It’s so quick and easy to put together these beautiful coffee filter flowers. They can be made in any size and can be used on gift bags, gift tags, or on a wreath! These coffee filter flowers are stuning in white and the paint dipped coffee filter flowers are just as easy.
White coffee filter flower with inked edges
Paint dipped coffee filter flowers
Materials: for inked edge flower
- Round Coffee Filters (white or unbleached)
- Small medal brads (decorative)
- Optional ink pads, large needle, for paint dipped flowers acrylic paints
Gently flatten out your filters, I like use a total of 8 to 12 filters for each flower. Start with 3 to 4 filters and fold in half, then fold in half again, you should have a triangle shade (this will be the first and largest layer).
With your scissors shape the larger end into a half circle petal, this is the first layer of the flower, so when cutting this layer you want to just round the edges. For the middle layer, fold 3 to 4 more filters into the triangle shade, but this time cut a little down into the filter (so this layer will be smaller). For the center layer fold 2 to 3 filters into the triangle, cutting even smaller.
Inking the edges is an option, the flowers are elegant all white. To ink, just run the ink pad over and over the edge until you have the color you want.
Any or all the layers can be inked, the possibilities are endless!
Putting it all together and making the flower: Starting with the center layers unfold and with the tip of the scissors or a large sharp needle gently make a small hole in the center for the brad, push the brad through and do the same for the next two layers, closing the brad when done.
With the brad in the center, with your fingers gently start pulling and squishing each layer starting in the center.
The flower is ready for a gift bag /gift box or make a wreath.
I made smaller flowers for an added touch on the burlap covered foam ring.
Quick, easy and looks beautiful.
It is just as easy to make the paint dipped coffee filter flowers. Remember coffee filters come in different cup sizes, making it so easy for small to large flowers.
Materials: for paint dipped flowers
- coffee filters, white or unbleached
- Acrylic paints ( I’m using burgundy, buttermilk, barn red and copper)
- Optional gloves
You are going to start by coloring the filters in watered down paint. Mix each color or one at a time, in a bowl add about 2 tablespoons of paint and about 1/3 cup of water, mix and test to see if you like the color (add more paint or water if needed). I find it faster to dip 3 to 4 filters at a time, take the filters and place in water-paint mix until they have soaked up color, squeezing out extra water-paint. Gently pull apart and lay on newspaper to dry.
I like adding color to the edges on a few filters to make the flowers have more variation.
While the filter is still wet, gently fold the filter so you can dip just the edges. Unfold and let dry.
I also like to add paint to edges after the filter is dry! Pick a few and follow the steps from the white filter, folding and cutting. Now just dip the cut edge into the paint, open and let dry.
Once all filters are dry, fold and cut to size, and arrange them in the order big to small for each flower. I made all different sizes, some have 4 layers of the filters where some have 6 to 9, it’s up to you!
I like to mix the colors, making sure a few have the paint dipped centers. Push the metal brad in the center and open the brad (I like to use my small scissor to start the hole for the brad). Starting in the center, with your fingers gently squish up to filter, do this to each one until you have your flower.
Glue all the flowers on to a burlap covered foam ring for a wreath!
I love of all the possibilites for color combinations and holidays, celebrations and parties where these easy, unexpected beautiful flowers could be used!
Pick up extra coffee filters and get the kids to help!