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46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Looking to get rid of your coffee filters? Here are unique craft ideas involving your disposable coffee filters.

Looking to get rid of your coffee filters? Here are unique craft ideas involving your disposable coffee filters.

Crafting With Inexpensive Supplies

All crafters love it when they can make a beautiful craft with inexpensive supplies. Coffee filters can be included in a list of those types of supplies.

When I started my search for coffee filter crafts, I was hoping to find some that were a little more than the usual butterfly or flower. I hope that you will find this article useful and that you will want to try a couple of these crafts.

To find the directions for the pom-poms shown above, go to Snowy Bliss.

White hydrangea wreath.

White hydrangea wreath.

1. White Hydrangea Wreath

Can you believe that such a beautiful wreath can be made using plain coffee filters? I love this project by picklee, where you'll also find the instructions.

Coffee filter twinkle lights.

Coffee filter twinkle lights.

2. Coffee Filter Twinkle Lights

For directions on how to make these beautiful twinkle lights, go to Craft Your Happiness.

Flowers and carrots.

Flowers and carrots.

3. Flowers and Carrots

I love these carrots and plan on making some of them to tuck into various Spring and Easter arrangements. Find the tutorial for making these carrots and also the treat cup flowers at URBAN Comfort. So especially cute!

Coffee filter ladybug.

Coffee filter ladybug.

4. Coffee Filter Ladybug

Make this cute coffee filter ladybug with the kids. Find the tutorial at Non Toy Gifts.

5. Coffee Filter Topiary

Below is a video on how to make a topiary using coffee filters.

Rainbow fish.

Rainbow fish.

6. Rainbow Fish

These rainbow fish get a little help from some aluminum foil to make them outstanding. Find the instructions at Crafty Morning.

Tea lights bowls.

Tea lights bowls.

7. Tea Lights Bowls

The picture shown doesn't show how beautiful these are when a battery-operated tea light is placed inside them. Go to Kids & Glitter for directions.

Snail suncatchers.

Snail suncatchers.

8. Snail Suncatchers

Another great craft that can be done with even the littlest crafter. Very easy to make and extra inexpensive. The directions are found at NO time for FLASHCARDS.

Monster marker prints.

Monster marker prints.

9. Monster Marker Prints

Get ready for Halloween by making a bunch of these monsters. For the directions, go to Housing a Forest.

Sunset cowboys.

Sunset cowboys.

10. Sunset Cowboys

Look at the attractive picture made with a coffee filter and a paper plate. This would be a great classroom project. For the directions, go to Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

Turkey feathers.

Turkey feathers.

11. Turkey Feathers

Coffee filters as turkey feathers. Kids will love using watercolors to paint the coffee filters for the turkey's feathers. To find this project, go to Stockpiling Moms.

Christmas tree.

Christmas tree.

12. Christmas Tree

I think this is an especially elegant-looking tree. I can imagine a few of these trees displayed, at different levels, on a candle lighted mantel. Go to CRAFTS BY Amanda for the directions.

13. Elegant Roses

Below is a video on how to craft elegant roses out of coffee filters.

Angel ornament for kids.

Angel ornament for kids.

14. Angel Ornament for Kids

I really like this angel ornament because it is easy enough for the kids to make, and beautiful enough to proudly hang the ornaments on the Christmas tree. Find the instructions for making these cuties at Fun Family Crafts. This would make a great class room art project before Christmas also.

Hoot owl.

Hoot owl.

15. Hoot Owl

This is a great-looking, spooky owl that is a perfect Halloween decoration or project. If you want to make a hoot owl too, go to Buggy and Bean.


16. Poppies

The directions for making this beautiful poppy can be found at Reality Daydream.


17. Coffee Filter Wreath

To make a beautiful, inexpensive wreath, go to Atkinson Drive for the tutorial.


18. Coffee Filter Dragonfly

What fun it will be to make dragonflies like the one shown above. Find the instructions at Darcy and Brian.


19. Paper Winter Tree

This beautiful winter tree looks like it takes forever to make, but according to the tutorial that you'll find at Centsational Girl, the most time consuming part of the craft is folding and cutting the coffee filters. I think this project would be worth however long it takes to make.



20. Roses, Roses, Roses

Another choice for making coffee filter roses. All are so beautiful. For the directions, go to la dolce villa.


21. Sparkling Angel Wing Ornaments

I love sparkling ornaments on the Christmas tree. They pick up and reflect the string lights beautifully. Imagine how beautiful a tree full of these angel wings will be. Find the tutorial and pattern at Crafts ala mode.


