For those of you who have been interested in how we made the coffee filter flowers, here’s a step-by-step tutorial. The great thing about these flowers is that they cost next to nothing to make! Plus, it’s simple enough for kids to do.
All you’ll need is a stapler, a good pair of scissors, some tape (optional), and your coffee filters. We used several different sizes – and even tried mini cupcake liners!
Each flower uses 10 coffee filters. To start, you take the first filter (or two, if you have good scissors), and fold it as shown in steps 1-4 below.
When it is folded, simply cut around the top to create a rounded edge (shown in step 5 above and in the picture below). For a different look, try trimming the filters to a point. This will give your flower a spiky look!
Repeat with the other 9 filters.
When all the filters have been cut, lay them out on the table and begin stacking them.
We found it worked nicely to alternate the petals, rather than aligning them with each other.
Continue stacking until all the filters have been used.
Now, staple the filters together in the very center. We stapled both from the top and the bottom of the stack, in order to provide more stability.
If you have large coffee filters, you can reach the middle by folding over the edges of the filters, as shown below.
Once they are all stapled up, and ready to go, take the top filter and bunch it together. This will be the center of the flower.
Repeat with each filter until a relatively tight flower is formed.
Now, stand your flower up and fluff it. You can do a bit of shaping now to suit your taste.
At this point, if you like, you may pinch the filters around the staples and tape it up. This creates a sort of stem, and can help finalize the shape of your flower.
And voila! A lovely flower.