Easy Spring Craft Idea for Kids: Coffee Filter Butterflies & Craft Stick Caterpillars

One of Lucas’ favorite books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. He pretty much reads this book every night and I say that he reads it because…he kinda does. Well, he has the book memorized is more like it LOL. Anyhow, given his love for the book and the fact that Spring is in full swing, I thought a corresponding craft would be fun!


Materials Needed for Coffee Filter Butterflies:
Coffee filters {1 for each butterfly}
Paint brushes
Pipe cleaners {1 for each butterfly}
Paper plate or newspaper

1. Flatten the coffee filter and place it on a paper plate or newspaper and paint all around using the water colors. The paint and water will soak through so be sure to use a paper plate or newspaper underneath the coffee filter. Set aside to dry.
2. Fold the chenille stem in half.
3. Fold the coffee filter accordion style. You don’t have to be precise–really just give it a good scrunch!
4. Position the pleated {or scrunched up} coffee filter into the bent end of the chenille stem. Center the filter at the bend.
5. Twist the chenille stem around the filter to secure it in place.
6. Bend the tips of the chenille stems to create the antennae.
7. Fan out the butterfly wings.

Materials Needed for Craft Stick Caterpillar:
Popsicle sticks or craft sticks
Yarm pom poms
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaners
Elmer’s school glue

Glue yarn pom poms onto craft stick. Glue on googly eyes and attach pipe cleaner for the antennae.



  1. Wow.. These are really cute:-) Thnxs for sharing this idea with us!

  2. I'm so bookmarking this for a rainy day. Thanks.

  3. What a perfect craft for the church VBS and other classes.
    Thank you so much.