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How to Make Flowers From Coffee Filters: 8 Patterns and Tips

I'm an ex-horse trainer who loves making arts and crafts. Read on for how to make lovely items at home!

Coffee filters aren't just for coffee anymore!

Coffee filters aren't just for coffee anymore!

Wait . . . I Can Make Flowers From Coffee Filters?

I enjoy paper crafts and have made many tissue paper flowers over the years. When I heard about a flower-making method with coffee filters, I was intrigued and had to try it. I was amazed at how easy and effective these flowers were to make—with supplies you probably have in your cupboard!

I'm sharing my eight favourite tutorials below. I can't say which one I like best because they're all beautiful. Really . . . the flowers are gorgeous! If you can't decide on a colour, try a lovely crisp white or beautiful antique brown and go from there. There's a video tutorial, flower inspiration, and tips to help you get started. Most of these tutorials use bowl coffee filters except the first one, which uses cones. I hope you enjoy making your own custom flowers!

Flower Patterns:

  1. Roses
  2. Rose/Peony
  3. Peony
  4. Hydrangea
  5. Camellia
  6. Small Rose
  7. Peony
  8. Gladioli

Even though a few tutorials are for the same flower, they all look different and can be customized to look like other flowers!

My second flower was a big tea rose.

My second flower was a big tea rose.

Why Should I Use Coffee Filters?

Here are five reasons why you should try making these flowers.

  1. They are the right shape. Most flower patterns require circles and coffee filters are circles!
  2. They are the right size: small, medium and large.
  3. They have the perfect texture and thickness for crinkling.
  4. They hold colour perfectly, and they come in white or brown
  5. They are inexpensive and handy. For a few dollars, you could make hundreds of them (depending on where you buy them). For a flower in a pinch, you're likely to have at least a few filters on hand.

The results are stunning, and here are just a few ideas for how to use them to get your creative juices flowing!

  • Arrangements for the home or for gifts.
  • Wreaths or garlands: They can be seasonal or made to be used all year round.
  • Party or wedding decorations: They don't cost a lot but make a big impact!
  • Anything else that you love to do with flowers!
Here are some beautiful pink-edged roses.

Here are some beautiful pink-edged roses.

1. Rose Tutorial

This rose is the most complicated of the tutorials, but it's well worth it. The resulting rose looks stunningly real.

What You'll Need:

  • 8 Cone Filters, (eight will make one rose)
  • 16-gauge Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Flat Brush
  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Gluestick
Coffee Filter Flowers - Yellow and White Peonies

Coffee Filter Flowers - Yellow and White Peonies

2. Peony Coffee Filter Tutorial

These peonies are pictured in yellow. Feel free to use whatever colors you like best!

What You'll Need:

  • 60 Coffee Filters: Make sure they're standard-sized
  • 2 Tubes Water-Based Paint: Choose colors that are similar in tones, such as yellow/orange, pink/red, or blue/purple.
  • 3 Containers
  • 3 Cups of Water: You'll pour one cup of water into each container.
  • 10 Plastic Drinking Straws
  • Masking Tape: Use green tape if you want a covered stem, but any tape will work.

Hint: For Small Flowers

You can use muffin or cupcake baking cups for mini flowers!

Fun Snowball or Hydrangea Style Flowers. Blue Coffee Filter Flowers - With or Without Fragrance

Fun Snowball or Hydrangea Style Flowers. Blue Coffee Filter Flowers - With or Without Fragrance

3. Hydrangea Tutorial

This is an easy hydrangea pattern. The tutorial suggests adding a fragrance to your flower—what a great idea!

What You'll Need:

  • Large Coffee Filters (40 per pom)
  • Watercolors
  • Cotton Yarn
  • Aromatherapy Oils (optional): This is only necessary if you want the pom-poms to have a fragrance.
  • Scissors
  • Large Needle
Here are some lovely and enchanting rolled coffee filter rosettes.

Here are some lovely and enchanting rolled coffee filter rosettes.

4. Small Rose Coffee Filter Paper Tutorial

You'll use the spiral technique to make these rosettes, and it works brilliantly. They're just lovely and look superb on a wreath.

What You'll Need:

  • Dyed coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
Peach Coffee Filter Flowers - Peony. Lively, Fresh Peony Flowers

Peach Coffee Filter Flowers - Peony. Lively, Fresh Peony Flowers

5. Peony Tutorial 2.0

This is another version that has detailed instructions, including how to add colour to filters. These would look great in a huge bunch!

