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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Fun! Coffee Filter Butterflies & The Tie Dyes!

There are so many butterflies flying around our front flower garden right now that it inspired me to do this next project with the boys. Sometimes nature is all the inspiration you need.

I gathered our supplies of:

  • paint brushes
  • coffee filters
  • clothes pins
  • paint
  • pipe cleaners

It was really easy. We just painted 4 coffee filters for each butterfly, stapled them together, painted our clothespin, and then put it altogether.

Here they are working on theirs.


Painting the bodies (clothespins).


We wet the filters before painting them so it would give them a bit of a water color effect.

IMG_5873Drying wings  


And here are the finished butterflies.

Little Man’s


Middle Man’s




My daughter’s

IMG_5936We had a lot of fun doing them and now they hang on our Summer fun wall that we fill up throughout the Summer with things that we’ve made. If all goes well this wall will be full by Summer’s end.

IMG_5937And for those of you who were looking for the finished tie dyes from this post, here they are. 

I actually had to take a couple out of the wash just for this picture. Yeah, you needed to know that.

Sooooo as you can see our boys strayed just a wee bit from the tie dying rules. My Middle Man’s is on the left and I know for a fact that he probably isn’t going to wear his EVER. Little man’s is on the right and he loves his and has already worn it 3 times. Guess who’s I had to take out of the laundry?IMG_5923

Our daughter and I stayed within the boundaries of the tie dying laws so ours came out looking more like your typical tie dye shirts. But like I stated in my prior post, I’m going back to the squirt bottles for better saturation next time. IMG_5924

And then you have my hubby who went in a completely different direction but actually had great success. I think his looks pretty cool.IMG_5925

If you’re interested in checking our our past tie dye adventures click here and here.

And there you have it. Stay tuned for more Summer fun at the ol’ homestead.

Have a lovely day my friends.




  1. Yup, Brad's is totally my favorite. :)
    The butterflies are pretty. :)

  2. I really like the approach that your husband took! Great design and mixing of the colors! I love seeing all of the family crafts.

  3. Everything is so cute! And I love how your hubs' shirt turned out!

    Big why-did-you-let-me-get-so-far-behind-on-commenting size hugs to you! Happy summer my sweet friend!

  4. Trying this again. It is sooo not easy to comment from a phone!

    Love the projects! Cute shirts, especially your hubs'!

    Big why-did-you-let-me-get-so-far-behind-on-comments size hugs to you! Love ya!


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