Coffee filters make the best material for flowers, and are so quick and easy to do with kids of almost any age.
You'll want to cover your table or set this up outside. Gather several coffee filters, markers and a spray bottle. I found you can give the kids 2 or 3 coffee filters at a time, have them color the first layer, and when it's sprayed the colors will bleed to the rest of the filters in the stack. Good for younger kids whose attention span might only last for one round! My 4 year-old boy had fun for over an hour on this project. There is a little waiting involved after you spray the filters for it to dry ... otherwise the punch would tear the paper. Just have them work on another round of coloring and then your first set should be dry.
Another tip: the more they color, the richer the color saturation on the coffee filter, and the more time you have to get something else accomplished : ) Our first round of filters didn't have a lot of coloring (my son couldn't WAIT to use the spray bottle) so we ended up doing this again with marker covering most of the filter before spraying.
This would be a great project to do with a group of kids at a play date, or for a birthday party craft. No skill involved, quick and easy to do, and a $2 pack of filters will last you a lifetime.
Anyway, back to the card.
It's based on the CFC #49 sketch:
Your child could glue stick the flowers to the base for a card completely made by them. Would be great for a card to Grandma, especially for Mother's Day coming up. Just change the sentiment:
A few of the flowers are on pop dots to give it more dimension.
There's so much you could do with these coffee filter flowers. Cover a ball to make a party decoration, attach to a stem to stick in a vase, string to make a garland, cover a frame, I'm sure there are hundreds more ideas.
Here's a flower made from stacking four layers of flowers, attaching in the center with a brad, then crumpling the layers in the center.
Well, thanks for looking. I hope you give these a try, regardless if you have a child-artist at home or it's just you playing!
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