Coffee filters are versatile for a variety of craft projects. This guide is about crafts using coffee filters.
Approximate Time: 15 minutes per flower
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
Easy 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.
By Jayme from Harrisonburg, VA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Try here, lots of really cute coffee filter crafts, many geared towards the ages of your mini-crafters:)
Thanks frugalsunnie I will definitely check out that website!
Besides crafts you can also still use them for other purposes. If they're the bowl type they're great as a hot dog in a bun or taco holder. Place one in between each of your good dishes to help protect them from scratches or to wrap individual fragile christmas decorations.
If they are the cone type you can also use them to wrap christmas decorations. They are great to hold snacks such as popcorn or chips or use as a funnel by cutting off the tip.
One more thing, whichever type filter they are, is to put a few drops of your favorite essential oil or fabric softener on them and use as dryer sheets.
I used coffee filters and made flower arrangements for the tables at a reunion. They went over really well. This is one pic. I've done other colors too. So much fun to do and very easy. Fold and cut the filters, color them and dry them (this take a little time and then attach to sticks or straws and arrange).
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.
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
maybe spray it with starch? or like she said hairspray ought to work too! (smiles)
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?