Here is a beautiful and easy coffee filter leaves craft to do with your kids at home this colorful fall season.
I love the autumn colors here in Iowa!
The reds, yellows, and oranges of fall are so beautiful.
But they only last for a short period of time.
So, I had an idea to bring the beautiful colors inside with another autumn-colored leaf craft.
Somehow, I have managed to accumulate a lot of coffee filters (even though I don’t drink coffee)!
Does that happen to anyone else?
Well, those coffee filters were perfect to create a craft like this!
Materials for Coffee Filter Autumn Leaves
These are the materials we used to create our DIY coffee filter fall leaves.
- Coffee filters (of course!)
- A spray bottle with water
- A small bowl of water
- Table cover
- Wax paper
- Leaf template (free PDF link)
- Pen or marker
How to Make Coffee Filter Autumn Leaves Craft at Home
We first set a coffee filter on wax paper.
Then, my daughter sprayed water on the entire coffee filter until it was slightly damp.
Next, she dipped the paintbrush in water before dipping it in the watercolors.
After that, she painted the coffee filter using the paintbrush and watercolors.
She chose to use green first.
My other daughter followed the same steps, but she chose to use orange, red, and yellow paint on her coffee filter.
When they finished painting the coffee filters, we moved them to another large piece of wax paper to dry.
If you don’t have watercolours to paint with you can easily colour with washable markers on dry coffee filters and then spray after to let the colors blend.
They each painted art on three coffee filters.
A couple of them weren’t quite the colors of fall leaves, but that’s okay!
Her coffee filters were going to make just as great leaves as any!
While the coffee filters were drying, I printed this free leaf template PDF on cardstock.
I’m not sure how long it took for the coffee filters to dry, but it didn’t seem very long.
I could have had my daughters cut the leaves from the free printable, but I did it myself since it was being used as a template.
Then, we positioned the leaves on a dry coffee filter.
After that, I traced the leaves onto the coffee filter.
An older sibling could definitely help with this part too!
Then, I let my daughters cut out each leaf on the coffee filters.
If your preschoolers are just starting to learn cutting skills then a coffee filter may be tricky to cut.
Simply try holding it tight for them to make it easy for them.
We repeated this until all of the painted coffee filters were used.
Finally, we arranged and taped the beautifully painted coffee filter leaves to a window.
I especially liked how they looked when the sun was shining through!