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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.

A new technique for making incredibly vibrant and bright coffee filter flowers from Fun at Home with Kids

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

A new technique for making incredibly vibrant and bright coffee filter flowers from Fun at Home with Kids
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So first thing's first.  You need some large white coffee filters.  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.


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 eyedropper, 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!

A new technique for making incredibly vibrant and bright coffee filter flowers from Fun at Home with Kids

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.

A new technique for making incredibly vibrant and bright coffee filter flowers from Fun at Home with Kids

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. :)

A new technique for making incredibly vibrant and bright coffee filter flowers from Fun at Home with Kids

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.

A new technique for making incredibly vibrant and bright coffee filter flowers from Fun at Home with Kids

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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  1. These are gorgeous! A great thing to tide us over until we see the real thing! :)

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  2. I love the bold colours! That's what we need - it is so grey outside in UK now :-)

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    1. Yessss, out with the gray, in with the bright happy spring colors! :)

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  3. We tried this project out today! Not sure ours will be as gorgeous as yours, but we're still getting the hang of liquid watercolors. Now to get some more green pipe colors to finish them off so we can really see how they turned out. I'm definitely in the mood for lots of spring color here, too, so I love that you have ideas like this. I have some spring plans for your crystalizing watercolors, too. :)

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    1. YAY!!!! I'm so glad!!! And awesome - I can't wait to see what you come up with!!! :)

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    2. I'll keep you posted! We really are so glad we found your blog!

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    3. Yay! Me too! I love seeing the photos of your two little guys. :) :) :)

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  4. These are so pretty - thank you! I think your second photo should be turned into a print and framed as modern art.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann! And I totally think that one looks like a painting! Maybe I will! :)

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  5. I love how these turned out. I have got to get my daughter to help me make some of these for her room. She just loves these kind of things!

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    1. Thanks, Steph! I hope she has fun making them! :)

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  6. These are gorgeous! I've never used liquid watercolors on coffee filters and I'm so excited to try it out! :)

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    1. Oh you will love it, Rachel!!!! And thank you!

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  7. These flowers look vibrant and gorgeous. Since the spring is coming, this project seems perfect for me and my kids to have fun and at the same time bring some spring colors to our apartment. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yay! I hope you love them, Cindy! They really do make it feel like Spring! :)

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  8. I'm allergic to flowers and I found that coffee filter flowers are a great alternative to have and inexpensive to make!!!

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    1. Perfect! And they never die, either! :)

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  9. Love this! I featured and linked it in my craft/diy blog in a "Inspired by Watercolor" post. (It should be posted today, if not, it'll be up tomorrow)

    Great Job. I'll have to remember this for Mother's Day!

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    1. That's great as long as you only use one photo and link for the tutorial! Thank you! :)

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  10. What a fantastic idea - I've done a number of different versions of paper flowers but these are very different and creative. I can't wait to give them a try with my kids! Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Pleasantville Mom! :)

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  11. I just advertised for you...my drive through espresso barista saw the bunch of flowers we made for Teacher Appreciation week in my car and asked about them. I let her know where she could find the instructions! I will try to send you a photo, Thanks!

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    1. Hahahaha - that is SO awesome, Margaret! Thank you!!!! And I would love to see a photo! :)

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  12. Love it! Beautiful and simple enough for us "artistically challenged!"

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