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TP Roll Butterfly

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Everyone in my family know

Items Needed For Craft

Toilet Paper Roll

Two Coffee Filters

Goggly Eyes


Washable Markers

Black Permanent Marker

Pipe Cleaner


Paint the toilet paper. I recommend choosing bright colors but any will do.

Everyone in my family knows not to throw away Toilet Paper Rolls. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Toilet Paper Rolls are a gold mine of fun crafts you can do with your kids. Be sure to check out these other Toilet Paper Roll Crafts:

Glue two googly eyes to the top of the toilet paper roll.

Draw a smile below the two eyes with a black permanent marker.

Grab two coffee filters and stack them on top of each other. Flatten out the coffee filters and place on top of a piece of paper.

While the coffee filters are stacked, color the top filter with WASHABLE markers. Get creative and color different patterns and experiment with different colors. For Butterfly Wings I like using bright summer colors and avoid using the color black. I also have found that if the colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel you run the risk of them blending into a yucky muddy color. To avoid this, don't put purple/yellow, red/green, and blue/orange next to each other.

Once the coffee filter is completely colored, spray the filters with water. The coffee filters will absorb the water and will make the colors bleed together. You want to get the filters just wet enough that the colors will begin to bleed but avoid drenching the filters. I also like to place a piece of plastic like a garbage bag or grocery sack underneath while spraying the filter water. This will keep the markers bleeding onto the counter.

Allow for the filters to completely dry. If it is a hot day outside, put the filters in the sun to dry faster. Once dried, peal the two coffee filters apart and you will see that you have two identical filters.

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Grab one of the filters and fold into an accordion. Repeat with the second filter. Younger kids will need help folding the coffee filters.

Stack the two Coffee Filters on top of each other and twist the center of them together.

Tape the coffee filters to the back of the Toilet Paper Roll.

Spread out the wings. Grab a pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Tape it to the inside of the toilet paper roll.

Optional Step: Curl the butterfly antennas with a marker. You do this by taking a marker and wrap the pipe cleaner around it. Slide the marker out of the pipe cleaner and repeat on the other side. This will make the antennas curly.

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My youngest daughter and I had a blast making these TP Butterflies. This is an example of one of the ones that she made. Let kids be creative and make decisions for themselves.

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