Creating Clothespin Butterflies: A Fun and Easy Craft

Creating Clothespin Butterflies: A Fun and Easy Craft

Whether you’re looking for a whimsical addition to your home decor, a fun project for your classroom, or just a creative way to spend an afternoon with your children, making clothespin butterflies is an engaging craft that’s both simple and inexpensive. This guide will walk you through the process of turning everyday items like clothespins and coffee filters into delightful, colorful butterflies.

Materials Needed

  • Wooden clothespins
  • Coffee filters
  • Washable markers (variety of colors)
  • Water and a small paintbrush or a spray bottle
  • Pipe cleaners (for the antennae)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or hot glue gun (optional for extra decorations)

Step 1: Coloring the Coffee Filters

Start by flattening out the coffee filters on a protected surface. With washable markers, let your imagination run wild and color the filters with vibrant designs and patterns. The more color, the better! After you’re satisfied with your design, lightly mist the coffee filter with water. This will cause the colors to spread and blend into one another, creating a beautiful, watercolor effect. Allow the filters to dry completely.

Step 2: Preparing the Clothespins

While the coffee filters are drying, take the time to decorate your clothespins. You can paint them, color them with markers, or even glue on small decorations to personalize your butterflies. Let them dry if you’ve painted them.

Step 3: Assembling Your Butterfly

Once the coffee filters and clothespins are dry, fold the coffee filters into an accordion shape by making small back-and-forth folds. Clip the clothespin onto the center of the folded coffee filter, creating the butterfly’s wings. Adjust the folds as necessary to create a more distinct wing shape.

Step 4: Adding the Finishing Touches

Cut a small length of pipe cleaner and curl the ends to resemble antennae. Attach the antennae to the top of the clothespin with a dab of glue. Now your clothespin butterfly is ready to flutter into its new home!

Tips for Success

  • Experiment with different colors and patterns on the coffee filters to create a variety of butterflies.
  • Use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process for the coffee filters.
  • For a classroom project, set up a ‘drying station’ where the coffee filters can lay flat and not overlap.
  • Consider adding magnets to the back of the clothespins to create decorative fridge magnets.


Making clothespin butterflies is a fantastic way to bring color and creativity into your day. With just a few simple materials, you can create something truly beautiful. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make each butterfly your own. Happy crafting!






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