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Coffee Filter Snowflake Tutorial

Jamie loves writing about DIY projects, decorating on a budget, craft ideas, and creative ways to reuse and upcycle products.

pretty snowflakes from coffee filters

pretty snowflakes from coffee filters

How to Make a Snowflake From a Coffee Filter

This is my kind of craft: quick, simple, inexpensive, and fun! I was thinking about some way to do snowflakes out of something besides just paper and decided to give a coffee filter a try.

I really like how it turned out. I like how they are a little more sheer than paper. This is a suitable craft for both kids and adults. You can make the snowflakes as simple or intricate as you like.

Needing a few ideas about what to do with your finished snowflakes? Here are a few:

  • Hang them in your windows
  • String them together to make a garland
  • Cut different sizes of them and make a snowflake curtain
  • Scatter them down the center of the dinner table for decoration
  • Use fishing line and hang them from a chandelier or the ceiling
  • Use them to decorate the Christmas tree
  • Use them for backgrounds in scrapbook layouts
  • Use as stencils
This is all you'll need to make a coffee filter snowflake.

This is all you'll need to make a coffee filter snowflake.

What You Need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors

Step 1- Fold the Filter Four Times

Flatten out the coffee filter and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again, then again and then one more time. You will fold it 4 times total. You will be left with a little wedge.

Fold in half

Fold in half

Fold the half in half

Fold the half in half

Fold in half again

Fold in half again

You should end up with a small wedge

You should end up with a small wedge

Step 2- Cut It

Cut the design by making cuts into each side of the wedge. You can cut out all kinds of shapes and designs. Do a search online for snowflake templates—there are lots of them out there. Experiment and have fun with it. . . no two will look exactly alike, and you will be surprised the beautiful looking snowflakes you can end up with!


Step 3- Unfold

After cutting, carefully unfold and watch as your gorgeous snowflake appears!

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Gently unfold

Gently unfold

Enjoy your pretty snowflake!

Enjoy your pretty snowflake!

Tips and Ideas

  • If your filters are too wrinkly, you could try ironing it. It may also help to iron the wedge after you have folded it for more accurate cutting as well.
  • If you feel like the coffee filter is too flimsy, try gluing two together with adhesive spray to make it a bit stiffer before cutting the flake.
  • You can also try hairspray, ironing starch etc. to stiffen them... Ya never know. It might work!
  • Add some shimmer by spraying or sprinkling them with glitter or shimmer mist.
  • If you want them colored you could paint them with watercolors, watered down acrylics or alcohol inks.

What I Did With My Snowflakes

snowflakes hanging from chandelier

snowflakes hanging from chandelier

snowflake garland

snowflake garland

More Snowflakes....


Thank you for dropping by. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and hopefully I have inspired you to make one or a few coffee filter snowflakes. Happy crafting!


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 07, 2019:

These are so lovely. Back in the day when we still had time to do something really crafty with children we used to make these in January and hang them around the room. Thanks for the memories. Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

Londonlady- Thank you so much!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

Suzanne Day- I'm so glad you found this useful..I'm hoping to get back started on doing some tutorials soon... Thank you so much for dropping by!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

janshares- Thank you so much :) I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

Paradise7- Thank you so much!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

ShyeAnne- Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it :)

Deya Writes on December 12, 2013:

Ooo, these are beautiful. I love making snowflake crafts. I will try some of these out

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on December 12, 2013:

Brilliant hub, and it looks like a definite no-mess 5 minute project! Am going to make these with my kids. Voted up, shared and pinned. More please!!!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on December 12, 2013:

Hi jamie, love this tutorial on making snowflakes. I've been making these from as far back as I can remember. I loved making them with kids during counseling sessions around the holidays. Thanks for the good reminder of how fun these are to make and how each one is so original. Voted up, useful, and beautiful.

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on December 12, 2013:

These are really pretty! I think my sister and I might like to try this. Seems foolproof to me. Snowflakes for dummies!! Yeah!

ShyeAnne from Qualicum Bay, British Columbia, Canada on November 29, 2013:

Great idea, voted up and liked on Facebook. Tis the Season!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 23, 2013:

Thank you for dropping by... glad you liked this!

ryanjhoe from Somewhere over the rainbow on March 20, 2013:

Looks awesome, would love to try it and your design is really great and nice. Thank you for sharing!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 15, 2013:

rajan jolly- Thank you for visiting.. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub! Thank you so much for the positive feedback and vote up :)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 14, 2013:

Such pretty pictures of these awesome looking snowflakes Jamie! Very creative and thanks for sharing such a simple and creative idea.

Voted up, useful and awesome.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 07, 2013:

vespawoolf- Aww.. thanks! I actually did spray these with the glimmer spray but it didn't come through well in the photos. So glad you enjoyed the hub.. thank you for dropping by!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 07, 2013:

I admire your creativity and agree--I like crafts that are quick and easy! I also like the idea of a sparkly spray for the snowflakes. What a fun craft. Thanks for sharing!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 04, 2013:

Rosie writes- Oh, goodness! That is frustrating to go to the store for something so common and they are all out. Recently I wanted to purchase some freezer paper but didn't realize how hard it was to find.. had looked at Wal-Mart and some local Dollar stores. I was surprised to finally find it at the local grocery store. You could use a few of your cone shaped filters too if you wanted for varying sizes. Just lay them flat and cut a circle from them, leaving you two smaller circles. The actual flakes will be smaller but still just as pretty :) I can imagine how many of these hanging from the ceiling will be a beautiful winter wonderland! I bet the kids will love it and have fun with it :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 04, 2013:

agusfanani- Thank you :) The coffee filters are so much thinner and easier to cut than just plain paper so it allowed for more intricate design. Glad you like them and as always, thanks so much for dropping by!

