Coffee Filter Caterpillar
Activity DesignerYale L
My friends Max (6) and Violet (8) are really into bugs. This coffee filter caterpillar is the perfect project for a bug-themed party, complete with your new caterpillar for decor and a station for guests to make their own butterfly wings!
All you need to do to create a colorful caterpillar is to dye some coffee filters, make a caterpillar head, and string everything together. This step-by-step guide will show you how to do exactly that.
What You'll Need
How We Did It
An empty tissue box is the perfect thing to use for your caterpillar's head. You can decorate it with whatever doodads and thingamajigs you have around the house. (We used construction paper, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, googly eyes, and buttons.)
Poke a hole through the coffee filters. (A grown up can do this in bulk with an X-Acto knife; you can get the kiddos to help out doing it one at a time with a chopstick or a pencil.) String the coffee filters up on a piece of twine or yarn. Note: If you tape the yarn to a chopstick, you can poke it through a bunch of coffee filters at once.
Cut two small holes in the tissue box and pull the end of the string through. To make the caterpillar look like it's turning its head, position one hole at the top of the head, and the other hole where the caterpillar's ear should be (if caterpillars had ears!).