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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Water Color Butterflies

Each student needs:

  • paper coffee filters
  • watercolor paints
  • paint brushes
  • markers
  • glue
  • glitter
  • clothespins
  • colored paper
  • scissors
  • water


  1. To color the filters, dab on watercolor paint with a brush and draw on designs with the markers. The watercolors will bleed together. When using markers, sprinkle the filter lightly with water to make the ink blend together. For a shimmery effect, add glitter-and-glue designs.
  2. Once the filter is dry, pinch it in the middle like a bow tie.
  3. Clasp with a clothespin, and fan out each side of the filter to resemble a butterfly's wings.
  4. Cut two strips of construction paper, approximately the size of match sticks.
  5. Glue the strips onto the clothespin to form a pair of antennae.