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Easy Winter Crafts- Coffee Filter Snowflake Tutorial

Updated on December 31, 2012
pretty snowflakes from coffee filters
pretty snowflakes from coffee filters | Source

Learn how to make pretty snowflakes out of coffee filters. This is my kind of craft- quick, simple, inexpensive and fun! I was thinking about some way to do snowflakes out of something besides just paper and decided to give a coffee filter a try to I really like how it turned out. I like how they are a little more sheer than paper. This is a suitable craft for both kids and adults. You can make the snowflakes as simple or intricate as you like. Needing a few ideas about what to do with your finished snowflakes? Here are a few:

  • Hang them in your windows
  • String them together to make a garland
  • Cut different sizes of them and make a snowflake curtain like this one here
  • Scatter them down the center of the dinner table for decoration
  • Use fishing line and hang them from a chandelier or the ceiling
  • Use them to decorate the Christmas tree
  • Use them for backgrounds in scrapbook layouts
  • Use as stencils

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What You Need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors





Step 1- Fold It

Flatten out the coffee filter and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again, then again and then one more time. You will fold it 4 times total. You will be left with a little wedge.

Fold in half
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Fold the half in half
Fold the half in half
Fold in half again
Fold in half again
You should end up with a small wedge
You should end up with a small wedge

Step 2- Cut It

Cut the design by making cuts into each side of the wedge. You can cut out all kinds of shapes and designs. Do a search online for snowflake templates, there are lots of them out there. Experiment and have fun with it.. no two will look exactly alike and you will be surprised the beautiful looking snowflakes you can end up with!

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Step 3- Unfold

After cutting, carefully unfold and watch as your gorgeous snowflake appears!

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Enjoy your pretty snowflake!
Enjoy your pretty snowflake!
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Tips and Ideas

  • If your filters are too wrinkly, you could try ironing it. It may also help to iron the wedge after you have folded it for more accurate cutting as well.
  • If you feel like the coffee filter is too flimsy, try gluing two together with adhesive spray to make it a bit stiffer before cutting the flake.
  • You can also try hairspray, ironing starch etc. to stiffen them... Ya never know. It might work!
  • Add some shimmer by spraying or sprinkling them with glitter or shimmer mist.
  • If you want them colored you could paint them with watercolors, watered down acrylics or alcohol inks.


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What I did with my snowflakes...

snowflakes hanging from chandelier
snowflakes hanging from chandelier | Source
snowflake garland
snowflake garland

More Snowflakes....

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Thank you for dropping by. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and hopefully I have inspired you to make one or a few coffee filter snowflakes. Happy Crafting!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Londonlady- Thank you so much!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Suzanne Day- I'm so glad you found this useful..I'm hoping to get back started on doing some tutorials soon... Thank you so much for dropping by!!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      janshares- Thank you so much :) I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial!!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Paradise7- Thank you so much!

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      ShyeAnne- Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it :)

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      Laura Writes 3 years ago

      Ooo, these are beautiful. I love making snowflake crafts. I will try some of these out

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Brilliant hub, and it looks like a definite no-mess 5 minute project! Am going to make these with my kids. Voted up, shared and pinned. More please!!!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi jamie, love this tutorial on making snowflakes. I've been making these from as far back as I can remember. I loved making them with kids during counseling sessions around the holidays. Thanks for the good reminder of how fun these are to make and how each one is so original. Voted up, useful, and beautiful.

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      Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      These are really pretty! I think my sister and I might like to try this. Seems foolproof to me. Snowflakes for dummies!! Yeah!

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      ShyeAnne 3 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      Great idea, voted up and liked on Facebook. Tis the Season!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for dropping by... glad you liked this!

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Looks awesome, would love to try it and your design is really great and nice. Thank you for sharing!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      rajan jolly- Thank you for visiting.. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub! Thank you so much for the positive feedback and vote up :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Such pretty pictures of these awesome looking snowflakes Jamie! Very creative and thanks for sharing such a simple and creative idea.

      Voted up, useful and awesome.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      vespawoolf- Aww.. thanks! I actually did spray these with the glimmer spray but it didn't come through well in the photos. So glad you enjoyed the hub.. thank you for dropping by!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I admire your creativity and agree--I like crafts that are quick and easy! I also like the idea of a sparkly spray for the snowflakes. What a fun craft. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Rosie writes- Oh, goodness! That is frustrating to go to the store for something so common and they are all out. Recently I wanted to purchase some freezer paper but didn't realize how hard it was to find.. had looked at Wal-Mart and some local Dollar stores. I was surprised to finally find it at the local grocery store. You could use a few of your cone shaped filters too if you wanted for varying sizes. Just lay them flat and cut a circle from them, leaving you two smaller circles. The actual flakes will be smaller but still just as pretty :) I can imagine how many of these hanging from the ceiling will be a beautiful winter wonderland! I bet the kids will love it and have fun with it :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      agusfanani- Thank you :) The coffee filters are so much thinner and easier to cut than just plain paper so it allowed for more intricate design. Glad you like them and as always, thanks so much for dropping by!

