This craft celebrates the diversity of species of butterflies found across the state of Connecticut. Follow along to learn how to make butterflies that resemble 2 prominent ones or feel free to make your own, unique species!
You will need:
- Washable markers
- Coffee filters
- Cup of water
- Paper towels
- Pipe cleaner
- Clothes pin
Flatten your coffee filter
I placed mine under a large book, but don’t worry if it’s not perfectly flat!
Color your coffee filter with the washable markers. Below are instructions to color your filter so it looks like a tie dye version of some butterflies in Connecticut, but feel free to make up your own butterfly!
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Red Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
Lay the filter on a paper towel and drop water on it slowly by placing the straw into a shallow dish of water, placing your finger over the top while it is submerged, and then letting go over the butterfly!
Watch the marker bleeds and maybe try to strategically place your drops as you go!
Make sure to let your filter fully dry!
You can color your clothes pin in while you wait for your filter to dry
Pinch the filter in the middle to create two wings
Clip the clothespin on the part where you pinched it
Curl the pipe cleaner into the shape of an antenna and clip it in the top of the antenna
There you have it! Feel free to play with your butterflies or hang them in windows and see how their wings glow when the sunlight hits them.