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.
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 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!
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.
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. :)
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.
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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These are gorgeous! A great thing to tide us over until we see the real thing! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Emma!!!!! :)Delete
i am totally agree with you!Delete
I love the bold colours! That's what we need - it is so grey outside in UK now :-)ReplyDelete
Yessss, out with the gray, in with the bright happy spring colors! :)Delete
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. :)ReplyDelete
YAY!!!! I'm so glad!!! And awesome - I can't wait to see what you come up with!!! :)Delete
I'll keep you posted! We really are so glad we found your blog!Delete
Yay! Me too! I love seeing the photos of your two little guys. :) :) :)Delete
These are so pretty - thank you! I think your second photo should be turned into a print and framed as modern art.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Ann! And I totally think that one looks like a painting! Maybe I will! :)Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Steph! I hope she has fun making them! :)Delete
These are gorgeous! I've never used liquid watercolors on coffee filters and I'm so excited to try it out! :)ReplyDelete
Oh you will love it, Rachel!!!! And thank you!Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you love them, Cindy! They really do make it feel like Spring! :)Delete
I'm allergic to flowers and I found that coffee filter flowers are a great alternative to have and inexpensive to make!!!ReplyDelete
Perfect! And they never die, either! :)Delete
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)ReplyDelete
Great Job. I'll have to remember this for Mother's Day!
That's great as long as you only use one photo and link for the tutorial! Thank you! :)Delete
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 :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Pleasantville Mom! :)Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Hahahaha - that is SO awesome, Margaret! Thank you!!!! And I would love to see a photo! :)Delete
Love it! Beautiful and simple enough for us "artistically challenged!"ReplyDelete
Hahahaha! Perfect, Kathy!Delete
Wow, they are so pretty. what a fantastic project and not just for the kids either!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Julia! And for sure!! ;)Delete
My K students painted coffee filters today. Now that I'm home I wanted to practice cutting them out and the only scissors I could find (because the rest are at school!) were pinking shears. I went ahead and cut and the zigzag pattern on the edges adds even more texture to these gorgeous flowers! A happy accident!!! Who knew!!ReplyDelete
Oh awesome! I bet they are gorgeous!!! :)Delete
What to do with a 4 year old on a sick day? This! The suggestion of less is more really does help to keep the colors bright (although my daughter did not want to heed my advice as she was "doing a style"). No pipe cleaners so we strung them on bakery string to make a garland for her room. They're gorgeous!ReplyDelete
HAHAHAHA I love "doing a style". What a cutie. Hope she's feeling better and LOVE the idea of a garland - perfection!!!Delete
I did this project with my 6-7 grade girls class at church. We added ribbon to the vases and a couple of the girls used paint pens to write on their vases. Turned out good! The girls had a lot of fun making these for their Mom's. Thanks for the idea!!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful idea for a Mother's Day project! So glad to hear it went well!!! :)Delete
beautiful post! great idea...thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! :)Delete
i like these flowers very very very much!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! :)Delete
I love coffee filter projects, they are so much fun. Mine never look as lovely as this though! It's beautiful!ReplyDelete
I included it in a post I did with my favorite rainbow crafts, DIY projects and recipes! I'd love for you to take a peek and share if you think you're audience would be interested in it.
Thank you for including me! :)Delete
I used a hair dryer and dried ours in about ten seconds.ReplyDelete
Very beautiful flowerReplyDelete
My daughter is very very love it
Thank you! :)Delete
OMG... This is so awesome... thank you so muchReplyDelete