How to Make Coffee Filter Flowers for Preschoolers: A Fun and Easy Craft Activity

I love doing craft activities with my preschooler, especially when they are fun, easy, and inexpensive. That’s why I was thrilled when I discovered how to make coffee filter flowers. This simple craft project is perfect for young children, as it improves their fine motor skills, encourages creativity, and allows them to explore different colors and textures. In this article, I will guide you through the process of making coffee filter flowers with your preschooler, step by step. So grab your supplies and let’s get started!

Gathering Supplies

Before we begin, let’s gather all the supplies we need. The good news is that you probably already have most of them at home. Here’s what you’ll need:
– Coffee filters: These can be found in any grocery store and are usually very affordable. If you don’t have coffee filters, you can also use white tissue paper or paper towels.
– Watercolor paints: Watercolor paints are great for this craft because they create beautiful and vibrant colors. If you don’t have watercolor paints, you can also use markers or crayons.
– Paintbrushes: You will need a few different sizes of paintbrushes for this craft. If you don’t have paintbrushes, you can use cotton swabs or even your fingers!
– Pipe cleaners: Pipe cleaners will be needed to create the stems of the flowers. You can find them at any craft store or online.
– Scissors: Make sure you have a pair of child-safe scissors for this activity.
– A spray bottle: This will be used to wet the coffee filters and create a watercolor effect. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can also use a cup of water and a paintbrush.

Creating the Flowers

Now that we have all our supplies ready, it’s time to start making the coffee filter flowers. Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Painting the Coffee Filters

Begin by laying out a few coffee filters on a flat surface. Let your preschooler choose which colors they want to use and encourage them to experiment with different shades. Once they have made their color selections, guide them in using the paintbrushes to gently apply the watercolor paints onto the coffee filters. They can drip or brush the paint onto the filters, creating beautiful patterns and designs. Encourage them to be as creative as they want!

Step 2: Adding Water

After the coffee filters are painted, it’s time to add water to create a watercolor effect. Fill the spray bottle with clean water and help your preschooler spray a small amount of water onto each painted coffee filter. Alternatively, they can dip a paintbrush into a cup of water and gently brush it onto the filters. The water will spread the paint and create a gorgeous tie-dye effect.

Step 3: Letting Them Dry

Once the coffee filters are adequately wet, set them aside to dry. This step is a great opportunity to teach your preschooler about patience and the importance of waiting for things to dry. It usually takes about 15-20 minutes for the coffee filters to dry completely, but you can use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to speed up the process if your little one is feeling impatient.

Step 4: Shaping the Flowers

Once the coffee filters are completely dry, it’s time to transform them into beautiful flowers. Help your preschooler lift one coffee filter and gather it in the middle, creating a small ruffled bundle. Then, use a pipe cleaner to secure the coffee filter at the gathered point, twisting it around a few times to keep it in place. The pipe cleaner will serve as the stem of the flower.

Step 5: Repeat and Decorate

Encourage your preschooler to repeat step 4 with the rest of the coffee filters until they have made multiple flowers. They can vary the size of the bundles by using different amounts of coffee filters for each flower. Once all the flowers are created, let your little one get creative and decorate them further. They can add glitter, sequins, or small cut-out leaves to make their flowers even more unique and special.

Displaying and Enjoying the Flowers

Now that your preschooler has created a beautiful bouquet of coffee filter flowers, it’s time to display and enjoy their masterpiece. Here are a few ideas on how to showcase the flowers:

– Create a vase: Help your little one find an empty jar or cup and fill it with a small amount of water. Arrange the coffee filter flowers inside the vase, and voila, you have a beautiful centerpiece for your table.
– Make a garland: Use a hole puncher to create small holes at the base of each coffee filter flower. Thread a string or twine through the holes, and your preschooler can hang their flower garland wherever they please.
– Decorate a picture frame: Let your young artist showcase their coffee filter flowers by attaching them to a picture frame using glue or tape. This way, they can admire their creation every time they look at their favorite photo.


Making coffee filter flowers with your preschooler is not only a fun and easy craft activity but also a great way to spend quality time together. By allowing their creativity to flourish and exploring different colors and textures, your little one will not only have a blast but also develop essential skills. So, the next time you’re looking for a creative and engaging activity to do with your preschooler, gather your supplies and enjoy making these beautiful coffee filter flowers together!

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