How to Make Beautiful Coffee Filter Flowers

How to Make Beautiful Coffee Filter Flowers

How to Make Beautiful Paper Flowers Using Coffee Filters

How to Make Paper Flowers Using Coffee Filters

If you want to make party decorations with paper flowers you should consider coffee filter flowers. I love making flowers with coffee filters – they are inexpensive, quick and easy. If you need a lot of flowers and the size works (they can range between 5 1/2″ – 6 1/2″ wide) they are a great way to go.

You can add them to a Paper flower backdrop, make DIY paper flower garland, Paper flower centerpieces and more. Some ask why you’d ever use coffee filters instead of tissue paper so let’s look at some pros and cons of each, comparing making the same size flowers.


coffee filter or tissue paper flower picture with arrows pointing to each one

PROS & CONS – coffee filters vs. tissue paper


  • 200 white coffee filters from Target: $1.59
    4 filters / flower = $0.03 / flower
  • 100 natural coffee filters from Walmart: $1.48
    4 filters / flower = $0.06 / flower
  • Tissue paper from Party City (8 sheets – 20″ x 20″): $1.50
    (4) 8″ x 8″ pieces / sheet = 1 flower
    8 flowers / pack = $0.19 / flower

Coffee filters for the win in the COST category.


Coffee Filter Flowers - the same food coloring give different results on white vs. natural colored filters


Tissue paper wins when it comes to color. You can buy tissue paper in a wide variety of colors – no dying them or waiting for them to dry. It is also next to impossible to achieve the bright, vibrant and consistent colors of tissue paper with coffee filters.

You can see how the same food coloring will give different results on a white coffee filter vs. a tan / natural filter. Experiment to see what you like!

You might now be wondering why anyone would use a coffee filter – other than the cost.


Tissue paper wins in the size versatility category. Coffee filter flowers are limited in size because of the size of the filters. Tissue paper can be used to make much larger flowers.

Coffee Filter Flowers - showing different ways to cut the petals and color or not color the flowers


You don’t have as much trimming to size with coffee filters as you do with tissue paper. You can simply fold, fluff and go with a coffee filter flower or you can cut the tips to change the shape of the flower petals.


Coffee filters won’t tear as easily as tissue paper so they are a great option to use with kids.


Coffee filter flowers are also a great way to teach kids about mixing colors and absorption of water on dry paper. Dipping the filters in colors or dropping colors onto the filters and watching them mix and bleed can be as much fun as the finished flowers.

Transforming Coffee Filters into Gorgeous Paper Flowers – VIDEO TUTORIAL

Watch the video to learn different ways to shape coffee filter flowers as well as how to color them with liquid food coloring.

00:00 intro
00:43 supplies
01:51 different petal shape options
02:46 why I like twine better than staples
02:55 making a coffee filter flower
04:11 how to cut curved petals
06:11 how to cut pointy petals
06:34 attach with staples
06:41 Bitty Buddy trash bin from The Gypsy Quilter
06:56 How to mix colors for coffee filters
08:48 making orange
09:19 making purple coffee filters
10:01 coloring the coffee filters
11:14 folding flat coffee filters
11:56 painting the petal edges
12:53 flower variations


☕️ 🌺 Leave a comment and let me know how and where you will use coffee filter flowers. If you post on social media be sure to tag me so I can see!

The Best Way to Fold Coffee Filters into Paper Flowers

The Best Way to Fold Coffee Filters into Paper Flowers

table with supplies to make Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee Filter Crafts: Making Stunning Paper Flowers

If you need a lot of paper flowers, are looking for a craft for a group with all skill levels or just want something fun to do with the kids one day, why not make coffee filter flowers! They are an inexpensive craft that’s fun for all ages. 

You can keep it simple and make them the color of the filters (white or natural) or have fun coloring them with food coloring, fabric dye, markers, crayons, paint and more.

In this blog post I’ll show you how to make the flowers with step-by-step instructions complete with photos. I also have a video tutorial that shows the process as well as how to color the filters with food coloring.

Coffee Filter flower supplies

The 4 things you need to make coffee filter flowers

To make the flowers you will need 4 things:

  • coffee filters
  • twine, string or ribbon
  • hole punch
  • scissors

Some people staple the flowers together but I find them harder to fluff open so I highly recommend the tied filter method I’ll show you now!


STEP 1: Use 4 coffee filters – plain or colored as desired. (fig. 1)

STEP 2: Layer the 4 filters. (fig. 2)

STEP 3: Fold in half. (fig. 3) Skip to step 9 for the fastest way to make the paper flowers.

STEP 4: Fold in half again. (fig. 4)

how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 1
(figure 1)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 2
(figure 2)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 3
(figure 3)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 4
(figure 4)

STEP 5: Fold in half one more time. (fig. 5)

STEP 6: Cut a shape for the petals. (fig. 6) Some people fold yet again but I find that too thick to cut well and it hurts my hand. So instead, I cut a double curve from the outside edge of the filters. You can cut one curve for a big petal, cut points, etc. Play with different shapes to see what you like.

STEP 7: My favorite petals are curved and look like a heart when I cut them. (fig. 7)

STEP 8: Unfold the filters until you have a half-circle again.. (fig. 8)

how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 5
(figure 5)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 6
(figure 6)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 7
(figure 7)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 8
(figure 8)

STEP 9: Punch a hole in the center, about 1/2″ from the folded edge. (fig. 9)

STEP 10: Tie a piece of twine, string, ribbon etc to hold the coffee filters together. I leave a few inches in case I want to tie or tape the flowers to whatever project I’m making them for. (fig. 10)

STEP 11: Open the coffee filters with the string on the bottom. Starting from the top filter, which will be the center of the flower, pinch the filter to create a shape you like. Continue with each filter. (fig. 11)

STEP 12: The bottom filter won’t be pinched much. In just a few minutes you will have a beautiful bloom! (fig. 12)

how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 9
(figure 9)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 10
(figure 10)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 11
(figure 11)
how to make Coffee Filter Flowers - step 12
(figure 12)

Different variations you can make

In the step-by-step example I used whilte filters I colored with yellow food coloring. If you paid close attention, you might have noticed a 5th orange filter was snuck in for the center in figure 11. 😉 It added a little extra color and made the flower just a little fuller.

Play with the number of filters, colors and ways to trim them to decide what you like best. At about $0.03 / flower it’s not an expensive experiment and a lot of fun!

Below are some examples of white and colored coffee filter flowers from filter shape to flower. The two flowers in the center skipped steps 4 – 8 and the flowers on the right had the petals trimmed as shown in the step-by-step instructions.


Coffee Filter Flowers - showing different ways to cut the petals and color or not color the flowers


Leave a comment and let me know which way you like the coffee filters best. Have you made them before? What will you use them for?

Party Planning Ideas that Will Leave Your Guests Amazed

Party Planning Ideas that Will Leave Your Guests Amazed

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