter craft. This time I used some old funnel-looking filters Cory had in our cupboard to make butterflies like these.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of regular filters vs. funnel ones so you'll know what to look for. The first filter (with the beads in it) is a regular, circular filter. The ones below it are the ones you'll want for this project.

Let’s make some filter butterflies. It’s easy. Here’s what you’ll need for this one: funnel coffee filters, spray mist, a hole punch, string, beads, pinking sheers and adhesive.

Just like with the garland and the banner, you’ll first mist six funnel filters.

Once dry, I fold the filters into fan shapes.

Adhere two sets of two filters together. Doing this, you should now have four wings. The smaller, single ones will be the top wings and the two glued together will be the bottom wings.

Punch a hole in the center of each wing group.
At this point, you can either leave the full wings, or you can create a smaller butterfly by trimming the wings. I used pinking sheers for a fun decorative edge.

Knot the end of a piece of string and thread three beads for the butterfly body.

Thread on the wings and add one more bead for the butterfly head. Pull the butterfly together tightly and secure the butterfly with a few knots. Then loop the rest of the string to have something to hang the butterfly with.

At last, the metamorphosis is complete. You have a butterfly!
Hosting a spring get-together? Create a bunch of these and hang them from your trees or from spots in your home. These would also look cute as spring d├ęcor if you created several of them and strung them in your front window.

Join me on Tuesday when I share my third and final coffee filter installment… well, for now.

9 comments:

marketing said...

absolutely beautiful megan! soooo pretty :):) can't wait to decorate my trees & i just got some new glimmer mist too! xxoo
k

Emily Call said...

These are so fun Megan. They would be such cute decorations for a baby or wedding shower too!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I am loving your coffee filter ideas! Prettiest tree ever. Thanks so much for another great idea, I'll be linking.

creativejewishmom.com said...

Hi Megan, we're both featured on kid's crafts today on oneprettything, and I'd just love it if you would stop by my blog linking party (thru Tues) and link to this and the spheres (and anything else you'd like to share!) So nice to come across another creative mom, and hope to see you at the party @ creativejewishmom.com
all the best, Sara

creativejewishmom.com said...

Hi Megan, thanks so much for taking me up on the invite! Hope to see you again next week! all the best, Sara

laura vegas said...

these butterflies are so cute megan! i would never think of something like that.

Angie said...

I love these too! You're in an awesome creative groove right now...keep it up!

JV said...

I am just WOW-ed. You did take it to the next level! This is what we ended up doing to our coffee filters. The kids were quite impressed!
http://nara-saz.blogspot.com/2010/04/remember-those-coffee-filters.html

Best!!
JV
http://nara-saz.blogspot.com

Wordpress Development said...

Awesome! Your work is really impressive. Congrats!