22. Batik Circles

We made these batik circles during one of our art classes and the kids really enjoyed the project. If you would like to do this project, go to Kids & Glitter for the directions.


23. Flower Brooch

What a beautiful brooch to make for Mother's day or in colors to match an outfit of your own. Go to Crafting a Green World for the directions.


24. Fluffy Lampshade

What an outstanding project this is. Any teen age girl would love to have this in her room. To make one, find the directions at shelterness.


25. Earth Day

With the theme, "He has the whole world in His hands," this could be a Sunday school project. See how to make this world look coffee filter project by going to Preschool Crafts for Kids.


26. Coffee Filter Angel Wings

Wouldn't these angel wings be a perfect decorative piece to hang in your little girl's, or teenaged girl's room? So very pretty! You'll find the pictured tutorial at thoughts from alice.


27. Pumpkins

An arrangement of these ever so easy pumpkins would make a great centerpiece. And inexpensively. Find the directions at the happier homemaker. If you don't have grapevine curls, make your own using a piece of wire wrapped around a pencil to shape it.


28. Coffee Filter Dancers

Start getting ready to welcome Spring by making these little dancers into a mobile. Go to One Little Projectfor the directions.


29. Sunflower Wreath

I love the looks of this sunflower wreath and really appreciate how inexpensive it is to make. The tutorial for making this coffee filter sunflower wreath can be found at small fry & co.

30. Daffodil Treat Cups

Below is a video on how to make daffodil treat cups out of coffee filters.


31. Patriotic Wreath

By going to the Diary of a Crafty Lady website, you'll be able to see how to make a beautiful red, white and blue wreath like the one shown above. A very nice coffee filter project to do with the kids.


32. Autumn Wreath

Be sure you visit this website to see how exceptionally beautiful this wreath is. The picture doesn't do it justice. You'll find the pictured tutorial at JONES DESIGN COMPANY. This is super elegant looking!


33. Napkin Rings

This is but one of the many variations of napkins rings that you'll find, with the directions, at The Brass Paperclip Project.


34. Buds on Twigs

This is a nice clean Spring look for any home, and very easy to make. For the directions for this project, go to balagokulam.


35. Dancing With Degas Art

This great classroom art project is from a teacher at Dream.Draw.Create. The kids would love doing this project.


36. Autumn Nature

Leaves made from dyed coffee filters and glued on a branch makes an outstanding décor statement. This very interesting project and it's instructions can be found at Patch O’ Dirt Farm.


37. Fall Leaf Garland

Make fall leaves using coffee filters and string them into a garland. To make a garland like this fall leaf garland, go to POPSUGAR MOMS. Think about decorating a classroom with garlands like this.


38. Coffee Filter Angel

It's hard to believe this beauty is made using coffee filters. Find the tutorial at Terry Ricioli Designs.


39. Rainbow and Cloud

Little Bins for Little Hands is the site name for this cute little rainbow and cloud project.


40. Spring Cabbage

Notice the way this spring cabbage is used in a centerpiece a Atta Girl Says, where you'll also find a tutorial.


41. Ocean Animal Suncatcher

This craft is perfect for toddlers who like to do projects but have a short attention span and like to get finished quickly. You'll find the list of supplies you'll need and the directions at A Little Pinch of Perfect.

42. Make Party Poms

Below is a video on how to craft party poms out of coffee filters.


43. Glue and Watercolor Leaves

Drawing the leaves and leaf veins with glue before painting with watercolors, makes these coffee filter leaves special. Go to Having Fun at Home to see how these autumn leaves are made.


44. Halloween Flowers

I love the idea that the "dirt" that the flowers are setting in is coffee grounds...imagine the aroma. See how to make the flowers and the arrangement at THE Siren’s TALE.


45. Coffee Filter Stars

The tutorial for making these beautiful coffee filter stars can be found at Sea Gypsy Studio. Here is another example of a craft that can be changed in looks so easily by just changing the colors. Of course, I love the tea dyed look of these stars. Some coffee filters come in this color.


46. Rainbow Fish

Making this rainbow fish will be so much fun for the kids, and also inexpensive to make. This really nice, easy to do project has instructions at Our Crafts~N~Things. Imagine all the beautiful colors to use making these fish.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

What's In Your Cup? - don't filter your comment

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on March 27, 2019:

Marianne does make beautiful paper flowers. I didn't find any sites with tutorials for making her kind of flowers, but I did find a few YouTube videos that are really interesting and I think will give you ideas on how to make your own creations. The YouTube videos are found at:

You can copy and paste the video urls

I hope this helps you with your flower making.

