It’s Try It Tuesday again, and this week we’ve been having fun with coffee filters. Not that we ever stop having fun with coffee filters! Today I’m excited to share our tutorial on how to make beautiful coffee filter flowers. My daughter and I have made countless coffee filter flowers, and it never gets old. Some of these beautiful flowers have been brightening our house for the past year and a half. The best part is, this craft is something that’s fun for kids, and adults alike. Also, how beautiful are these flowers? You can make them in any color to go along with your decor. We love to add them to our daughter’s birthday party decorations.
- Coffee filters
- Food coloring, or watercolors
- Wax paper, or another waterproof surface
- Cookie sheet/tray, or something similar
- Gather your materials.
- Spread out a tablecloth (we like to use a shower curtain liner, so I can throw it in the washer later)
- Grab a cookie sheet, or some other type of tray, and place a coffee filter on top.
- You can color your coffee filters several different ways. Here are three of our favorite ways.
1) Paint the coffee filters with watercolors, or watered down food coloring. We like to use a combination of paintbrushes, and plastic pipettes to paint our coffee filters. If you only have paintbrushes, that is all you really need. Tip: If you paint your coffee filters with watercolors or food coloring, make sure you wipe off your tray between coffee filters, or your clean coffee filter will absorb all the color that seeped through your previous coffee filter.2) Get a small bowl or shoe box sized storage container, fill it with water, add a few drops of food coloring, and dye your coffee filters in batches. I leave my coffee filters in the colored water for at least 10 minutes to let the color soak into the coffee filters. If you pull your coffee filters out of the water and they aren’t as dark as you would like them to be, just add a few more drops of food coloring and then soak them again. Here are a few of our leftover coffee filters from this method. I love how beautiful the flowers turned out.3) Let your kids color the coffee filters with washable markers, and then spray the coffee filters with water. We often color coffee filters this way, but I haven’t made any flowers with those coffee filters yet, just fun suncatcher decorations for our windows.
- After you color your coffee filters, you need to lay them out to dry. Place your colored coffee filters on top of a waterproof tablecloth, or use long strips of wax paper. You need six coffee filters per flower, plus a few extras just in case. I always like to have extra colored coffee filters for future art projects.
Assembling Your Coffee Filter Flowers
- When your coffee filters have dried, you are ready to make your flowers. Grab six coffee filters, and fold them in half.
- Fold your coffee filters again, left to right this time.
- Staple your coffee filters together at the corner.
- Cut the edges of your coffee filter in a scalloped wavy pattern.
- Carefully open your coffee filters back up. Make sure you open up all of the layers.
- Starting with the first coffee filter, (the one on top of the stack) gather your coffee filters to the center of your flower one at a time.
- Squeeze all of the layers tight together, and then fluff them all back out, until you are satisfied with how the flower looks. Don’t worry about making it perfect, because flowers in nature aren’t perfect, and they all look different!
- You can either leave your flower as is, or wrap tape around the base to make a mini stem. I put masking tape on a few of mine, and I plan on covering it with green floral tape. You could easily add green coffee filter leaves.
Here are a few of our finished creations.
We usually display our flowers on our dining room window ledge where my daughter can reach them. She loves smelling them, and placing them in baskets. Last year she even used toilet paper rolls as miniature vases.
To add a fun twist to these beautiful coffee filter flowers, we recently decided to add salt on top of our wet coffee filters for a crystallized effect. Here are the results!
These colorful coffee filter flowers are sure to brighten your day, and I am sure your kids will love helping you create them. I love crafts that are fun for kids, and adults alike. I hope this post inspires you to make your own beautiful flowers. Don’t forget to pin this idea for later, and help share the fun. Also, don’t forget to check back next Tuesday to see what we have in store for next week. Happy crafting!