Monday, April 23, 2012

Coffee Filter Flowers for Kids [CFC #49]

Coffe Filter Flower Punch Hi Card

Coffee filters make the best material for flowers, and are so quick and easy to do with kids of almost any age.

Coffee Filter Flower Step by Step Instructions 3

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:

Coffe Filter Flower Punch Hi Card

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:

Coffe Filter Purple Flower Mothers Day Card

A few of the flowers are on pop dots to give it more dimension.

Coffe Filter Flower Punch Hi Card_edited-1

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.

Coffee Filter 3D Layered Flower Gift Card_web 2

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!

Supplies used:
McGill flower punch
Provo Craft garage sale letter dies
PTI dress form sentiment stamp
coffee filters

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  1. Such fun flowers Kelly, great to do with kids. Love your cards.

  2. What a great idea with the filters, such a gorgeous card, great colors!

  3. Love this-it truly is a treasure! Can hardly wait to go color and spritz some coffee filters. thanks!!!

  4. AWESOME!!!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  5. Very creative! Love both cards :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

  6. Hi Kelly

    I'm the Acting Deputy Editor on Papercraft Inspirations magazine, which is Britain's best-selling papercraft and card-making magazine with over 33,000 readers each month, including a growing number overseas.

    In each issue of the magazine I put together a two-page gallery of wonderful, inspirational cards that I've spotted on blogs from around the world, and in our July 2012 issue I'd love to feature your coffee filter flower card which I think is just fab! Would you like the card to be featured in our magazine?

    As well as writing about your card and giving your blog address, we would also put a link to your own blog from our website. Our website is The magazine itself would go on sale in the UK on 6 June and overseas at the end of July.

    All I would need from you is confirmation that you'd like your card to be featured, and a high resolution jpg image of the card which is suitable for print quality - this can simply be sent as an attachment to an email, and the photo you posted on your blog will almost certainly be ideal. The image would need to be without a watermark as we can't print those in the magazine.

    I look forward very much to hearing from you and hope that we'll be able to showcase your wonderful card to inspire our card-makers!

    Very best wishes

    Helen Self
    Acting Deputy Editor
    Papercraft Inspirations magazine

  7. Fab idea! Love the little blossom on the last card - too cute!


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