Beautiful paper flowers made from items you already have in your home

I’ve been making these paper flowers for years and always really love putting them together. I typically use them as table decorations or party favors. This year they will be a part of my Easter table and each of my guests will have a different colored one, filled with delicious Easter candy. It’s a quick, easy and inexpensive way to brighten up your table and delight your guests.


6 coffee filters, up to 3 washable markers, one paper or plastic cup, Spray bottle with water, glue gun, scissors, paper towel.

To begin, gather all of your supplies.

6 coffee filters, up to 3 washable markers, one paper or plastic cup, spray bottle with water, glue gun, scissors, paper towel.

Step 1 – Lay all six paper filters flat on top of each other and place them on a paper towel.

Step 2 – Color the top filter with any colors you like in any pattern you like just as long as you don’t leave too much white space. I recommend no more than 3 colors and they should all go together. Avoid pairing green with red, blue with orange or purple with yellow as when combined they make brown.

Step 3 – Making sure all of the filters are stacked neatly beneath the colored filter, spray the top filter with water until the entire stack is soaked through. Let the stack dry for about one hour. You can separate the stack about half way through the drying process if you would like them to dry faster.

When the filters are dried and are separated you will be that the color from the top filter will have bled through to all of the filters.

Step 4 – After the filters have completely dried, stack them again. Fold the stack of filters in half, then in half again and in half one more time. You should have a triangle the size of 1/8 of the filter. Use your scissors to trim a curved edge in the top (Large end) 1/8 of the filter. You can get creative with your edge. Try out points or use fancy scissors to make a cool petal look.

Step 5 – Cut your plastic or paper cup down so that it is about 1 1/2 inches high. Keep the base of the cup and discard the rest.

Step 6 – Unfold your filters and use your glue gun to glue one filter on the inside of the cup. Next glue one filter at a time on the outside of the cup. Put a dot of glue on the bottom of the cup then make a ring of glue around the outside of the cup. Place the center of the filter on the dot of glue then secure the sides. Continue with each individual filter in the same way. The first filter glued on the outside should cover the outside of the cup completely. The next four should only go part of the way up the side so you can fluff them out and create a nice bloomed flower look.

Layers of coffee filters glued individually make a beautiful flower.

Step 7- Let the glue dry completely and fill the flower with anything festive. Here are a few examples of Easter themed ideas.

Coffee filter flowers filled with candy
Coffee filter flowers with plastic Easter eggs

Enjoy this craft with children, friends and family. Delight your guests by using them as decor for your Easter party, brunch, kids party, baby or bridal shower.

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