Inexpensive easter baskets can be taken one step further and made very happy with these beautiful dyed coffee filter flowers. The paper flower tutorial from my Galentines Day in a January segment for Studio 5 can be found HERE! It demonstrates how to dye the coffee filters and create these full and ruffled flowers. These are finger guards I shared with my KSL viewers during today’s segment. They protect your fingers from serious glue gun burns. Save your identity and your fingerprints; these are the best! Hold your hot glued items in place to allow for the cooling time to stabilize your flowers in place before moving your fingers!
Below I show how many coffee filter used of each color to create the flower displayed. For the centers, put the together, layer upon layer and then once you have them all twisted together, cut off about 1-1/2″ off the bottom. Then dab a glob of glue on the bottom to add the first petal layer to. Keep adding glue and petal layer until the flower is complete.
Below is the download for the flower petals template for this flower. It’s easy! Use it as a guide and create your own shapes of petals.
The red scissors shown above are actually herb cutting scissors but I use them for fringing paper. They can be found in local craft or specialty kitchen stores. Make sure you are cutting at least 5 or 6 coffee filters at a time though, because these scissors really don’t cut through just one. If you cut through just one is becomes too wimpy and the filter paper gets lost in the blades.
For these coffee filters I colored back in 2012 and used just regular craft paint to color. The Rit dye is easier to work with a has a more consistent color tone in the end. I didn’t use as much water with these color batches and poured nearly the entire bottle in to get the color desired. Keep in mind, if you don’t mix the paint in the water really well, the paint goops up and almost becomes a glue that binds the stack of filters together, making it hard to pull them apart. It still works, but just make sure the paint is fully dissolved in the water.
Thrift and dollar stores are great resources to find inexpensive baskets. If you don’t like the color it is, Rustoleum and Krylon carry new updated colors that make these old 80’s baskets come alive again.