What You'll Need:

  • Five White Coffee Filters
  • Food Coloring
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Florist Tape
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Pie Pan: Make sure it's small and shallow.
Gladioli Coffee Filter Flowers

Gladioli Coffee Filter Flowers

6. Gladioli Tutorial

This is an inspired design that is more involved than simple flowers.

What You'll Need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Watercolor paint

How to Dye Coffee Filters With Acrylic Paint

Generally, you mix paint or food dye in a bowl with water and dip the filters in to colour them.

  1. Mix the colour you want on a plate. I used about a 3 cm. chunk of paint from a small-sized tube and about three cups of water. This gave a pale, delicate colour to the flowers. The bolder the colour you want, the more paint you need to add to the water.
  2. Add it to the water. I found I had to work quite hard to dissolve it thoroughly in the water! Any undissolved chunks of paint showed up as spots of colour on the filters, but I don't think it's a major problem.

How to Dye Filters With Food Coloring

Food dye also works very well. The colour strength can range from pastel (two drops) to quite deep (five drops or more). This was with about two cups of water. I found using food dye to be the easiest (and cheapest) colour method.

  • If you want a great natural colour effect, dye separate filters in several shades of the same colour and use the different shades in each flower.
  • Another way to differentiate your filters is to dye the edge in a deeper shade or a different colour.
  • Use a spray bottle for a mottled look. Do this in a deeper shade or different colour altogether for a unique effect.

Helpful Tips

Here are a few things I learned as I made these flowers. I hope you find them useful!

  • Coffee filters dry quite quickly on their own. I did use a blow dryer at one point when I was drying a lot of them and had no time to wait. Just keep it pointed away from all the filters except the one you are drying! All it takes is a few seconds of blasting each one to speed up the process.
  • Squeeze the filters out from the dye bath to remove excess water. They are tough and can handle it.
  • Don't worry about getting them perfectly flat to dry. Even if a part is folded over, it will not stick together when it's dry.
  • If you have white or brown filters, you can achieve a nice effect by scrunching and flattening them before starting a pattern. However, letting the existing ruffles around the edge remain works nicely too. Try both ways!

Earth-Friendly Craft Tip

Oxygen-bleached white filters are better for the environment than chlorine-bleached filters.

Would you like to make a coffee filter flower? - Which is your favourite?

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Tina on March 31, 2019:


Robin Carretti from Hightstown on February 22, 2018:

So creatively thought out I also did something with the coffee holders painted them and I put craft things inside but this is beyond anything a flower is worth so much more than one coffee cup and filter what an amazing work of art glittered

Suzanne on December 30, 2017:

On your rolled flowers, the link for directions opens your comments but no pictures. How can I access the pictures?

Thank you so much,


Nimblepins (author) on April 23, 2015:

The peonies are my favourite too - they have big impact and are just gorgeous. Thanks for visiting.

Nimblepins (author) on April 23, 2015:

I absolutely recommend it! How about a big beautiful bunch of roses?

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 14, 2015:

i must try this craft

RTalloni on March 14, 2015:

These are tromp l'oeil flowers, and they may be some of the prettiest paper filter examples I've seen. Choosing a favorite is difficult. I think I would try peonies first, though. Thanks for the listed tutorial links.

Nimblepins (author) on February 04, 2015:

Thanks, Peachpurple, and they're so easy too!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 03, 2015:

these flowers are so beautiful and looks like real. Thanks for the links and pic, voted up

Nimblepins (author) on January 16, 2015:

sharlee01, Thank You. I love crafting too!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 12, 2015:

Beautiful, you have done a great job showing us and giving the link to how they are made.

They look like real flowers I would enjoy viewing them in my house, but I'm not so sure my old fingers would get them looking so nice.

htmlhomie on January 10, 2015:

Seems like there hasn't been many comments lately, but really is a great article! Thank You :)

Sharlee on January 10, 2015:

I love crafting. I really enjoyed your lens, well written, and very informative. I can see you put a lot of work into it. Thanks for sharing. Nice to find a fellow Squid....

Nimblepins (author) on May 28, 2014:

@acreativethinker: Thank you!

acreativethinker on March 06, 2014:

Beautiful flower craft and lens. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

whats4dinner on March 05, 2013:

Love the Camilia Coffee Filter Paper Flower. These are truly wonderful!

