Filter Paper Flowers

Make colorful tie-dyed effect flowers out of coffee filter. String them together to make a flower lei or use them for your collages, greeting cards, posters, and other craft projects.

Safety Tips

  • Kids 8 years and younger should use child-safe scissors.

Filter Paper Flowers craft


  • Filter paper (coffee filter or laboratory filter paper)
  • Food coloring (red, yellow, blue) or crepe paper
  • Droppers, small spoons, or small squeeze bottles
  • Scissors


Step 1 Filter Paper Flowers 1. Draw and cut 6 or more flower shapes on coffee filters or laboratory filter paper.
Step 2a Filter Paper Flowers 2. Place food coloring on your palette.
Step 2b Filter Paper Flowers   *Here's an alternative to food coloring:
Soak (bleeding type) crepe paper in a small amount of water. Wait for 5 minutes or until the water attains the desired color intensity. Remove the crepe paper and use the colored water in place of food coloring.
Step 3 Filter Paper Flowers 3. Put a few drops of red food coloring on a flower using a dropper or small spoon. Add a few drops of blue. Watch as the two colors blend together.

*If the colors don't spread as expected, you can spritz on a bit of water using a bottle spray.
Step 4 Filter Paper Flowers 4. Repeat this process using other colors on the rest of the flowers. Primary colors mixed together create new colors called secondary colors: blue and yellow make green, red and blue make purple, yellow and red make orange.
Step 5 Filter Paper Flowers 5. Let the flowers dry completely.

More Ideas

Filter Paper Flower Picture Once they're dry, use the flowers to compose a picture.
Filter Paper Flower Greeting Card Decorate greeting cards, posters, scrapbook pages, journal covers, and just about anything you want to deck with colorful flowers.
Hula Lei Or maybe string them together to make a flower necklace or a colorful Hula Lei.