Butterfly Window Decoration

You will need:

  • Coffee filters (round works best, but cone filters will work if you cut them down the seams and open them up flat)
  • Washable markers
  • Clothespins (hair ties, rubber bands, or pipe cleaners will work
  • A spray bottle of water


    1. 1. Draw on the coffee filter with your washable markers. Fill in as much of the blank space as possible. You can use multiple colors, designs, and shapes.
    2. 2. Pinch the coffee filter in the middle so that you create a butterfly shape. Use a clothespin, hair tie, rubber band, or pipe cleaner to secure the middle.
    3. 3. Spray your artwork with water until the colors start to run throughout the coffee filter. It’s best to do this over a sink or towel.
    4. 4. Let your butterfly dry. Once it’s complete, clip it near a window to let the sun shine on your artwork!

Watch this how-to video to get started

Search Mia’s collection to find more artworks to inspire you

Yoshida Chizuko (Japanese, born 1924), Butterflies at Dawn, 1978, woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Gift of the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture; formerly given to the Center by H. Ed Robison, in memory of his beloved wife Ulrike Pietzner Robison, 2013.29.543



China, Tang Dynasty (618-906), Crown, gold. Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Pillsbury, Phillip Winston Pillsbury, Mary Stinson Pillsbury Lord, Katherine Stevens Pillsbury McKee and Helen Winston Pillsbury Becker in memory of Charles S. Pillsbury, 51.27.193