A couple of months ago my friend Jennifer taught a group of women from church how to make DIY coffee filter flowers. After a few false starts, everyone was able to get the hang of it pretty quickly. The best part is every flower looks different but equally beautiful.
I don’t post a lot of crafts. First, I’m a minimalist which means I like to keep a lot of knick-knacks around. Second, I prefer beauty DIY’s because I have more flexibility to be creative, instead of following instructions to a T.
What I love about these flowers is that I can use them for myself to make a wreath, or give them away to others on top of gifts and make their day even more special. Oh, and if you like REAL peonies, check out this post from Kristen at Shifting Roots who writes about 5 Easy to Make Peony Floral Arrangements.
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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers are Pretty Simple
We ended up making these gorgeous wreaths with our flowers. (Photo below) Everyone’s wreath turned out beautiful and unique. Speaking of pretty simple the flowers themselves are actually VERY simple to make and can be whipped up in just a couple of minutes.
How to Make DIY Coffee Filter Flowers
What You Need:
STEP 1: Fill a bowl with 2-4 cups of water and add a drop or two of food coloring to the bowl.
Note: Experiment with colors. Most people have found that a few drops of red will create the best pinks.
Step 2: Submerge coffee filter in a bowl, leave in for a few seconds.
Note: You can dye up to 10 coffee filters at a time to save YOUR time!
Step 3: Take your filters out and squeeze excess water. Lay flat on paper towels on cookie sheets and dry overnight.
Step 4: Take three of the same colored filters, fold in half, and fold in half again.
Step 5: Cut a scalloped edge around the outside to create the petal look
Step 6: Cut off the inside corner in a semi-circle, scalloped shape. (Do not throw these out!)
Step 8: Open Up your circles and cut open anywhere to create a C shape.
Step 9: Lay out a long piece of tape on a table, sticky side up.
Step 10: Open up the “inside” of the coffee filter piece and twist to create a flower bud.
Step 11. Tape pinched side to the masking tape at around 1/3 at the top.
Step 13: Repeat with the other two inside circles.
Step 14: Now take your three “Cs” and start taping them in a ribbon-like shape next to the buds, outside facing up. Tape each C next to each other. Make sure to leave enough open tape at the bottom to roll-up your flower.
Step 15: Now roll-up your flower! You can experiment with HOW you roll and see how it changes the look of the flower.
TIPS: Use just three coffee filters for a small rose, six for a large rose and 9 for a peony. When rolling the large rose or peony, keep the rolling loose to make a bigger flower. Make sure to experiment. I liked to place a darker pink first on the tape, and a lighter pink on the outside to make a peony. You could even use yellow on the inside. Just have fun trying different things out.
Step 16: To make a wreath just hot glue gun the flowers around a wreath as desired. You can put as few or as many as you want on it – both will look beautiful!
You can also use the flowers as… Gift Toppers