Coffee Filter Art


Today's project stretched over a few days.  It started as one thing and turned into something else.  Life is like that a lot, huh? So let's start the journey.

I wanted to do some fine motor practice with the girls and I thought color mixing might be a fun way to do it.  I ordered some pipettes from Oriental Trading a while back and had not had a chance to use them yet.  Don't worry if you don't have pipettes.  I have done this in the past with medicine droppers and it has worked just as well.  The supplies I used: ice cube trays, pipettes, food coloring, coffee filters, and a waterproof plate or tray.

I filled up the ice cube tray with water and placed a few drops of food coloring in a few different cubes.  You can just stick with your basic colors here.  I made orange to demonstrate to the girls how they could mix two colors together to get a new one.  You'll want to leave most of the ice cube tray with just water since that's where the kids will do their color mixing.

I showed the girls how they could squeeze the pipette to draw water in and out of it.  "A" picked this up right away and set to work making new colors and shades.  

B found this to be a bit of challenge and she was asking me to do it for her at the beginning.  After much trial and error with squeezing the pipette, she was able to tackle it herself.  You can just see the differing fine motor skills if you compare the photos of A and B.  A is using her index finger and thumb to squeeze the pipette which is more advanced than B's method of squeezing it with her entire hand.  Regardless of where your child is at, they will be getting good fine motor practice doing this.  

I thought it would be fun to squirt some of our new cool colors on coffee filters and make some flowers when the filters dried.  

B had way too much fun with this.  She was less interested in making colors on the coffee filters and more interested in dropping every bit of water from her ice tray onto her plate.   I think she was very happy to have mastered the squeezing and did not want to stop.  At one point, "A" and little C went to play in the yard and B stayed inside so she could finish transferring her water.  Here is her poor coffee filter drowning on her plate.

"A" had gotten bored dripping the colors on the coffee filter, so I showed her a new method for coloring them.  I scrunched up the filters to look like a flower.

Then I showed A how she could dip the scrunched up filters into the trays of color.  She loved watching the "flowers" drink up the color.  B had absolutely no interest in this and refused to even try as she was still busy using her pipette to dump all her water on her plate.  

Flowers drying.

I mentioned earlier that this was a multi-day project.  That is because the coffee filters needed to dry before we could do anything else.  When they dried, my original plan was to use pipe cleaners to make flowers.  But I just loved how pretty the filters looked when they dried and I was inspired to make something else.

I had no idea what I was making or what I was going to do with it.  I just called it my pom pom ball.  I tore some pages out of my People magazine, rolled them up and used packing tape to make the whole thing into a ball.  Here is my stylish, celeb-u-ball.

Then I made the coffee filters into flowers.  

Next I got out my hot glue gun and glued my flowers onto the ball.  This was the most time consuming part of the process.  But it was fun putting hot glue on Hollywood starlets' faces.  Does that make me a bad person? 

When I was done I had this giant pom pom ball and wasn't sure what I could do with it.  If I had a stick, I could put it in a pot and a make a giant topiary.  I actually think that would be an awesome idea with a smaller ball.  I don't know what got me thinking disco ball, but there was no stopping me.  I got some clear quilting thread from my quilting supplies and hung it from the light above our kitchen table.  

My favorite thing about this project was collaborating with my girls.  They could not believe what I made with their flowers.  My least favorite thing about this project was burning my fingers on hot glue.  Ouch!  Maybe that was my punishment for gleefully covering the faces of famous women with hot glue.  



  1. So pretty...and how sweet that your girls got to see their handy work turn into a beautiful family project :)

  2. Ooh, I love how it turned out! What a neat idea!

  3. Love this!!! I'll definitely have to keep it in mind as a fun rainy day project for the future! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following back!

  4. Brilliant, I love it! I am so going to have to try this REAL soon! Thanks!

  5. What a neat idea to use the ice cube trays to hold the colors. Looks like a lot of fun to create, and the end product turned out great!

  6. Super cute! I used to love crafts that repurposed household items when I was a kid. I love that you made them into a pomander! It reminds me of my wedding two months ago where we had eighteen pomanders my bridesmaids and I made using pink tissue paper, wire, and styrofoam balls. It took DAYS to finish them. Although they were cute, I would not do them over again because of how much work they were to sit on some chairs for 30 minutes.

    I digress - whenever I can finally get over that wedding project, I will probably have kids and by then I'd be able to do something fun like this!

  7. What a lovely blog you have! I especially like the clever celeb-ball cover up with a brightly colored coffee filter pom pom. I must try this for my granddaughter. Thanks for the follow. I'm following back! :=)

  8. Love this! Great activity! Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming my newest follower! Now, I'm your newest follower!

  9. I am going to have to try this with my kiddo's this is such a cute idea! And i love how it turned out and you made a disco ball! Too cute!

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  11. Hi, thanks for visiting my site for the Monday Mingle. I'm following yours now too. :)
    I remember doing this coffee filter art project with my kids when they were younger. You had a great idea turning it into your little pom-pom thing.

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  13. Thanks for visiting me from Too Cute tuesday!

    I love this idea, I have a daycare and we are always looking for new projects. Although we have died coffee filters, we never know what to do with them when we are finished.. this is perfect!

    Love it, Patricia

  14. What a fun kid project. I will have to do this soon. My two year old and eleven year old would both love it. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Such a cute fun project to do with the kiddos! Fun pom pom decor :)

  16. What a fun idea! I love your projects! I will try some with my son when he is a little older!!! :)


  17. @ Carmella, they were pretty excited when they saw the finished result.
    @ Betsy, thanks so much!
    @ Jennifer, can never have enough rainy day projects!
    @ Normies, thanks for checking in!
    @ Dorie, we have an ice maker so we don't use the trays for much of anything these days.
    @ Woven Moments, thanks for the sweet comment
    @ Our Little Bubble, thanks for coming by!
    @ Sarah, LOl at your wedding project. I bet they looked great though!
    @ Lady D, I am glad you liked it!
    @ Jill, happy to have you!
    @ Jennifer, we are ALL about the disco.
    @ Jennifer, thanks so much!
    @ Cathy, thanks for the sweet comment

  18. @ Brooke, thanks so much!
    @ Jamie, welcome!
    @ Patricia, this would be very fun for daycare.
    @ Prudently Painted Village, I think the 2 year old and 11 year would get such different things out of it.
    @ Megan, thank you for checking us out.
    @ Carissa, I love the name of your blog!

  19. how festive!!! I LOVE when a project/idea just takes on a life of it's own as you go along.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase & hope to see you again this week!


  20. Great ideas for the little ones. I am putting it in my craft ideas on pinterest. :-)

  21. i had to come back and tell you that i bought some of these coffee filters today for this project. while i cooked dinner, i gave the girls some along with some cotton balls. we made ghosts! they thought they were so funny! thanks for the inspiration.

  22. I love what you made with the coffee filters! Cool centerpiece!

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  24. Those look like fun to make! Great idea!

    Thanks for linking up at Tutus & Tea Parties

  25. This is fun for little kids. Better to do it in the garden for less stains around the room.

  26. This is such a great project!

    I stumbled it!