How to Make Coffee Filter Flowers - Tutorials and Patterns
Very Easy Paper Roses - I made them in Peach
Coffee Filter Flower Patterns
I've always enjoy paper crafts and have made many tissue paper flowers over the years! When I heard about making flowers out of coffee filters, I was intrigued and had to try it. I was amazed at how easy yet really effective these flowers are to make - and with supplies you probably already have in your cupboard! These are my favourite 10 tutorials - I couldn't say which I like best - they're all beautiful. Really...the flowers are gorgeous! If you can't decide on a colour to make, start with a lovely crisp white or beautiful antique brown and go from there. There's also a video tutorial, ideas for your flowers, wreaths to make, and tips to help you. Most of these tutorials use bowl coffee filters, except the first one which uses cones. Each tutorial has its link, its picture and its supply list. I hope you enjoy making your coffee filter flowers.
Gorgeous Tea Rose
Why use Coffee Filters to Make Flowers Anyway?
(The Obvious Question!)
They are the right shape - most flower patterns require circles. Coffee filters are circles!
They are the right size - Small, medium and large
They are the right texture and thickness - perfect for crinkling
They hold colour perfectly - and come in white or brown
They are inexpensive and handy - for a few dollars, you could make hundreds (depending where you buy!) and for a flower in a pinch, you have them on hand already
A Beautiful Classic Rose
Rose Coffee Filter Flower Tutorial
This is the most complicated of the tutorials, but well worth it as the rose is stunning - very real. This pattern is from Martha Stewart, originally by Cassie Chappell.
Supplies For The Big Rose Tutorial
- 8 Cone Filters, (8 will make one rose)
- 16-gauge Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- Watercolor Paint
- Flat Brush
- Bamboo Skewer
Gorgeous Full Roses
Rose or Peony Coffee Filter Tutorial 2
These roses are simple to make yet have huge impact. These are a ton of fun to make. From Wedding Bee
Note: (I put a wire floral stem through the middle instead of the yarn tie so I could stand them in a vase.)
Supplies For The Large Rose
What You'll Need:
- Coffee Filters (7 filters per flower)
- Dye of your choice - optional, you could just go with white or brown
- Bucket and Tarp (Optional)
- Needle and Yarn
- Hot water
A Stunning Peony
Peony Coffee Filter Tutorial
This tutorial comes from Kate Pruitt who is using a pattern based on one by Aunt Peaches.
They are pictured in yellow combination - you can use whatever colors you like best!
Supplies For The Peony:
- 60 standard size coffee filters
- 2 tubes of water based paint, similar in tone (yellow/orange or pink/red or blue/purple, etc..)
- 3 cups of water in 3 separate containers
- 10 plastic drinking straws
- Masking tape (make it green tape if you want a covered stem, but any tape will work fine)
Hint: For Small Flowers
You can use muffin or cupcake baking cups for mini flowers!
Fun Snowball or Hydrangea Style Flowers
Pom-Pom Coffee Filter Paper Tutorial
This is an easy pattern, and this tutorial includes adding a fragrance to your flower - what a great idea! By Katja Presnal
Supplies For Hydrangea Flowers:
- Large Coffee Filters (40 per pom pom)
- Cotton Yarn
- Additional: Aromatherapy Oils if you want the pom poms to have fragrance
- Large Needle
Paper Craft Flower Books
If you enjoy making these flowers, there are so many other techniques and styles to try. A paper flower making book is also a very nice gift - I still have the one I received as a child and I made LOTS of tissue paper flowers from it. Here are some beautiful books with detailed instructions and lovely pictures.
More Paper Flower Patterns to Explore
Instructions for an Open Camilia Flower
Camilia Coffee Filter Paper Tutorial
This looks like a camilia to me. It's very easy. It uses paper fasteners (clever!) so... no messy glue. From A Gypsy Angel.
Supplies For A Camilia Flower:
- Bowl coffee filters (10-15 per flower)
- Paper fasteners
Small Rose Coffee Filter Paper Tutorial
This is the spiral technique - and it works brilliantly. These rosettes are just lovely. They look superb on a wreath. Pattern and instructions from Salvaged Whimsy
Supplies for the Rosette Tutorial:
- Dyed coffee filters
- Glue gun
Oxygen bleached white filters are better for the environment than chlorine bleached.
Watercolor Paint Palette
How to Dye your Filters
Generally, you mix paint or food dye in a bowl with water and dip the filters in to colour them.
