Our daughter wanted to make a piece to accompany the book, “Waiting for Wings” for her teacher this year (who has certainly given her wings!), coming up with this butterfly wall hanging.

She may have loved the butterflies so much she decided to make an additional set for herself or maybe a few more…

Materials

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

  • Coffee filters
  • Wooden butterfly bodies or twigs
  • Glue gun
  • Cord
  • Paint (liquid watercolours, watercolour pucks etc.)
  • Glitter glue
  • Office supply stickers
  • Branch or driftwood
  • Beads
  • Cooling racks
  • Artificial stamen
  • Scissors

We always find these items helpful too:

Make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & activities for kids)

  • Smock
  • Craft tray

Directions

  • Read the book Waiting for Wings for inspiration.

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

  • Don your smock.  Lay your coffee filters in your craft trays and paint them.  We created two sets- one with warm colours and the other with cool colours.  Our daughter’s current favourite technique is splatter painting, where you tap the brush, creating flecks of copper in this case.  Allow your filters to dry overnight on your cooling racks.  Once dry, add stickers if you would like to extend your designs.

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

  • Fold your filters (we went with an accordion style, back and forth movement) and glue them onto the back of your bodies, adding some stamen for antennae if you like.  You may need a little bit of adult assistance for this portion to hold the fold down while you glue or vice versa.

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

  • Loop your cord over the driftwood or branch, knotting it tightly and then lace your beads through the two pieces of cord, knotting the end several times.

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

  • Attach your butterfly to the bottom with glue.  Trim off any excess cord.  Allow to dry and then hang it in your room or give it to someone special!

Butterfly Wall Hanging: Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall. Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

 

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

 

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

 

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

 

 

Butterfly Wall Hanging:  Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall.  Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Want more butterfly inspiration?

Design butterfly wings with loose parts:

http://make-it-your-own.com/design-your-own-butterfly-wings-with-loose-parts/

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Spin art butterflies:

http://make-it-your-own.com/nature-finds-butterflies/

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Shrink art necklaces:

http://make-it-your-own.com/shrink-art-creature-necklaces/

Shrink Art Necklace with make-it-your-own.com (Craft & activities for kids)

Make a butterfly costume out of shopping bag: 

http://make-it-your-own.com/paper-bag-butterfly/

Paper Bag Butterfly Costume from make-it-your-own.com (Crafts & activities for kids!)

Tissue paper monarch necklace:

http://make-it-your-own.com/butterfly-necklace/

Monarch Butterfly Necklace from make-it-your-own.com (Art, crafts & activities for kids)

With Earth Day coming up, check out these other recycled insects!

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Grasshopper: https://www.thecrafttrain.com/cardboard-tube-grasshopper/

Bumblebee: http://buggyandbuddy.com/egg-carton-bee/

Dragonfly: http://kidscraftroom.com/recycled-milk-jug-dragonfly-craft

Caterpillar:  http://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/how-to-make-a-colorful-caterpillar-suncatcher/

Bumblebee: http://iheartcraftythings.com/recycled-bee-craft.html ‎

Ladybug: http://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/recycled-cd-ladybug-kid-craft/

Purpose

  • Painting with different materials on different surfaces.
  • Learning about butterflies.
  • Expressing gratitude.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a glue gun with care and adult supervision.
  • Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose.
  • Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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4 Responses

    • Bonnie Scorer

      Thank you Emma! My daughter has been splatter painting all sorts of things- it is current favourite technique! SO nice of you to leave a comment!

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