Stained Glass Butterfly

This craft sorta happened on accident. It is a combination of a leftover tie-dyed coffee filter from this post and the Bob & Larry Stained Glass. But boy, am I glad we stumbled upon it! I would like a few more to adorn my kitchen window because it truly is beautiful.

Here’s what you’ll need:  coffee filters, markers, spray bottle with water, black piece of construction paper, scissors, contact paper. Optional:  laminator.

1. Fold a piece of black construction paper in half. Draw the outline of one side of a butterfly.
2. Cut out the outline and the inside of the butterfly half.



3. Meanwhile, let your kiddo go to town coloring on the coffee filters using washable markers.

4. Spray until all of the coffee filters are wet, but not soaking. Let dry (it typically takes a couple hours).

5. Cut out a piece of contact paper slightly larger than the butterfly outline.
6. Meanwhile, let your little tear the coffee filters into small pieces.
7. Start sticking the coffee filter pieces on the sticky side of the contact paper.
Almost done…

8. Now you have two options. You can either place another piece of contact paper on the top OR you can do what I did and place it inside of a laminating sleeve and run it through the laminator (if you have one).

(If you have a laminator, run it through.)
9. Then cut around the edges.

10. Put a few pieces of tape on the back and stick it on the window or use a hole punch and hang it! Isn’t it lovely???



  1. Going to do this tomorrow … my preschoolers loved the clothes peg butterflies (though we used popsicle sticks instead of clothes pegs because the kids wanted to make them fly). The butterflies are decorating the classroom! Thanks for the ideas.

  2. I just discovered your blog and I really like it. Thank you for all your great ideas. My kids and I did this activity yesterday and then made another one today because they liked it so much. Instead of laminating it or even sticking on another piece of contact paper we just stuck ours right in the window with the already sticky contact paper. They are so pretty I can just sit and stare at them!

  3. I am so glad you enjoyed the activity, Josie! I was thinking to myself this morning how pretty the butterfly is. I think we might make more for my kitchen window because I love it so much. ;)

    Siobhan, great idea for letting the butterflies fly!

  4. Yesterday my daughter and I were admiring the butterflies in the garden and I remembered this post.
    She's two and her attention span has never really led to a completed art project before. Usually I can sense her attention spam waning. This project though held her from start to finish.
    She was so proud of her butterfly we wound up folding it in half so she could flap it's wings so it could fly. She even put in her her tricycle trunk to show her friends at the playground.
    Thanks for a wonderful project, a learning experience for both mom and toddler and for giving me the proud satisfaction of seeing my child complete her first full art project.

  5. We made one of these last year and it was so fun to do. For ours we shaved old crayons and melted them between the layers of wax paper with an iron to give the stained glass effect. Yours turned out great!

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