Coffee Filter Flowers! Great for Valentine's Day and Spring!

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Introduction: Coffee Filter Flowers! Great for Valentine's Day and Spring!

About: Hi! My name is Natalie! I have an awesome husband that lets me be a Play-at-home mom of 3! We homeschool and do projects daily! Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesomeness!

Coffee Filter Flowers tutorial.

If you haven't made these yet...you should!
You will love them!
If you have made these before...you should do it again!  :)

They turn out so big and beautiful!
In any color you pick!

These would make the most beautiful Valentine bouquet or decoration!

Step 1: Supplies

To start...you'll need coffee filters.  Coffee filters are magical absorbent paper bowls.

This pack of 100 made 16 flowers for me and cost less than $1.
(you use 6 filters per flower)

Food coloring
Water
Shallow dish

Later on, you'll need:

Stapler
Tape
Scissors
Green Pipe cleaners (optional)

Step 2: Dye the Filters!

Put some water in the dish...about 1/4 cup or so...I didn't measure--it's not science.
add some food coloring...a few drops.
The more color, the more vibrant the filters will look. 
If you want a more muted flower, just add a little.
You could dye your filters with tea for a shabby chic heirloom flower!

Stack about 6-10 filters, fold them up and hold the center.
Dip in the colored water...let the water start to absorb into the filter.
About half way or so...
Then open up and lay the stack on some wax paper or a tray...or just the counter.
Repeat for the rest of the 100 filters.

Let them dry completely.
I kept them out overnight.

Once they are dry, they easily separate into individual filters.

Ready for crafting!
The color lightens up just a bit...but it still stays pretty vibrant.
Let's Make Flowers!

Step 3: Cut the Flowers!

You will need scissors, stapler/staples, washi or
masking tape, green pipe cleaners.
Start with 6 filters.  Each flower will use 6 filters.
Make a stack of 3 filters and fold them in half...repeat.
Fold in half again.

Cut a scallop edge across the top curve.
(you can experiment with different cut edges to make a variety of different flower looks)

Cut the second set of 3 a little bit smaller than the first.

Then open them up.  3 larger then the 3 smaller on top.

Step 4: Assemble the Flowers!

Fold in the center and pinch all 6 layers in the center...
with the small flowers on the inside.
Pinch the center into a point.

Staple the center point, this will keep all 6 layers together.

Open up the center, kind of laying it flat.
Now simply separate the 6 layers, starting with the center one.

Now, each layer after that.  Fluffing it up into the center.
Until the full flower is fluffed!

Essentially, you could stop there...but let's take it to the next level.

Step 5: Tape and Stems!

Now the backside looks tightly pinched.
Take some washi or masking tape and tape around it.
I used washi tape because it's cute!
Wrap it around the stub once.
Or staple on a pipe cleaner first...Then wrap and cover with washi tape.

Now you can give a bouquet of them to a loved one...

Step 6: Decorate!

These flowers are fabulous!
They would make an impressive Valentine's day delivery with some chocolates!
They would look stunning in a vase,
Great for a centerpiece,
Could be stapled on twine for a garland
Hot glued to a wreath form for a Spring wreath!

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine/Spring Flower idea!
It's so simple and inexpensive, yet packs a great big statement!

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    17 Comments

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    JoyJayKai
    JoyJayKai

    4 years ago

    These are so cool! I used to make things similar to this when I was younger. Except I was boring and did one color on the flower! These are so cool!

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    MidwestCook
    MidwestCook

    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this pretty and simple design. I have two sizes of coffeemakers so I keep two sizes of filters on hand. I believe I'll start with the small ones.

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    peggieprillaman
    peggieprillaman

    5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing,I love the way they turned out going to make some this week-end.Yours turned out beautiful..I hope mine does as well.

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    lizorama
    lizorama

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I wanted smaller flowers so I used cupcake baking cups! I'm looking forward to dyeing them (haven't tried yet, but I'm sure it will be different as I don't think they're nearly as absorbent). Here's the bouquet I made:

    http://makeamazingcontest.scotchbrand.com/EntryDetailsvoting.aspx?EntryID=135&voteid=8&votechoiceid=46

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    ssmith155
    ssmith155

    7 years ago

    This is adorable

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    fritz-cy
    fritz-cy

    7 years ago

    I really Like how easy and cute it is. I made one the next day is not the best but here's a picture of it!

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    doodlecraft
    doodlecraft

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    These both look great! I love how soft and big they turned out! There are so many varieties...I need to make a million more! Thanks for sharing, wish I had a patch to give you! Make sure to click the "I Made it!" button at the top by the voting thing! Awesome job! :)

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    fritz-cy
    fritz-cy

    7 years ago

    ... I just made another one this is it.

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    anguspodgorney
    anguspodgorney

    7 years ago

    Going to make these with my grand daughter

    They look so beautiful :), thank you so much for sharing. I love the colors you chose.