Crafts Using Coffee Filters

Coffee filters are versatile for a variety of craft projects. This guide is about crafts using coffee filters.

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Coffee filter flowers colored with bingo dabblers.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes per flower


  • assorted bingo dabbers
  • spray bottle of water
  • 1 pipecleaner or wire
  • tooth pick or skewer
  • green type of electrical tape
  • 6 round coffee filters
  • plastic table cover


Lay out some plastic table cover (drop cloth or old shower curtain). Lay out 6 round coffee filters. Dab filters with a couple of bingo dabber colors. Take spray bottle with water in it and gentle spritz the filters.

Let the colors run into each other, you can always dab more color if you want. Let dry - this dries fast.

Once dry, gather up the 6 filters and pile together. Take a bamboo skewer or toothpick and make a hole in the centre through all the filers. Push a pipecleaner or wire through the hole and try to create a ball so it doesn't slip out. The bottom of the pipecleaner will be the stem. Now by folding and gathering the filters, make the bottom portion as small as possible so you can wrap the tape around. Do not put the tape too low or it will slip out and not hold secure enough.

Once you have secure the filters on the stem, start separating the filters in different direction creating a flower effect. It is OK to twist the paper to create shape.

This is a very easy craft which also looks beautiful if you leave the filters just white. For leaves, you can make your own or use leaves for other artificial arrangements and add on with green wire. Filler flower are inexpensive, great for a shower party, picnic, even wedding.

By Enza from Toronto, Ontario

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What can you do with coffee filters sizes 4 and 6? Is there any type of craft that they can be used for? I have all these left over filters and I have no use for them anymore, but I really don't want to throw them away.

By mimma from Lindsay, Ontario

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Cut shapes from white poster board such as a cross, flower, heart. Hole punch the top of the shape.

Color the coffee filters with markers.

Use a water bottle and gently spray the filter.

Glue to the cardboard shape and gently tear off the excess filter.

Poke the hole with a pencil and use ribbon or yarn to be able to hang a really cool piece of "tye-dye" art.

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Coffee Filter ArtEasy and inexpensive, children of all ages can enjoy this craft. Use everyday household supplies to make lovely kid designs. This craft can also be used to teach colors and color blending.


  • Plain White Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle (optional)
  • Newspaper or Table cover


Cover a table with newspaper or some other protective cover. Lay out several plain white coffee filters. If you have time, flatten the filters under a heavy book or object. It's best to do this the night before, but I did it shortly before and it still worked well. Let the kids design the coffee filters with markers. When they are finished, let them use their fingers to dab water on the filters. They can even use a paint brush or baster. Another option is to use a spray bottle to mist the filters. Watch the colors spread and blend. Let dry and hang. These look nice in a window like a sun catcher.

By Jayme from Harrisonburg, VA

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CoffeeFilterAngel264x236.jpgPaper angels for kids.

Approximate Time 20 minutes


  • white round coffee filters
  • colored paper
  • wire
  • or silver chenille stick
  • or scrap of foil
  • glue or glue stick
  • string yarn or ribbon
  • tape


Take each coffee filter individually and fold in half, then fold in half again forming triangles (careful not to straighten the pleats). Place a dab of glue on the inside corner of the second fold. Squish shut. Repeat on all three filters.


Overlap the three tips and glue together to form your body and wings as shown. Trace the bottom of either your glue stick or a roll of thread onto your construction paper for a head. Draw eyelids and a mouth. Glue your head to your coffee filter body. If you like, you can color in the pleats to make your angel multi colored.

Twist your wire, foil or chenille stick into a halo and tape to the back of your angel. Tie a loop of your string, ribbon or yarn and hook onto the wire in the back so you can hang your angel Tada, your angel is finished!

By Mara from Seattle, WA


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You and children of any age can make these simple flowers with just a coffee filter, construction paper, cotton balls, a small ring from a toilet paper roll and some glue.

Multicolored coffee filter flower.

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I have made flowers out of the coffee filters, but now due to me adding color the paper is limp. Does anyone know how I can stiffen the paper again? Thank you in advance for any advise you may have.

Enza from Toronto, Ontario

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You don't mention what you used to dye the filters. I have made many, many coffee filter roses and never had a problem. I use powdered drink mix to dye the filters. I have used the mix with sugar and it seems to make the filter a bit stiffer but normally I just use the unsweetened powder since I don't want to attract critters. I have soaked the filters overnight in a particular color and the paper was still o.k. not limp at all. What did you use to dye the papers with?

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These are cute little magnets that are a blast for the kids to make. They love spraying their artwork with water and watching the colors soften and blend.

Coffee Filter Butterfly Magnets

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This bright, pretty flower pot is easy enough for kids to make and perfect for holding coffee filter flowers. Or, you could plant a real flower in the pot by adding some potting soil and some seeds.

Recycled Flower Pot with Coffee Filter Flowers

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