I did it with acrylic paint but first I mixed the colour I wanted on a plate, then added it to the water. I used about a 3cm sausage of paint from a small sized tube and about 3 cups of water. This gave a pale, delicate colour to the flowers. I assume, the stronger the colour you want, the more paint you add to the water.
I found I had to work quite hard at dissolving it all thoroughly in the water! Any undissolved chunks of paint showed up as spots of colour on the filters - not a major problem, though.
Food dye works very well. Colour strength can range from pastel to quite deep, using between two and five drops (or more!) in the water. This was with about two cups of water. I found using food dye to be the easiest (and cheapest) colour method.
If you want a great natural colour effect, dye separate filters in several shades of the same colour and use the different shades in each flower.
Another effect is to dye the edge in a deeper shade or a different colour, or use a spray bottle for a mottled look (again, in a deeper shade or different colour altogether)
Food Dye Mix Chart
Here's a handy little colour mixing chart for food dye.
It's from the back of the food dye box, by Club House.
Lively, Fresh Peony Flowers
Peony Coffee Filter Paper Tutorial 2
This is another version of Aunt Peaches tutorial by Homemade Serenity. It has detailed instructions including colouring. These look great in a huge bunch. From Homemade Serenity
Supplies for the Peony:
- 5 white coffee filters
- Food coloring
- Wooden skewers
- Florist Tape
- 1/2 cup water
- A small shallow pie pan
Bold Glads for Your Arrangement
Gladioli Coffee Filter Paper Tutorial
This is an inspired design, and more involved than the simple flowers. Thank you to Paper Pendulum for creating this tutorial.
Supplies for the Gladioli:
- Coffee filters
- Floral tape
- Floral wire
- Watercolor paints
Things I Learned Along the Way - Helpful Tips
Here are tips I learned as I went along making these flowers. I hope they are useful to you.
- Coffee filters dry quite fast, but I did use a blow dryer at one point when I had a lot drying and no time to wait. Just keep it pointed away from all the filters except the one you are drying! All it takes is a quick, few seconds blast for each one.
- Squeeze the filters out from the dye bath - they scrunch into a tiny ball - to get excess water out. They are tough, they can handle it
- Don't worry about getting them perfectly flat to dry, if a part is folded over, it will not stick together when it's dry
- With white or brown filters - Sometimes, a nice effect is achieved by first scrunching, then flattening out your filter before following the pattern. Conversely, not scrunching them and letting the already there ruffles around the edge give effect works nicely too - try both ways!
Coffee Filter Flower Video Tutorial - Tutorials from YouTube
This is a sweet video which explains several techniques for making the coffee filter flowers. I like the second flower - the small rose.
Further Ideas for Coffee Filters Craft Projects!
Coffee Filter Paper Wreaths, Garlands, and a Tree
You may have seen by now the gorgeous coffee filter wreaths that are popping up all over the internet. They're quite stunning and easy and quick to make. Here are links to tutorials with images for the wreaths and a tree - and a garland too.
This is the white filter wreath. The Nester also shows how to make a coffee filter tree.
Here's a tutorial for a coffee filter wreath made out of brown filters by Bargainhoot. It's easy and looks very stylish.
This is a lovely dyed coffee filter wreath - Heidi at Birdsofafeather makes them using coffee and tea dyes.
One more! This is a tutorial for a beautiful garland made from both brown and white coffee filters and other paper by Laura Orr at Markham Street Design. She draws her inspiration from a garland by Pam Garrison.
Some Photos of My Coffee Filter Flowers - Photos by my HubbyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Further Flower Making Adventures.....
Coffee filters are amazingly well-suited to making flowers, but you may enjoy also trying the more traditional materials - tissue paper or felt.
Paper Flower Craft Kits
Felt Flower Tutorials
Learn How to Make Felt Flowers
Learn How to Make Felt Flowers with Easy Tutorials
Tips and free patterns and tutorials for instructions on how to make your own felt flowers. Use them as pins, or on hats and bags.
Thank You For Visiting
I hope you enjoy making coffee filter flowers!
What`s Your Opinion
Do you think coffee filter flowers are beautiful
Easy, Low Cost and Very Effective
Coffee filters are perfect to use to make beautiful flowers. You can quickly achieve stunning results with only a few supplies - that you probably already have. These tutorials show the range of types of flowers you can make and the color options are endless. With little cost and effort, the results are stunning!
- Arrangements for the home or for gifts
- Wreaths or garlands - seasonal or `just because``
- Party or wedding decorations - low cost, big impact
- Anything else that you would love to do with flowers!