Butterflies will soon be making their appearance in our area. If you can’t wait or if your kiddos are studying the butterfly life cycle, they can easily be created using using watercolor spray paint and giant coffee filters called Texas snowflakes. The Texas snowflake makes a fun and interesting twist on a tried and true butterfly activity. We found them at Discount School Supply here. They are so cool and really big. However, they aren’t a must and regular coffee filters can be used to make the same effect just on a smaller scale.
- Texas snowflakes or regular sized coffee filters.
- Liquid watercolor mixed and poured into a trigger spray bottle
- Giant chenille stems for the Texas snowflakes or regular sized pipe cleaners for coffee filters
First hang the Texas snowflake to get ready for the watercolor. This one is clothes-pinned to a bush outside:
Spray it with watercolor using a trigger sprayer. I purchased sprayers in the garden center at Walmart. This step is so fun!!
Lay them out to dry. The butterfly shown has two Texas snowflakes so it has extra fluffy wings. Once dry, fold them in half:
Scrunch them in the middle to make the wings and body. Fold a pipe cleaner in half then place it around the scrunched body of the butterfly and pull the ends through through the loop. Your kids may need to use some teamwork to do this step. I hope this picture helps explain:
Tighten the pipe cleaner and fluff the wings.
They looked lovely in the sunshine.
One regret about the post…I didn’t take a photo that truly shows the size of the butterfly. It is approximately 16 inches across. It is huge and one wing is the size of my hand.
I hope you have a delightful day creating beautiful butterflies together!
Some supplies can be found on Amazon, just click on the pictures.
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