Linda kay on March 27, 2019:

I’m very interested in making An artists flowers out of tissue paper

Her name is Marianne Erickson Scott Hansen

Please could you (if possible), advise me how to create theses masterful flowers .

If you go on to Instagram you will find a collection of her amazing work.

Please advise if u can

Thank you


Michelllle on September 14, 2013:

These are great ideas for a teacher to do in the classroom. (I'm a teacher!) Love the bats, turkeys, and angel.

othellos on June 04, 2013:

Excellent lens. Your ideas with coffee filters are awesome. I could never think their usefulness in art. I bookmark your page for my children who are very interested in crafts. Thanks for sharing:=)

anonymous on May 26, 2013:

Such great ideas! I love this page, I'm going to pass it along to my daughter, she would love it as well.

Jogalog on February 05, 2013:

What unusual ideas. Some of these are so pretty.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on July 10, 2012:

Wow! Never knew there were so many uses for coffee filters! Thanks for these great craft ideas!

glutenallergy on April 25, 2012:

I had no idea there were so many things to be made with coffee filters. Many of the flowers are truly lovely.

anonymous on April 20, 2012:

I just love the tealight bowls, how clever and easy

jolou on April 20, 2012:

How creative and lovely! I especially love the roses.

anonymous on April 15, 2012:

I am using coffee filters as an economical wedding decoration. I am dyeing them with kool-aid.....

Gayle from McLaughlin on April 08, 2012:

I never thought of using a coffee filter to shine mirrors! Love the crafts--though I am craft challenged!

Senditondown from US on April 03, 2012:

Very unique and creative.

anonymous on March 29, 2012:

I just love the Coffee Filter Christmas Tree!

ChrisShaefer on March 20, 2012:

This is an excellent lens, thank you for the hard work and effort you put into this.I always love an informative publication that has some substance. I have a few coffee articles of my own. Please stop by and share a little love.Thanks again, 2 thumbs up and a LIKE for you!Shaefercd

girlfriendfactory on March 04, 2012:

Wow, I love all of the creative ideas and even better were the terrific tips you added in between all of the fun crafty pictures! I don't drink coffee but I may start buying the filters due to the handy uses and for craft purposes! :)Fabulous job and more than worthy of a Flyby Winging which can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless More! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this. ~Ren

sweetstickyrainbo on March 04, 2012:

I like the paper flowers

petraskarja on February 26, 2012:

I would love to do something like that in my own house :) nice

SPhilbrick on February 24, 2012:

Excellent project and tips ! After just making dozens and dozens of coffee filter flowers for an upcoming party; I can attest to their versatility! Great job :-)

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on February 23, 2012:

These are all great inexpensive projects I can do with my young art students. Thanks for the ideas.

sherioz on February 22, 2012:

The roses are unbelievable!

mommafox on February 22, 2012:

WOW! Nice projects. I can't wait to try to make the roses with my daughter. She's going to love them.

gods_grace_notes on February 21, 2012:

I love the turkey napkin rings!

buttonhead lm on February 21, 2012:

WOW! Who would have thought there were so many crafty uses for coffee filters?! I absolutely love the lampshade. So creative!

buttonhead lm on February 21, 2012:

WOW! Who would have thought there were so many crafty uses for coffee filters?! I absolutely love the lampshade. So creative!

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on February 20, 2012:

Really cool. I'd made ghosts before, but those flowers are awesome!

KarenCookieJar on February 20, 2012:

I love the roses, very pretty

RazzbarryBreeze on February 20, 2012:

This is so cool. I will most definitely try this. I am showing this to my sister who will be helping me plan my daughter's baby shower. How cute will these flowers look on the tables for decorations? I can't wait to start this. Gr8 Lens. Blessings coming your way!

getmoreinfo on February 19, 2012:

This is such a unique craft idea, I like it. I will have to add this to my collection.

Ann Hinds from So Cal on February 19, 2012:

I have just pulled a bunch of fabric and paper flower tutorials and I am glad to see this one because you show one that I don't have. Great crafts.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on February 19, 2012:

These are great craft ideas and the tips! I love the flower brooch and buds on twigs. So nice, and you wouldn't know they were coffee filters!!

Sheila from Omaha, NE on February 19, 2012:

Amazing lens, I am completely blown away by the creativity shown here!! And as a coffee lover, I couldn't help but be intrigued!! Now... if you could only come up with such a beautiful for USED coffee filters, ha ha... seriously, wonderful lens, blessed by a Squid Angel.