Make gorgeous coffee filter flowers with three different techniques for paper roses including step by step instructions and photos.
(This post has been updated since it’s original post date of 09/20/13) Hey there! I shared coffee flowers recently and had such an overwhelming response with requests on how to make them that I’ve put together a tutorial for you.
First there’s a couple of resources I found online and then my own personal take on creating these beauties!
How to Make Coffee Filter Flowers
Depending on how much detail and time you want to spend on this fun DIY I’m sure you’ll find one of these to suit you best.
First I tried a technique from Martha Stewart. Her tutorial provides a printable paper rose template to trace and cut each rose petal which makes this DIY the time consuming but with more details.
It’s really a beautiful DIY to create artistic flowers when some practice.
I skipped the template all together since I was looking for something a bit easier and quicker.
Using the paper rose template as a guide I cut out the rose petals free handed. Even though I didn’t take the time to use the template I still found that this was the most time consuming tutorial.
Here is my result!
The second technique I used came from Easy Handmade Recipes. This paper rose tutorial uses layers of round coffee filters to create a fuller flower or rose.
The DIY is super easy to use and will have you creating a big and full bouquet of flowers in minutes.
I love her tutorial for dying the filters different tints and assembly. Make sure to click over to see how to do this!
This is the paper rose tutorial for you if you want a big and full bouquet without too many details!
Here is what my flower looked like following this tutorial.
DIY Rolled Coffee Filter Flowers
Here is how to make coffee filter flowers that falls somewhere in between the first two tutorials as far as time and details.
What you need for coffee filter roses:
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- Coffee filters. You can use small or large round coffee filters or a mix of both for a variety of sizes.
- Hot glue gun and sticks.
- Wood skewers.
- Florist tape.
- Natural dyes with kitchen supplies.
How to make paper flowers step by step out of coffee filters:
- Cut a spiral shape out of the 3 or 4 coffee filters stacked together to save time. Start on the outside edge and make a full circle and half as you cut towards the middle of the filters.
- Thanks to the organic shape of flowers you do not need to make your spirals perfect. Don’t overthink it!
- Roll each one starting from the center and adding on a filter until you have the fullness you want.
- Create small, medium, and large flowers for your bouquet using three to ten coffee filters for each one.
- Secure the flower head with hot glue at the base and attaching a stem. (See next step.)
- Attach a stem by hot gluing a wood skewer to the base. The pointy end makes it easy to insert into the base of the coffee flower head.
- Secure a piece of florist tape at the base of the flower with a dot of hot glue and wrap a few times to create a thicker receptacle. This is the thickened part at the bottom of the flower which holds its major organs.
- Continue wrapping florist tape to the end of the skewer to create the stem.
- Curl the edges of the outside petals under by rolling them around a skewer.
How to dye coffee filters:
- Try dying your coffee filters before create flowers with a water-color bath, tea, or other kitchen ingredient.
- Just place a few drops of paint, tea bag, or juice in a bowl of water for a subtle hint of color.
- I used red wine vinegar for a pink tint by dipping the edge of the flower petals into a shallow bowl and hung it upside down to dry.
- You can also use a hair dryer to speed up drying time.
I love how realistic and pretty these turned out. The coffee filters really make the petals look like soft rose petals.
It think it would fun to scent them with a drop of perfume or oil.
Make sure to pin this for later!
Have you tried making paper flowers? Or any other coffee filter crafts? What technique did you find the best? I would love to hear about it!
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