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Monday, February 21, 2011

Coffee Filter Butterflys

I have created these coffee filter butterflys before and placed magnets on the back of them as well as tied string to them so that they seemed to float from the cieling.

½ black chenille stem

Paper coffee filter

Water color paints

Paint brush


Flatten the coffee filter and place it on a plate or newspaper, the paint and water will soak through. Set aside on paper towels to dry. Fold the chenille stem in half. Remember, you are only using half of a chenille stem to begin with. Fold the coffee filter accordion style, in about ½" pleats. Position the pleated coffee filter into the bent end of the chenille stem. Center the filter at the bend. Twist the chenille stem around the filter to secure it in place. Bend the tips of the chenille stems over about ¼" to create the antennae. Fan out the butterfly wings. If desired, hang with yarn or fishing line.

you can find a tutorial on the Kaboose website as well.

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