Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and with Mom on my mind, I thought I’d share a quick and easy DIY to help make Mother’s Day even more personal. As you may have noticed, making paper flowers has become the new trendy craft. I’m going to show you how to easily create a flower from coffee filters.
What I love about these blooms is that they are multipurpose. You can use them as the finishing touch on your gift wrapping. You could also tuck a couple in a vase, or simply present them to your mom as a thank you for all her awesomeness. However you decide to use them, you’ll find that this simple craft is a fun way to involve the kids, too.
Here’s what you will need:
Large coffee filters
Begin by flattening two coffee filters and laying one on top of the other Then fold them in half, fold them in half again, then again, and then one final time. That’s four folds. Your coffee filter should look like this.
Now, with your scissors cut out an arch or a point similar to a flower petal. This can be whatever shape you like; just be consistent with each flower.
Once your cut has been made, unfold the coffee filter and place it on a plate or dish. Then, paint!
I used a set of children’s water colors, but you can certainly use liquid water colors or even food coloring. Just be sure the paint is thin so the coffee filter will soak up the color. Have fun with your colors. You know what works best for you.
Once painted, pull the two filters apart and set them on a rag to dry.
For each flower, you’ll need 4 – 6 painted coffee filters. The more filters, the fuller the flower. Begin by gathering up the coffee filter near the center and wrapping it with floral tape.
Then, take your floral wire with 1/4 inch of the tip bent and tape this to the first filter. Bending the tip of the floral wire will ensure that it doesn’t slide out.
Continue working around the flower adding more coffee filters and floral tape. Once all of the filters have been added, continue wrapping the floral tape around the wire until it’s covered.
The final step is to fluff up your flowers!
Do you think you’ll give these Painted Coffee Filter Flowers a try? What color would you make?
Michael Wurm, Jr. is a designer and Lifestyle Blogger. On his blog, Inspired by Charm, Michael shares his love and tips for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide the tools and inspiration for everyone to live a happy, colorful life.