Coffee Filter Flowers Kids Craft

Good Morning, and Happy Summer, We R fans! Jen McDermott here, celebrating Kids Craft week with a fun activity you can do with your kids, neighbors, grandkids, nieces and nephews, whoever!  Maybe you’re like me and recently switched to a single cup coffee maker, and now you’re wondering what you’re going to do with all of those leftover coffee filters. Grab them, a few kids, and some washable markers, and you can get to work!

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It was a rainy afternoon, and the kids were  getting fidgety, so it was the perfect time to break out the craft supplies.  First, I spread out some paper to use as a “drop cloth” under the coffee filters. They do bleed quite a bit.  Then I passed out  a couple of coffee filters to each kid, lots of washable markers, and told them to create a colorful masterpiece.  They were loving it.

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Next, we spread out a kitchen rag and placed our coffee filters on top, and gave them a good, thorough spritzing with a spray bottle.

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My three-year-old wanted to help, so I filled up a baby syringe with water and let her squirt it out on her masterpiece.

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After you spritz down your filters, lay them all out to dry; you want them nice and crinkly for the next step.

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Now, you’re going to gather your dry filters, a Crop a Dile Big Bite, and a Flower Stem Kit.  Layer a couple of filters on top of eachother and and fold it up a bit in the middle, to give it some dimension.

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Then, take it over to your Big Bite, and punch a 3/16 hole right in the middle. What I love about using the Big Bite is that you can get right into the middle of your filters to punch easily. Next, grab your Flower Stem kit, and assemble your flowers with the parts in the kit.  I love that after I’m done displaying the flowers my kids made, I can reuse the parts from the kit to make a different flower arrangement with my Flower Punch Board.

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Arrange them in a cute vase (or mason jar or milk bottle!) and you are ready to go! A fun, rainy day activity to keep the kids busy! (And how pumped will they be that you are displaying their artwork in a fun way?)

What is your favorite rainy day activity to do with the kids? Share with us!!

 

Supplies:

Flower Stem Kit
Crop a Dile Big Bite
Precision Glass Cutting Mat

 

 

Flower Letters

Hello! Samantha here on the last day of Flower Punch Board week. I’ve loved seeing how versatile this tool is, and today I thought I’d add one more use to list. Today I’m using my Flower Punch Board to make flower letters.

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You’ll need a paper mache letter (or letters). I ordered mine on-line, but they can be found in many craft stores as well. I’m using the letter “T” for Taylor. I started by cutting the top off of the T.  You’ll only need the box part (the part on the left in the photo below).

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Next, I covered the outside of the T with Denim Blues Pink Dot. You could use any paper to cover the outside of the letter, but because Denim Blues is fabric paper, it bends and hugs the curves of the letter really beautifully.

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Then it’s time to break out the Flower Punch Board. I created a bunch of 3” (XXS) flowers from Hello Darling paper. Even though I won’t be using long stems on these flowers, I still used the centers from the Flower Stem Kit to secure the flowers, and add a pretty center. I put some dry flower foam inside the T and used planted my paper flowers into the foam pressing the center of the flower (from the Flower Stem Kit) firmly into the foam. If you’ll be hanging your letter vertically, you may also want to add a little glue to the stem. It’s easiest to start in the center of your letter and work your way out.

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Finally, I made a few small fringe flowers from some Denim Blues fabric paper and attached them to the T as well.

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I love how fast and easy paper flowers are to make with the Flower Punch Board. I created a single flower letter, because I’m using this as a front door decoration, but there are so many ways to use these letters. For a wedding you could make the happy couple’s initials or a pretty “MR & MRS”. For a baby shower you could spell out “BABY” or the baby’s name if it’s known in advance. For home décor you could spell out “FAMILY” or “LOVE”. There are just so many fun possibilities! What letter or letters would you fill with flowers?

 

Supplies

Flower Punch Board
Flower Stem Kit
Hello Darling Charming
Hello Darling Shindig
Hello Darling Breezy
Denim Blues Pink Dot
Denim Blues Mint Dot
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Serendipity Enamel Dots
American Crafts This to That Double Sided Super Sticky Red Tape