I love flowers for spring, and these pretty coffee filter flowers for kids are perfect to make for Mother's Day!
Instead of using tissue paper this time, we used coffee filters to make these flowers, which opened up a lot of fun to color them!
Colored Coffee Filter Flowers for Kids to Make
I really only intended this to be for Henry, but George hopped right up in his chair. So I got him setup to try it, too.
I put in a little bit of water with food coloring in the three primary colors into several ice cube trays. My goal was to invite color mixing as part of this art project.
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I handed the boys some paintbrushes and coffee filters and let them go at it. I happily painted some coffee filters along with them.
George amazingly did a couple coffee filters with the paintbrush! I was thrilled!
Henry was very slowly working on just one coffee filter, trying his best to make green. Just making lots of spots of yellow and green all over his coffee filter.
In the meantime, George found a new method to dye his coffee filters. And this spurred a lot of enthusiasm for the boys.
George crunched up his coffee filter and shoved it into one of the ice cube sections of colored water. And pulled it out.
Ta da! Completely dyed!
Henry took off doing this as well, mixing his colors. First dipping his coffee filter in blue, and then in yellow. Of course, that makes green!
Next up, was red and then blue. I asked the boys to make an educated guess about what new color they would make.
Purple, of course!
This new method that George discovered sped up the coffee filter painting process dramatically!
The boys dyed coffee filter after coffee filter until I had no more coffee filters. I ended up digging to the very, very back of my craft supply closet!
We laid the wet dyed coffee filters out on paper towels for a day or so to dry. They might have been okay the next morning but I didn’t want to chance it.
Create Beautiful Coffee Filter Flower Bouquets
Once everything was dry, we made flowers out of them, using pipe cleaners, that I got from CraftProjectIdeas, as stems.
There’s not really just one method to make a coffee filter flower. Feel free to play around and do what works best for you.
I grabbed the middle of the coffee filter and kind of twisted. Then with the middle in a point, I tightly wrapped a pipe cleaner around to secure it in place.
I tried to get the boys -mainly Henry – involved in this process but he just wasn’t grasping it. So I did all the flower making, while Henry and George picked out each flower’s stem.
Once the pipe cleaner was on, I messed with the flowers to make them look more like real flowers, puffing them up here and there.
Henry has been very clear about who gets what flowers. He sorted them out into bouquets and popped them into our DIY yarn wrapped vases.
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I told you we did quite a few!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!