Coffee Filter Flowers
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up.
This craft is an old favorite and we’ve given it a colorful twist. By using pretty water colors, you can make a large variety of beautiful blooms to decorate your home. Be sure to visit all of our spring and Easter crafts.
What you'll need:
- Basket coffee filters
- Water color paints
- Green chenille stems (1 per flower)
How to make it:
- Flatten coffee filter onto work surface (place some scratch paper or newspaper underneath).
- Paint coffee filter with watercolor paint. Thin the paint more in some areas to make the color lighter. Use whatever combination of colors you like, we used two colors per flower. Let the filters dry completely.
- Cut about 2” off the end of a chenille stem and set both pieces aside.
- There are several different ways to make your flowers. You can fringe the ends in thin strips (leaving the center whole) to make the flower that resembles a pom pom. You can cut thicker strips, about 1” wide each, to make the petaled flower or don’t cut the filter at all to make the rose.
- Insert the large piece of green chenille into the center of the coffee filter about 1.5” in. Hold onto the small end and turn the flower upside down so that the long end of the chenille is sticking up.
- Grasp the center of the coffee filter and gather it around the small end of the chenille.
- Twist the smaller piece of chenille around the gathered filter to secure the flower in place. Turn the flower back over and fluff the petals as needed.
- No two coffee filters will look the same. Thin watercolors to make lighter shades and use thicker amounts for bolder shades.
- You can speed dry the coffee filters by laying them in a sunny window or blow drying them.
- Make your own designs by experimenting with different cuts and shapes.