What if we tell you that coffee filters are not just for coffee? You can actually make tons of other exciting things using that piece of filter paper. This simple-shaped and lint-free designed paper can be helpful in lots of other ways, too. Read on, and we’ll show you how.
What are some uses for coffee filters?
Aside from filtering the coffee in your coffee machine, coffee filters can also work as:
- Plate liners
- Window cleaners
- Snack bowls
- Oil-absorbing sheets
- Popsicle drip catcher
- AND MORE…
Other than being an essential household item, coffee filters are also great for crafting. And you can make tons of crafting projects with it.
How do you use a coffee filter for crafts?
Crafting with coffee filters can be done in so many ways. You can cut them, stick them together, paint on them, make amazing decor with them. The list is endless.
If you have a bunch of coffee filters lying around, here are 10 amazing coffee filter crafts you can make at home. The best part is, you can create and have fun with these crafting projects with your kids.
What crafts can you make with coffee filters?
Here is the list of crafts you can make using coffee filters. They are easy and really fun to make. So bring out your coffee filters and let’s start crafting!
1. Coffee filter butterfly
These colorful coffee filter butterflies are great for spring decor. You can attach them on strings or stick them on a wall for that lively and colorful spring effect.
- white coffee filters
- watercolor paints
- colored pipe cleaners or chenille stem
1. Lay the coffee filter flat on a surface and paint them using the paintbrush and watercolor paints. Make sure to lay a newspaper or a paper plate on the surface before doing this. It’s because the water from the watercolor might soak through. Once done, just set aside to dry.
2. Once your coffee filters are dry, fold them in an accordion style, in about half an inch pleats.
3. Fold one pipe cleaner in half and place the folded coffee filter in the middle of the fold. Center the coffee filter at the bend.
4. Twist the open ends of the pipe cleaner around the coffee filter to secure it in place.
5. bend or curl the open ends of the pipe cleaner to create the butterfly antenna.
6. Fan out or spread the butterfly wings.
7. You can attach it on a string or stick them on a wall. And you’re done!
2. Ocean Animal Suncatcher
For a fun ocean-themed project, this ocean animal suncatchers are great for kids who love fishes and other water animals. You can stick them on your windows for a beautiful, colorful sunlight effect.
- Dark blue or black art paper
- Watercolor paints
1. Paint your coffee filters using watercolor paint. You can paint in as many colors as you like. The more colorful, the better! Leave it to dry.
2. Print or draw sea animals on the dark blue or black paper and cut them. Make sure your cut-outs are not larger than the coffee filters.
3. Glue the animal cut-outs on the dried coffee filters.
4. You can stick your finished project on the window to get hit by sunlight for a beautiful silhouette effect.
Aside from their beautiful appearance, Peony flowers are a symbol of prosperity, good fortune, a happy marriage, romance, compassion, and honor. You can actually make your own wilt-free peonies using coffee filters. Here’s how:
- White Coffee Filters (8 pcs. per flower)
- Floral Wire
- Floral Tape
- Food Coloring
- Pencil or Pen
- Glue or Hot Glue Gun
1. Fold your coffee filters in half. Continue folding them in half for three times more (you’ll get around 16 petals). You can do 2 coffee filters at a time.
2. When you get that cone shape, use the scissors to cut the open edge of your coffee filters to a more rounded edge.
3. After cutting the edges, unravel the coffee filters.
4. This is optional. You can make white peony flowers, but if you want colored peony flowers, you can dye them.
Put some water in the bowl and add a few drops of food color in it. You can put as many drops of food color as you want, depending on how deep you want the color to be. To test it out, try dipping a coffee filter and pull it out to see the color payoff.
5. After mixing your dye solution, dip the coffee filters into the water and pull them out. Place them on a surface to dry.
6. Cut your floral wire to 12-inch lengths. You can use two wires if you want a sturdy stem. Using a pencil, wrap one end of your wire several times into a coil. Then slide it off the pencil and press the loop together. This will be the center for your flower and a stopper, so your coffee filters won’t slip through.
7. Using the other end, poke the floral wire through the center of your first filter petal. Put some hot glue on the coil to hold the first petal in place (be careful with using hot glue). Twist the bottom of the coffee filter to secure it in place.
8. Repeat step #7 until you have all 8 filter petals on the floral wire. Make sure to glue the last petal in place.
9. Grab your floral tape and cut about a 12-inch to 16-inch strip. Wrap your floral wire using the tape, starting at the base of coffee filters. Use a dot of hot glue to stick the end of your floral tape.
Remember to pull on your floral tape slightly so it would stretch. This will also activate its stickiness.
10. Wrap your wire by spinning your floral tape all the way down your floral wire to create your stem. You can wrap it all the way down and then back up again to make it more sturdy. Once you finish wrapping, it’s done!
11. You can create a couple of these and put them on a vase to display. You can also turn it to a bouquet.
4. Coffee Filter Fall Leaf Garland
This leaf garland is a fantastic decor for the fall season. You can hang them on your windows, doors, or pretty much anywhere.
- Coffee filters
- Red, yellow, orange, and brown markers
- Red, yellow, and orange watercolor paint
- Hole punch
1. Draw leaf shapes on your coffee filters using the red, yellow, and brown markers.
2. Using the watercolor paints, paint on the leaves you drew on the coffee filters. The watercolor paint will mix and blend with the markers and make really colorful leaves.
3. Repeat the procedure until you have a stack of painted leaves. Set aside to dry.
4. Once the coffee filters are dry, cut out the leaves by following the outlines you drew earlier. Using a hole punch, place a hole on one end of the leaf for lacing.
5. Cut a long strand of string and tie a knot on each leaf to secure them in place.
6. Find a great spot to hang your finished garland, and you’re done!
5. Coffee Filter Wreath
You can use wreaths on almost any occasion. Depending on what color or theme your wreath is, you can always hang one on your door. Making a plain white wreath like this is great for any occasion. You can just attach any holiday-themed stems and wrap them around the wreath.
- Coffee Filters (150 pcs.)
- Foam wreath form
- Hot Glue Gun
1. Fold your coffee filter in half. Fold it and again to make it quarters.
2. Loosely roll your folded filter paper to a cone shape.
3. Pinch the tip of the cone to keep it closed. You can also dab a little hot glue on it to lock it in place.
4. Repeat this process for about 100 times (You can do this while watching TV).
5. Take your foam wreath form and attack the filter papers to the back inside of the wreath.
6. When there are filters around the circle, turn the foam over and push/fold the filters in to cover the inner part of the wreath.
7. Do the same procedure but on the outer part of the wreath foam.
8. Add two rows of filters in the middle part to cover the entire wreath foam. Don’t forget to fluff the filters for a fuller effect.
9. Tie a ribbon on one side for hanging, and it’s done!
More coffee filter crafts
Here are some more fun and creative coffee filter crafts you can make at home.
- Coffee Filter Angel – beautiful angel ornament that’s unbelievably made from coffee filters.
- Christmas Tree – This small but adorable Christmas tree is great for tabletop decorations.
- Batik Circles – Kids will surely enjoy this fun and exciting project. They could show off their artistic skills with it too.
- Pumpkins – Want some centerpiece for your tables on that pumpkin patch party, or maybe Halloween? Here’s a cute one for you.
- JOY for Christmas – Bring in more joy into your home by making this impressive lettering decor. You can create one for other parties too!
Start crafting with coffee filters!
Coffee filters are indeed a versatile item. You’ll be surprised by how useful and crafty they really are. Which of these crafting projects will you try? Or maybe you’re interested in other crafting projects you can sell?