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Jamie, silly me, I didn't realize that my coffee filters were the cone-shape! I went to buy the round ones and the store was all out - will have to try another store. I am doing a descriptive writing lesson around snowflakes and we are going to have them hanging from the ceiling in the classroom. It will be so pretty!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Your creativity has been able to change something plain and simple into very attractive creations.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      teaches- Aww.. thank you but I'm sure yours were pretty too! Some of those more intricate ones did take a little practice but I enjoy anything to do with crafts. So glad you enjoyed the hub.. and I thank you for your lovely compliment- it means a lot!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jamie, I have made so many of these over the years and I have to say none were as pretty as these you created. Your have great talent and creativity. Lovely post.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Glimmer Twin Fan- I am glad you enjoyed this... I really love doing these.. it's instant gratification and love seeing how each one turns out. I want to make more even though I have already made a ton of them..lol! Thank you for the votes up and sharing :) I know you will have fun making them and Happy 2013 to you!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Awesome, up, shared ! This is super cool and I am going to get out the coffee filters after I'm done here. What a great idea. Thanks.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Rose Writes- Thank you.. so glad you found this useful! I know your 4th graders will love it. Thanks so much for dropping by and for the pin and tweet!!

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is an awesome idea! I have several boxes of coffee filters and will be doing this craft with my 4th graders soon! Thanks for this unique idea and your beautiful pictures. Tweeted and pinned!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni- No objection here... link away :) Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Neat flakes you have there. :) What a fun winter craft this is to do with kids on a too-wet-and-grey-to-go-outside-day! Linking to my make an online snowflake hub, if you have no objection.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      MikeR1- Thank you! They were lots of fun to make. They also shimmer but I couldn't get the camera to pick it up. Glad you enjoyed this.. thank you so much for dropping by and Happy 2013 to you :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      learner365- You are so welcome! Thank you for the votes up and positive feedback. Happy 2013 to you :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      KDeus- Thank you! I know what you mean about not getting a lot of snow.. this is one of the reasons I love snowflake crafts so much. We were lucky enough to get a white Christmas this year though.. the first one I've seen in all of my 39 years! I love using the coffee filters because they are much easier to cut than paper.. allowing for more intricate cuts. Have fun and thank you for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      billybuc- Great minds think alike ;0) I bet it was like a winter wonderland... how fun! We had a wonderful WHITE Christmas this year... very rare here in Texas. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas as well... and Happy 2013 to you and your loved ones :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      faythef- Thank you for the vote up! Have fun making some snowflakes :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Kris Heeter- Me too... I always loved making paper snowflakes! Using coffee filters is even better because it's easier to cut through than the paper, makes it easier for more intricate cuts. Glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      stephanieb27- How fun....I bet they all looked super cute! I had tons of fun doing them myself :) Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      MikeR1 4 years ago from Denver, CO

      Very interesting and informative how to hub, I will never look at coffee filters the same way again! I really like the picture of the coffee filter snowflakes hanging from the chandelier.

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      Saadia A 4 years ago

      This looks like a very nice and easy, fun craft for people of all ages :) Thanks for sharing such an interesting idea.

      Voted up and awesome !!!

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      Keely Deuschle 4 years ago from Florida

      Coffee filters for snowflakes! What a great idea! I've always used paper and had to cut it and make sure it was square. This will be a fun project for us since we don't get snow here, we'll make our own! I love what you did with the chandelier!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazingly, Jamie, we made these this Christmas and had them hanging from our ceiling. LOL Who would have believed it, right?

      I hope you had a great Christmas, and Happy New Year to you.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      So pretty..going to make some..voting up

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Making paper snowflakes was one of my favorite winter pastimes when I was a kid. I love this idea of using coffee filters!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      We made these for my son's kindergarten classroom party, so cute!! :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Jackie- I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! I did actually spray some of them with glimmer mist and they turned out really pretty.. it was hard to get the camera to pick it up though. I may try to add more pics later. Thanks for dropping by :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What fun! I have hundreds of coffee filters, I have got to try these, thank you! Glitter add would be sooo pretty. Oh and I am sure it will be fun for the kids too, lol. ^

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      carol- Aww.. thank you Carol.. you are so sweet! I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well..and hope the new year brings you many blessings. You deserve it! Glad you enjoyed the hub :) PS Thanks for the vote up and pin, too!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so clever and what a great craft for kids..you need only two things. The photos are great and they look lovely. Voting up and Pinning...Hope you had a great Christmas and 2013 brings all good things for you Jamie..your hubber friend.