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25 Great Coffee Filter Crafts

Kelly Sundstrom
Aug. 10, 2015

Don't make a special trip to the craft supply store when your kids want to create something. Try making a few of these amazing coffee filter crafts and activities using all of those leftover filters:
 

  1. Butterfly
    For insect lovers, make a colorful butterfly, inspired by Imperfect Homemaker. A decorated coffee filter becomes the butterfly's pretty wings.
     
  2. Peacock
    Glued to My Crafts Blog suggests using a filter to construct an ornate peacock, using markers to decorate the tail.
     
  3. Snowman
    During the cold winter months, try making the Cherished Bliss blog's version of a coffee filter snowman.
     
  4. Sunflower
    Use filters to make beautiful sunflowers like the ones found on The Imagination Tree. Who knew coffee filter crafts could look so sunny!
     
  5. Pumpkin
    The The Happier Homemaker blog uses multiple filters to create a beautiful three-dimensional pumpkin.
     
  6. Hot Air Balloon
    For the hot days of summer, Inner Child Fun suggests making hot air balloons out of coffee filters that you can hang up in your windows.
     
  7. Fish
    Instead of dealing with the mess of a real aquarium, try making few of the We Like to Learn as We Go blog's coffee filter fish instead. Easy maintenance!
     
  8. Leaves
    Pink and Green Mama recommends trimming and dying coffee filters to transform them into beautiful fall leaves.
     
  9. Roses
    To make realistic roses, take a tip from Kids Activities Blog and roll coffee filters to create watercolor rose petals.
     
  10. Wreath
    No matter the holiday or occasion, Happy Hooligans can show you how to turn coffee filters into a decorative seasonal wreath.
     
  11. Firework Pom-Poms
    The next sporting event you attend, bring out a few coffee filter pom-poms for your kiddos to play with, courtesy of The Suburban Mom. Experiment with different hues to match the home team's colors.
     
  12. Monster
    For little ones who love scary creatures, try out Housing a Forest's version of coffee filter monsters. Just add googly eyes and creepy teeth!
     
  13. Jellyfish
    Life With Moore Babies can show you how to use coffee filters to create flowing, colorful jellyfish.
     
  14. Snowflakes
    If you live in a place that doesn't get a lot of snow, It Works for Bobbi has the answer with their coffee filter snowflakes.
     
  15. Folding Fan
    Use a coffee filter to create a functional and decorative folding fan, courtesy of De Tout Et De Rein.
     
  16. Color Experiment
    Combine art with learning and make a color experiment with Make and Takes.
     
  17. Flowers
    Create your own homemade flowers that are pretty enough to display all over your house with The Altered Past's vibrant coffee filter blooms.
     
  18. Banner
    The Handmade Home suggests using coffee filters to create banner flags that you can hang up for your next party.
     
  19. Solar System
    Show your kiddos how to make the Our Crafts-N-Things blog's coffee filter solar system to learn about the planets.
     
  20. Turkey
    Your kids will love creating coffee filter turkeys, just like the ones on A Faithful Attempt.
     
  21. Bat
    Use coffee filters to make spooky bats, courtesy of Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.
     
  22. Shamrocks
    Give your children the luck of the Irish with We Know Stuff's coffee filter shamrocks. Green dyed filters become the shamrock's petals.
     
  23. Boat
    When learning about explorers, show your kids how to make Glued to My Crafts' coffee filter sail boat.
     
  24. Parachute
    Entertain your little ones for hours with this coffee filter parachute toy. Find directions on StlMotherhood.
     
  25. Paintbrushes
    Stop wasting time cleaning brushes at the end of craft time. The Realistic Mama shows you how to make paint brushes out of filters, which can be tossed at the end of the day.


For more crafts ideas, check out these 62 Summer Crafts for Kids!

Kelly Sundstrom is an award-winning journalist, author, artist and national special needs spokesperson. As the mother of twice-exceptional children, Sundstrom has been a guest speaker on Grassroots TV in Aspen, Colorado, and offers her support and advocacy to special needs families all over the country.

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