Vibrantly Colored Coffee Filter Flowers (2024)

If there's one thing we can't get enough of around here, it's COLOR. Well, that and liquid watercolors, but those two kind of go hand in hand. As you know, Seattle has some dreary and gray winters. To bring the feeling of spring to our house, S and I decided to work together to figure out how to make the brightest and most vibrant coffee filter flowers we could.

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They are sooooo pretty. I stare at them a lot.

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So first thing's first. You need some large white coffee filtersVibrantly Colored Coffee Filter Flowers (3). Flatten them out, then, laying two on top of each other, fold them in half, then fold in half again, and once more, and finally one last time. That's a total of four times where you fold it in half. It should look like the coffee filter on the left. Now about 1/3 of the way down, cut an arch like you see on the left. Once you've cut all the way through, carefully unfold the coffee filter until they are again laying flat (directly on top of one another). Carefully cut down the folded lines about 2/3 of the way toward the center. This will give your petals more movement.

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After you've cut along the lines to give the petals a bit more separation, lay your double-thick coffee filter flower flat in a tray or dish. Using an eyedropperVibrantly Colored Coffee Filter Flowers (5), have your child add the smallest number of drops of liquid watercolor possible to completely color the flower (note: if you do not have liquid watercolors, you can use slightly diluted food coloring in its place). Adding too much color will decrease the brightness. S and I discovered that just two well placed drops were enough to color each petal. It is so fun to watch the colors mix and swirl when they meet!

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When you're done, there should be very little overflow of color into the tray, as you can see here. Carefully transfer the completed flower to something that is resistant to absorption - a plastic tray, or a plastic wrap covered tray. Placing them on something like a paper towel will again decrease the brightness.

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Allow them to fully dry (3-4 hours at least), then carefully separate the two coffee filters from each other. Gather one up, adding a small crimp/twist to hold it together as you see on the left. Then fluff the petals a bit as you see on the right. Next take the second duplicate filter and wrap it around the outside of your first. I rotated the copy flower so that the patterns were offset. I also added a dab of glue at the base between the two flowers to hold them together. Because I'm impatient, I used hot glue, but if you are a patient person, you can use regular glue and just wait for it to dry before attaching stems. :)

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Using hot glue, I attached the base of each flower to a green pipecleaner and then placed them in a salt filled vase from the Dollar Tree. :) You can use marbles or whatever you would like as a vase filler - I just loved the contrast between the white salt and the colorful flowers.

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Thanks to our beautiful flowers, it's been feeling like spring in our house for weeks now! Now if only the weather would get the hint....

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Vibrantly Colored Coffee Filter Flowers (2024)


How can I dye coffee filters? ›

You will need about 1 quart of water per color. Then drop 5 to 10 drops of acrylic paint in the color of your choice into the water. The brighter you want to the color of the coffee filters, the more drops you will put. Stir well (I used a plastic knife to stir in the paint.)

How do you make a rainbow coffee filter? ›

Coffee Filter Rainbow Activity
  1. Gather your supplies. ...
  2. Color your coffee filter with markers in a circle or pattern. ...
  3. Place your coffee filter on wax paper or a baking sheet and mist with spray bottle. ...
  4. Once dry, cut your coffee filter in half to create two rainbow shapes.
  5. Cut out a cloud shape from construction paper.

Can I dye coffee filters with food coloring? ›

You can use either RIT dye or food coloring to dye coffee filters and since I only had red food coloring and blue RIT, that is what I did. The method for dying the coffee filters with each was exactly the same, but I found that the RIT dye gave a darker color quicker, so keep that in mind.

How do you dye a coffee filter pink? ›

Wearing rubber gloves, add 1 cap full of well-shaken Fuchsia dye into dyebath; stir well. Test dye color on one coffee filter. If color is too light, add more dye; if it's too dark; add more water. Immerse coffee filters into the dyebath for a few seconds while they absorb the dye.

How do you use Rit dye for coffee filters? ›

For our bright filters, we mixed 1/3 cup of dye with 1 quart of water. To dye the filters, simply grab a stack and dip them into your dyebath for a few seconds until they absorb as much dye as you want. Remove filters from the dyebath and allow to drain for 1 hour.

How long does coffee dye last? ›

How long does coffee last on hair? Coffee usually stays for 7-10 days. If you wash it frequently it won't last long. Moreover, while applying if it is kept for a longer time, the color might stay for a few days more.

Can you spray paint coffee filters? ›

Most tutorials tell you to dip filters into watered down paint. But spraying makes this project fast and far less messy.

How do you make a Garland coffee filter? ›

Neither had we, until we came across this nifty little project idea from 31 Bits. Quite simply, you get a bunch of coffee filters, fill a spray bottle with water and food dye, spray the coffee filters, let them dry, then string them together with a length of yarn.

What crafts can you make with coffee filters? ›

Try making a few of these amazing crafts with coffee filters and a few other simple supplies:
  • Bat.
  • Peaco*ck.
  • Butterfly.
  • Sunflower.
  • Pumpkin.
  • Hot air balloon.
  • Solar system.
  • Flowers.
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How do you change the color of cut flowers? ›

Use about 20 to 30 drops of food coloring per half-cup of warm water. Warm water will be taken up more readily than cold water. Set the damp stem of the flower in the colored water. The petals should become colored after a few hours.

How do they make Coloured flowers? ›

Absorption Dyes

Freshly cut stems rest in the colored water, and, after a few hours of drinking, the flowers display different colors. Designers control the dye results by adjusting the time the flower spends in the water. For example, a deeper purple can be achieved by leaving the flowers in dyed water overnight.


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