Coffee filter flowers are not only super easy to make, they are a fun, creative way to add some homemade elements to your wedding day or bridal shower decor. You can purchase a box of 250+ coffee filters for less than $2.00, making this craft perfect for any budget. You only need a few materials and the instructions below and you will have a fun afternoon of crafting at your fingertips!
Materials You Need:
- Several coffee filters (each flower will use 6)
- Food coloring and a few shallow bowls for dying
- Green pipe cleaners
- Hot glue gun
- Floral or masking tape
The first step is to dye the coffee filters. Use the shallow bowls and fill then with water and then add the food coloring one drop at a time. Experiment with the colors. You can make them as dark or pastel as you like. Once you get the color the way that you want it, just dunk several of the coffee filters into the colored water and let them soak. You can dye more than one filter at a time, just make sure that the pile of filters soaks thoroughly. Once they are soaked to a color of your liking, squeeze the extra liquid out and separate the filters on a cooling rack. If you are not patient enough to let them air dry, you can put them in the microwave or in the oven on a low temperature to make them dry faster.
Here is an example. To get the peach tones, start with 2 cups of water and 1 drop of red food coloring. Then, add yellow and pink and experiment to get the exact color that you want. Mixing different tones and colors of filters in each flower will give a natural look.
Time to make the flowers!
- Take 3 filters and fold them into quarters. Cut scallops around the edges to add dimension. Repeat this with 3 more filters. Remember that each flower uses a total of 6.
- Stack all 6 of the filters in the order that you want the colors to show. Now, scrunch the bottom up as shown in the top left photo below.
- Take the pipe cleaner and staple it with about 1.5 inches poking up above the stapler. (see photo above)
- Wrap the pipe cleaner around the bottom of the flower to help stabilize it.
- Open up the flower as much as you can. It won’t lay flat but you’ll need to know where the center is.
- Take the top layer and scrunch it up tight, squeezing the bottom of your flower (see below).
- Continue scrunching each layer one at a time.
- As shown in the bottom right photo, start wrapping the bottom of the flower with about 18 inches of floral tape. Tack with a bit of hot glue if you need it.
- Wrap the pipe cleaner about 2 inches down with the floral tape, just enough for stability.
- Choose your favorite flowers and make a bouquet by bundling them together.
- Take one of the pipe cleaners and wrap tightly going up the stems to hold the top of your bouquet.
- Now take another pipe cleaner and continue wrapping until you get to the bottom of your stems.
And DONE! Your flowers are created and you can continue making more beautiful bouquets!