MomOnTheGo LM on January 27, 2013:

what a great idea! You've got me thinking!

mrdata on January 04, 2013:

very nice lens! I love flowers!

Bobbing4Apples on December 26, 2012:

Your lens makes me think about my dad. He is always making coffee filter flowers and loves making rose bouquets out of restaurant napkins. Thanks for the warm memories!

anonymous on November 10, 2012:

Thanks so much for including me in your post about coffee filter flowers - I really appreciate it! Anyone is welcome to contact me with questions, and I'll help all I can.

MKEflorist on October 26, 2012:

A few years back, I worked with a bride who made pink peonies out of coffee filters. She asked to have us include them in her bridal bouquet. She used heavier gauge wire, rather than skewers to make the stems bendable. They looked great combined with fresh flowers.

anonymous on October 19, 2012:

I have made many coffee filter flowers.where can I post them to display my work?

Frugal-UK LM on August 22, 2012:

hi just passed by, love the lens

getmoreinfo on August 22, 2012:

These Coffee Filter Flowers are wonderful.

LoveLoveLoveIt on July 29, 2012:

I am having a blast putting these roses together ! What I like to do now is go to a local craft store , look at there artificial flowers (The Shade of Color I like , mixed with the Certain Flower I like ) and I make a mental note and recreate it at home !! (You can buy just 1 if your not that savvy and still have a model of it to go on ) I get new ideas just by putting a title ex. ( Roses) into Google Images Search and see what's new Real or otherwise ! Have Fun my Friends !

acreativethinker on July 25, 2012:

This is such a creative art and very beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing. :)

bigjoe2121 on July 25, 2012:

these are very pretty :)

youngKwon on July 23, 2012:

beautiful flowers!

remicallens on July 22, 2012:

Lots of good information.

rubyandmahoney on July 14, 2012:

Who would have thought those flowers have such humble beginnings? :-) I love them all!

Nimblepins (author) on July 14, 2012:

@chairmann3: Go for it!

Nimblepins (author) on July 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Yes! I'd love to have done these for my wedding if only I'd known then!

Nimblepins (author) on July 12, 2012:

@Matt_Lowe: Oh go on! You'd be surprised!

Nimblepins (author) on July 12, 2012:

@leonasharon: Thanks for coming! I left you a comment on your new lens

JennySui on July 11, 2012:

Congrats on LotD!

steph-naylor on July 11, 2012:

great lens

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@robert_atchison: Hope she gives it a try!

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@kayla_harris: Thank you and you're welcome!

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@Haveagood1: Thank you very much. Her rose is stunning

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@valheisey: Glad you like them!

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@esvoytko lm: Thanks! I love the blue ones, they remind me of hydrangeas

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@WinAPS4: Yes - they're a quick craft too

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@DebMartin: Thanks!

Nimblepins (author) on July 09, 2012:

@sydeli: Absolutely!

DebMartin on July 08, 2012:

Wow. Who knew. Well done lens. d

sydeli on July 05, 2012:

One of these on a hair clip will look fantastic with a dress I'm making. They're so beautiful; I'll definitely try this.

anonymous on July 05, 2012:

@coolmark2012: These are so cool! Such a big variety of types of flowers to be made from coffee filters. Ingenious!

robert_atchison on July 04, 2012:

never even seen this before I'll have to share it with my wife..

WinAPS4 on July 03, 2012:

Never seen these before! They're so beautiful, I'll definitely have to try these out at the weekend.

esvoytko lm on July 02, 2012:

I'd never seen these before. I really like those blue ones you made in the last photo!

valheisey on July 01, 2012:

Love these flowers - they have a unique look unlike a silk flower. Very trendy! I am going to pin this post! Thanks!

Haveagood1 on June 30, 2012:

Outstanding lens! Congratulations on being LOTD, you've earned it! (My favorite was the Martha Stewart coffee filter rose btw)

kayla_harris on June 29, 2012:

Very beautiful pictures! And thanks for sharing this useful Lens about making a coffee filter flower!

leonasharon on June 28, 2012:

Really great ideas, Going to try them myself now.

If you love paintings do see my new lens.

