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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

Here’s what you will need:

Large coffee filters
watercolors
paint brush
floral wire
floral tape
scissors

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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

Once your cut has been made, unfold the coffee filter and place it on a plate or dish. Then, paint!

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

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.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

The final step is to fluff up your flowers!

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

These flowers will make any gift feel personal and special. They would be the perfect complement to a set of gardening tools or a piece of jewelry.

Painted Coffee Filter Flowers | Inspired by Charm for RedEnvelope

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.