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Making Coffee Filter Flowers

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Dyed coffee filters can be made into pretty decorative flowers. This is a guide about making coffee filter flowers.


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By 3 found this helpful
April 9, 2009

Coffee filter flowers colored with bingo dabblers.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes per flower



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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Rebecca Lanham0 found this helpful
April 2, 2006

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.

Items Needed:


  1. Flatten coffee filter.
  2. Glue as many petals around the coffee filter as needed.
  3. Put a large circle of glue in the center of the filter still showing.
  4. Stick toilet paper ring filled with cotton balls on the circle of glue.

Children can use as few or as many flower petals as they like. You can make the petals all one color or a rainbow of hues. Put them on your wall or bulletin board for a whole garden!


A very simple craft for even the youngest child.

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May 7, 2008

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.

Approximate Time 30 minutes



To make the flower pot, paint cup yellow using acrylic paint, and allow to dry completely. Glue buttons around the rim of the cup and let dry. Place small piece of floral foam inside the cup to insert the flowers. To make flowers, place newspaper on your work surface to protect it. Flatter each coffee filter, and paint with watercolors. Use whatever combination of colors you like. I used two colors for each flower. Allow filters to dry completely or use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.

Cut about 2 inches off the end of each chenille and set both pieces aside. There are several different ways to make your flowers. You can fringe the ends by cutting thin strips around the filter edge. You can cut thicker strips to make larger petals, or don't cut the filter at all to make it resemble a rose. Insert the large piece of chenille stem into the center of the coffee filter about 1 1/2 inches.

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 stem. 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 out, as desired. Insert the stems into the floral foam. You could cover the foam with moss or shredded green paper to resemble grass.

By Mom of 1 from Wilkesboro, NC

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By 1 found this helpful
May 10, 2007

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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May 11, 20070 found this helpful
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January 14, 20130 found this helpful
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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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