Matt_Lowe on June 28, 2012:

These are really cool, but if i tried making one of these, there is no way they would turn out this good LOL!

anonymous on June 28, 2012:

What a great lens. I have never seen this before, but look at the possibilities.

chairmann3 on June 26, 2012:

Thanks for the ideas. I have a years supply of coffee filters. I don't think I'll use all of them, so look out for my flowers

MizzMary on June 25, 2012:

I love crafty people, they brighten up the day for everybody.

miaponzo on June 24, 2012:

I WOULD and congrats on the lens of the day. :) I wish I could bless this lens again!

stillrunnin88 on June 24, 2012:


anonymous on June 24, 2012:

Wonderful craft, thanks for sharing :)

Jwittier on June 24, 2012:


ryokomayuka from USA on June 24, 2012:

Wonderful and every creative lens. At work we have so many extra coffee filters this would be something to do with them.

Success_At_School on June 24, 2012:

So lovely! I thought they were real for a moment.

Nimsrules LM on June 24, 2012:

Superb lens. Wonderful art!

UKGhostwriter on June 24, 2012:

Great lens and I've pinned ut !!

vegetablegardenh on June 24, 2012:

Beautiful lens on a really neat idea.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on June 24, 2012:

I love the roses from Martha Stewart. Congrats on LotD!

asiliveandbreathe on June 24, 2012:

Such a clever and unusual craft idea!

I'll share this with my Facebook friends.

sdmary on June 24, 2012:

Some great ideas here. I've used tissue paper before, but just for faux carnations. I was quite impressed with the gladioli and the peonies!

WriterJanis2 on June 23, 2012:

Great job to get LOTD!

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

Very nice.

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

Thanks this is a wonderful and creative lens.

nailin12 on June 23, 2012:

@Craftypicks: Beautiful lens. A friend of mine likes to make origami flowers but I never thought about making paper flowers with coffee filters. How creative!

nailin12 on June 23, 2012:

@Craftypicks: Beautiful lens. A friend of mine likes to make origami flowers but I never thought about making paper flowers with coffee filters. How creative!

nailin12 on June 23, 2012:

@Craftypicks: Beautiful lens. A friend of mine is good at making origami flowers but I never thought about making paper flowers with coffee filters. What a creative idea!

mysweetjane lm on June 23, 2012:

Wow I would never have thought of doing this! Great lens

Frankie Kangas from California on June 23, 2012:

Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD. I love the idea and they are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. Bear hugs, Frankster

veelgeldverdienen on June 23, 2012:

Very good Lens

coolmark2012 on June 23, 2012:

Cool Lens

coolmark2012 on June 23, 2012:

@Fcuk Hub: Great

jazziyarbrough on June 23, 2012:

Yes I would love to make a coffee filter flower. I don't have a favorite as they all are equally very beautiful to me. Thanks for sharing

KimGiancaterino on June 23, 2012:

They're all very pretty. Congratulations on LOTD!

fittrainerkyle on June 23, 2012:

awesome tutorial! I'm going to make some for my girlfriend. =P


DimitriPreacher on June 23, 2012:

Congrats on LOTD!!

fryroost on June 23, 2012:

Lovely flower thanks for this awesome lens! :)

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ae dc on June 23, 2012:

ohh.. this is soo nice...! : )

KonaGirl from New York on June 23, 2012:

I love making coffee filter flowers! This lens is well done and I enjoyed your photos. Congrats on LOTD! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Arts & Design » So Crafty Magazine" neighborhood.

DeimonJai on June 23, 2012:

Great lens here. Keep it up.

Close2Art LM on June 23, 2012:

very cool artistic lens, Blessed

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

I remember making coffee filter flowers with pip cleaners, definitely not as advance and stunning as these. Your flowers are beautiful!

anne mohanraj on June 23, 2012:

A lovely lens!

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

Super cool work!

GabStar on June 23, 2012:

Wow these are great!

Sharon Bellissimo from Toronto, Canada on June 23, 2012:

These are incredible and so realistic. Great lens, I had no idea you could produce these beauties out of coffee filters!

Fushi LM on June 23, 2012:

This is a awesome idea of making best form waste, a real use of an artistic mind and loving heart

EpicFarms on June 23, 2012:

I would LOVE to make a coffee filter flower - they are surprisingly beautiful (who knew? ;o) I liked both the peony and tea rose in the video.

Nicely done lens and a well-deserved LoTD!

biminibahamas on June 23, 2012:

Fun lens!

felisajale on June 23, 2012:

great art