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Coffee Filter Flowers

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Coffee filter flowers are not only inexpensive and easy to make DIY, but they are also fun and gorgeous.  

How to make coffee filter flowers (1)

With Valentine’s Day sneaking up on us and all the candy and decorations in stores already, I have been so inspired to create some DIY Valentine’s projects. Of course good old Pinterest is a factor in all this as well, I mean how can you not be inspired when you are on that site? Needless to say, I have a few future DIYs that will be up on the blog before Valentine’s Day. Keep a look out for those.

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Let me actually talk about what we’re doing here today: Coffee Filter Flowers. Yup, you heard me correctly. Now, I had old coffee filters lying around because I switched to reusable filters. So these things were in the back of my cabinet for, goodness, a year, maybe. I saw them the other day and knew it was time—they needed to go. Being someone who hates waste, I wanted to find a way to use them and give them purpose. 

After a little research, I settled on coffee filter flowers. There are a bunch of different methods for creating the flowers, but this one, which I’m sharing today, seemed the easiest for me. I’m giving you a step-by-step tutorial so you can easily follow along and create your own. 

Coffee Filter Flowers – Step-by-Step Tutorial

coffee-filter-flower bunch

Materials Need:

Coffee Filters

Food Coloring




Step 1
Dye your coffee filters. 

To do this, I used food coloring. Put some water in an old plastic container and add the colors desired. I followed the instructions on the food coloring box to get the pink-ish color. 


I dipped stacks in the dye at a time and just separated them the best I could so they’d be able to dry. It took about a day to dry.

Step 2 – In stacks of three, fold your filters in quarters

Take the stack and fold it in half, then fold that half in half.

coffee filter flowers

Step 3 – Cut a scalloped edge


Repeat Step 2 & 3

You basically take another stack of 3 filters, fold them, and cut your scalloped edges.  Now, you have two stacks of filters folded and cut.

Step 4 – Unfold the filters and stack one on the other.


Step 5 – Make a small gathering in the center of the filters and staple to keep it in place.

Pick the filters up, and grab or pinch the middle of the filters, creating a little gathering  This will be the stem.  Once you have the gathering take your stapler and staple it. 


Step 6 -Start pulling and fluffing the filters starting from the top.

Flip the filters over so the staple is on the bottom. From the top, take each filter individually, gathering it and keeping it fluffy. Continue on, fluffing each filter as you go.

Step 7 – Take your tape and warp the bottom gathered area.

Once your flower is fluffed, flip it over and secure the gathered area (where the staple is) with a piece of tape. 


To make them stand up in the vase, I just grabbed some skewers and stuck them in the taped stem. 


Now, you can start creating your own coffee filter flowers. I hope this tutorial was easy to understand. I have also included a video tutorial down below. The quality is ok at best, but for my very first video, it will be. 

Coffee Filter Flower Video Tutorial

How to make coffee filter flowers

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Julie K

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

OMG you just made this project so much easier and less time consuming for me. By combining the best of all the videos and articles out there with your tips, my flowers look prettier, fuller and attaching the stems(wooden bbq skewers wrapped once w green tissue paper w a glue stick) is a breeze!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Cate Griffing

Wednesday 12th of July 2023

Julie that makes me soo happy to hear! I still have ot save these coffe filter flowers are one of my favorite DIYs!

Shelley Clark

Monday 22nd of February 2021

So beautiful & easy, thank you for sharing. I am always looking for crafts to do with our elderly residents, this is perfect.

Cate Griffing

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Thank you! It really is fun to do too!

Tammy Dinatalli

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

This is the easiest quickest coffee filter flower diy craft I've come across and was easily understandable and not at any point confusing! Thank you!! I've made my first one just now and am pleased with the out come.

Cate Griffing

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Hey Tammy! I'm so glad it to hear that!! Aren't they the sweetest little flowers??


Thursday 24th of January 2019

These are so cute!! I would have never thought to use coffee filters. You are so talented and so creative!! Love this idea!! ~Emily


Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

I completely forgot about this craft! I think I remember doing something similar in school not too long ago. They look great Cate!


Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

Thanks Leann! They are so easy and actually fun to do!

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