Coffee Filter Flowers
Just looking at these paper flowers, would you believe they are made out of coffee filters? I would never have guessed but it's true! They look like they would be labor intensive and complicated to make but they are actually quick and easy! Keep reading to see my step by step tutorial along with photos of the entire process!
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You may already have the supplies sitting at home. All you need is coffee filters, food coloring and water. That's it!
Step 2: Color the Water. Put 2-4 cups of water into a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring until you reach your desired color. The color in the bowl may not be an accurate representation of the color that coffee filter paper absorbs so test it out as you go. The coffee filter paper tends to absorb the color from the water more than it absorbs the water so you may need to add more food coloring partway through the process. The amount of water you use depends on how many flowers you plan on making. If you are only making a few flowers, 2 cups is enough. If you are making a larger quantity, 4 cups would be better.
Step 3: Dip the Coffee Filter. (You may want to wear gloves for this so that your fingers don't end up being dyed.) Take a single coffee filter and dip it in the water so that it is completely submerged and wet. Let the filter soak for 10-20 seconds. The longer you let it soak, the more color it will absorb. If you want a light color, soak it for 10 seconds or less. If you want a darker color, soak it for 20 seconds or longer. There is a point where it doesn't absorb any more color. Because of this, you can actually soak several filters at the same time. Just be sure that you separate them first. Once they are wet, they are harder to take apart.
Step 4: Squeeze Out Excess Water. Remove the coffee filter from the tinted water and squeeze out the excess moisture.
Step 5: Reshape the Coffee Filter. Once the excess water is squeezed out of the coffee filter, carefully unfold it and reshape it to a circle. It is ok if it is a bit wrinkly. That only adds to the look in the end.
Step 6: Dry the Coffee Filter. You can use a blow dryer and dry each filter individually. You can lay the coffee filters on a non porous surface and allow them to air dry. You can hang them on a line or a drying rack. However you do it, let your coffee filters dry.
Step 7: Stack and Staple the Coffee Filters. Once the filters are dry, stack 6-8 of them and staple them in the center so that the staples make an X.
Step 7 Continued: You will not see the staples so it doesn't matter if the X is perfect or not. The X (as opposed to a single staple) gives extra strength in the center so that the paper doesn't tear away from the staples when you are shaping the flower.
Step 8: Scrunch Up the Coffee Filters. Starting with the top coffee filter, scrunch it up so that it is wrinkled and condensed in the center of the stack. Next, scrunch up the second layer around the first layer. I made the first layer purple so that you could differentiate the first layer from the second in the above picture.
Step 8 Continued: Continue scrunching one layer at a time until you have all of the layers scrunched together.
Step 9: Shape the Flower. Starting with the outside layer, peel open the flower and smooth out any edges that might have been folded under. Repeat the process with each of the layers, working toward the middle, until your flower is open and in full bloom. Continue to work the paper until the flower is the shape that you want.
Once you have made multiple flowers you can set them on a table, fill a bowl, string them together to make a garland, adhere them to a picture or sign, or use them however you want! They are a beautiful decoration for any occasion!
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