Coffee filter craft ideas – creative and fun activities for kids

Written by Kremena Ruseva

Coffee filter craft ideas are a great way to have fun with the children during holidays or vacations. What is a coffee filter? First of all, this is a special filter that is used to brew ground coffee, as it retains coffee grounds. There are several types of coffee filters that differ in their shapes, sizes and materials. Paper coffee filters are ideal for various craft projects and can be used in numerous creative ways – from door wreath and candle holder, to flower bouquets and home decorations.

coffee filter craft ideas fun activities for children

You can craft fantastic things from materials that people consider as junk, useless or garbage. Coffee filter craft ideas can be stylish and fun! Coffee filter craft ideas can help you make functional, useless, beautiful or original items, but it is certain that they will not be boring. Coffee filters are a disposable material and you can show imagination, and make your own masterpiece. You will be surprised how many cool ideas you can come up with if you set yourself the right task. In the meantime, we offer you some ideas for fun and easy coffee filter crafts for children.

How to make coffee filter flowers

How to make coffee filter flowers easy craft ideas for children


  • Mini coffee filters
  • Food coloring or watercolors
  • Water
  • Medicine dropper
  • Glue Stick
  • Cardstock
  • Green marker


How to make coffee filter flowers tutorial

Stack of about 15 mini coffee filters

Place them open side down and add a few drops of color to the top. Then start adding a few drops of water on top. Once the stack is completely saturated you can easily press it flat.

Remove from plate and peel apart to dry.

Start folding the filters and use glue stick and secure the folds.

Your paper flowers are ready to be glued on a white piece of paper. Give your children a green marker to draw stems and leaves.

DIY Coffee Filter Butterflies

coffee filter butterflies paper crafts for kids


  • Round coffee filters
  • Washable markers or food coloring
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Spoons or droppers
  • Wax paper
  • Spray bottle (optional)


how to make coffee filter butterflies kids crafts ideas

Fold a coffee filter in half 3 to 4 times into a small wedge. Moisten the wedge by spraying with some water.

Fill a small container with about a tablespoon of water and 2-3 drops of food coloring (or more for a more vibrant hue). Mix well.

Dip the wedge into the colored liquid for about 2 seconds.

Dip the wedge very quickly into another color of diluted food coloring.

Carefully unfold the coffee filter and lay on a sheet of wax paper to dry.

Pinch the middle of each colored coffee filter to form a pair of butterfly wings.

Fold a pipe cleaner in the middle. Twist the pipe cleaner around the middle of the coffee filter wings.

Curl the ends of the pipe cleaner to define the butterfly’s pair of antenna.

Finish up by spreading the butterfly’s wings.

How to Make Coffee Filter Ballerinas

How to Make Coffee Filter Ballerinas


  • 2 Coffee filters
  • Washable markers (watercolors)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tiny elastic
  • Scissors
  • eye dropper


How to Make Coffee Filter Ballerinas tutorial

Flatten out the coffee filters.

Cover the filter with marker.

Use an eye dropper or a small measuring spoon to drop water all over the coffee filters until completely soaked through.

Let the filters dry completely.

Bend a pipe cleaner in half which will be the head of the dancer. Line up the second pipe cleaner behind the one that’s folded in half for the neck and arms. Wind the arms around the pipe cleaner several times to make a body. Bend the bottom pipe cleaners to make feet.

When the coffee filters are dry, separate them. Fold one of the coffee filters in half. Then keep folding it in half until a wedge and cut a tiny part of the tip. Unfold the coffee filter until it’s only folded in half. Cut two small slits which will be the holes for the “arms” to go through. Carefully slide each arm through the small slits.

Carefully pull the coffee filter down over the body. Bunch the coffee filter around the doll into the shape of a dress. Wrap a tiny elastic around the dress at the position of the waist.

Repeat with the second coffee filter. Push the dress up to the waist of the doll, shaping it into a beautiful, frilly gown.

DIY coffee filter bouquet of flowers

DIY coffee filter flowers crafts for kids


  • 2 coffee filters for each flower
  • Pink and red acrylic craft paint
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Water
  • Skewers
  • Glue gun
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush


DIY coffee filter flowers tutorial

Put ½ cup of water in a bowl and add 1 – 2 tbs of pink paint. Use a paintbrush to mix.

Lay all the coffee filters on a plate and pour the pink paint water over the filters until each one has absorbed the water.

Make a ½ inch edge around the filters with red paint. Filp the filters over and repeat this process.

Dry the coffee filters.

Put the coffee filters together in groups of two for each flower. Fold the coffee filters in half, pinch your fingers in the center of the fold and then open the edges until they look like a blooming flower. Twist the center until there is a bit sticking out to attach the stem to.

Wrap one end of a pipe cleaner around the “stem” part of the flower a few times. Then twist a “leaf” into the pipe cleaner.

Arrange the flowers into a pot or vase.

DIY coffee filter flowers fun paper craft ideas



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