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Small Hands Creating Hope – Coffee filter butterfly

A blogging friend of mine has this wonderful project called “Small Hands Creating Hope”. Here is a little bit of her story: “This May, I celebrate 30 years since I was diagnosed with cancer (at 22 months), and I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. My story is what I would like all cancer stories to be, someday – one of hope and a happy future. I decided to put together a book symbolizing hope, with a cancer-related theme. Children’s art projects seemed the perfect medium, and I was fortunate enough to get the support of some fantastic bloggers – and their kids! The book will go live starting May 14th (the day I was admitted for surgery, 30 years ago), with ebook downloads as thank yous for donations to the American Cancer Society through July 4th (when I turn 32 – plus, I like the liberation symbolism of the date!)” MaryAnne from

So we teamed up with a group of other amazing bloggers to help this project become a unique collection of arts and crafts that can easily be reproduced for someone facing cancer, which has been compiled into an ebook that will be available to everybody, who donates at least $15 to the American Cancer Society. Once we have received your donation, you will receive an email with the download link and on top of this you will also receive a second link where you can purchase the hardcopy version at production cost! If you donate and for some reason do not receive the email(s) or are experiencing problems with the downloads, please send a quick email to smallhandsproject at gmail dot com, so you can be helped.

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So of course I offered to do something with Nico, even though Nico is too young to understand the why, he does enjoy helping others and making people happy, so it’s right up his alley. A few things MamaSmiles asked for her project, where the colors purple & yellow and symbols of hope like sun/light, rainbows and butterflies. Since we visited the butterfly house last year, Nico loves butterflies so it was only natural to make one :) He loves using his  rainbow paint and painting coffee filters, so I had him paint a yellow and a purple one.

First attempt

First he did and orange and a rainbow one, lucky me that way I could try out how to turn it into a butterfly ;) I took the orange and rainbow butterfly and folded them accordion style and pinched it in the middle like a bow tie. I held both together and took a folded in half pipe cleaner and twisted a bit of the bottom wrapped some around, and took the left over after a couple of twist and made antennas. By looking at the pic, it’s easier to understand, I promise!

To make this project a little more “glittering” for the purple and yellow one, I had Nico use glue stick and sprinkle some yellow and purple glitter all over, then I did the same as the other one. Tip: Apply the glue very fast and sprinkle before it dries, since Nico doesn’t work quite fast enough I had to re-apply the glue so the glitter would stick.

Please also make sure to check out the other great posts for this project:

14 May Mama Smiles
15 May Artsy Craftsy Mom & Rainbows Within Reach
16 May B. Inspired, Mama!
17 May Rainy Day Mum & Imagination Soup
18 May Inspiration Laboratories
19 May Experimenting Mom
20 May Mama Mia’s Heart2Heart
21 May NurtureStore & Mama Smiles
22 May Living Montessori Now
23 May Mess for Less
24 May Having Fun at Home and CraftoArt
25 May Outlaw Mom
26 May Angelique Felix and Sense of Wonder
27 May Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
28 May Duck Duck Octopus
29 May Smiling like Sunshine
30 May Mommy with Selective Memory
31 May One Perfect Day
1 June The Educators’ Spin On It
2 June Kids Stuff World
3 June Rainy Day Mum
4 June Teach Preschool
5 June Dirt and Boogers
6 June Creative Connections for Kids and The Golden Gleam
7 June Montessori Tidbits
8 June Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
9 June The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
10 June Scribble Doodle and Draw
11 June Learn with Play
12 June Kitchen Counter Chronicles
13 June CRAYON Freckles
14 June Glittering Muffins
15 June Wise Owl Factory
16 June Crafty Maa
18 June Lessons Learnt Journal
20 June Growing a Jeweled Rose
21 June Growing Play
23 June JDaniel4′s Mom



If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it
to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations



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