Audrey Surma from Virginia on January 04, 2013:

Jamie, silly me, I didn't realize that my coffee filters were the cone-shape! I went to buy the round ones and the store was all out - will have to try another store. I am doing a descriptive writing lesson around snowflakes and we are going to have them hanging from the ceiling in the classroom. It will be so pretty!

agusfanani from Indonesia on January 03, 2013:

Your creativity has been able to change something plain and simple into very attractive creations.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 02, 2013:

teaches- Aww.. thank you but I'm sure yours were pretty too! Some of those more intricate ones did take a little practice but I enjoy anything to do with crafts. So glad you enjoyed the hub.. and I thank you for your lovely compliment- it means a lot!

Dianna Mendez on January 01, 2013:

Jamie, I have made so many of these over the years and I have to say none were as pretty as these you created. Your have great talent and creativity. Lovely post.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan- I am glad you enjoyed this... I really love doing these.. it's instant gratification and love seeing how each one turns out. I want to make more even though I have already made a ton of! Thank you for the votes up and sharing :) I know you will have fun making them and Happy 2013 to you!!

Claudia Mitchell on December 31, 2012:

Awesome, up, shared ! This is super cool and I am going to get out the coffee filters after I'm done here. What a great idea. Thanks.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2012:

Rose Writes- Thank you.. so glad you found this useful! I know your 4th graders will love it. Thanks so much for dropping by and for the pin and tweet!!

Audrey Surma from Virginia on December 31, 2012:

This is an awesome idea! I have several boxes of coffee filters and will be doing this craft with my 4th graders soon! Thanks for this unique idea and your beautiful pictures. Tweeted and pinned!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

RTalloni- No objection here... link away :) Glad you enjoyed the hub!

RTalloni on December 30, 2012:

Neat flakes you have there. :) What a fun winter craft this is to do with kids on a too-wet-and-grey-to-go-outside-day! Linking to my make an online snowflake hub, if you have no objection.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

MikeR1- Thank you! They were lots of fun to make. They also shimmer but I couldn't get the camera to pick it up. Glad you enjoyed this.. thank you so much for dropping by and Happy 2013 to you :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

learner365- You are so welcome! Thank you for the votes up and positive feedback. Happy 2013 to you :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

KDeus- Thank you! I know what you mean about not getting a lot of snow.. this is one of the reasons I love snowflake crafts so much. We were lucky enough to get a white Christmas this year though.. the first one I've seen in all of my 39 years! I love using the coffee filters because they are much easier to cut than paper.. allowing for more intricate cuts. Have fun and thank you for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

billybuc- Great minds think alike ;0) I bet it was like a winter wonderland... how fun! We had a wonderful WHITE Christmas this year... very rare here in Texas. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas as well... and Happy 2013 to you and your loved ones :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

faythef- Thank you for the vote up! Have fun making some snowflakes :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

Kris Heeter- Me too... I always loved making paper snowflakes! Using coffee filters is even better because it's easier to cut through than the paper, makes it easier for more intricate cuts. Glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 30, 2012:

stephanieb27- How fun....I bet they all looked super cute! I had tons of fun doing them myself :) Thanks so much for dropping by!

MikeR1 from Denver, CO on December 30, 2012:

Very interesting and informative how to hub, I will never look at coffee filters the same way again! I really like the picture of the coffee filter snowflakes hanging from the chandelier.

Saadia A on December 29, 2012:

This looks like a very nice and easy, fun craft for people of all ages :) Thanks for sharing such an interesting idea.

Voted up and awesome !!!

Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 29, 2012:

Coffee filters for snowflakes! What a great idea! I've always used paper and had to cut it and make sure it was square. This will be a fun project for us since we don't get snow here, we'll make our own! I love what you did with the chandelier!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 29, 2012:

Amazingly, Jamie, we made these this Christmas and had them hanging from our ceiling. LOL Who would have believed it, right?

I hope you had a great Christmas, and Happy New Year to you.

Faythe Payne from USA on December 29, 2012:

So pretty..going to make up

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 29, 2012:

Making paper snowflakes was one of my favorite winter pastimes when I was a kid. I love this idea of using coffee filters!

stephanieb27 from United States on December 29, 2012:

We made these for my son's kindergarten classroom party, so cute!! :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 29, 2012:

Jackie- I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! I did actually spray some of them with glimmer mist and they turned out really pretty.. it was hard to get the camera to pick it up though. I may try to add more pics later. Thanks for dropping by :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 29, 2012:

What fun! I have hundreds of coffee filters, I have got to try these, thank you! Glitter add would be sooo pretty. Oh and I am sure it will be fun for the kids too, lol. ^

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 29, 2012:

carol- Aww.. thank you Carol.. you are so sweet! I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well..and hope the new year brings you many blessings. You deserve it! Glad you enjoyed the hub :) PS Thanks for the vote up and pin, too!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 29, 2012:

You are so clever and what a great craft for need only two things. The photos are great and they look lovely. Voting up and Pinning...Hope you had a great Christmas and 2013 brings all good things for you Jamie..your hubber friend.