We wanted our space at last weekend’s Wedding Swirl to stand out amongst all the other wedding decor that was being presented. Since invitations don’t take up much space, we decided that something 3D and unique was needed. Thus, Marie was born. Marie was our mannequin clothed in a dress completely made from paper (and a pretty ribbon sash). White tissue paper, computer paper & coffee filters were our main ingredients to this lovely dress. Today I’m going to show you how to make coffee filter flowers like the ones you see here on Marie!

for a four inch flower, you’ll need:
4 coffee filters
a rubber band

1. find the middle of the bottom of one coffee filter.
2. gather and pinch it together, as shown.
3. do the same thing for the other three filters.
4. place the pinched part of each filter side by side and hold on tightly, thus, the “stem”.
5. wrap a rubber band around the stem.
6. fluff your flower to make it big and beautiful.

We then taped our flower to the paper dress. Other ideas for this flower include securing it to a headband, attaching it to a long wire and putting it in a vase, pinning it to your sweater. For a smaller flower, use only two filters.

As you can see, we only used white filters, seeing as we were making a wedding dress.
For colored filters follow these steps:

– fill a bowl with water and add two drops of food coloring (we think blue is a great color!).
– very lightly, dip the riffled edges of the coffee filters in the mixture, only leaving them in the mixture for less than a second.
– watch as the color seeps up through the filters.
– wait until the filters dry and then proceed with the above directions.

We hope this was helpful!


2 Comments on How-to make: Coffee Filter Flowers

  1. Jess
    June 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm (5 years ago)

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I’ve been looking all over for a simple tutorial and this was it! 🙂

    • kelli
      June 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm (5 years ago)

      Glad we could help, Jess!


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