We love simple, recyclable crafts that families can do together! Our painted coffee filter flowers craft turns into a fun decoration for your child’s room!
A few years ago, we were asked to speak at a local Children’s Mental Health Awareness Conference. We talked with parents about the importance of spending quality time together with your children and offered them ideas of how they can bond with their child without spending a lot of money. My sister and I are really good at coming up with simple, recyclable crafts that families can do together on a dime and we had the parents in our seminar make some of these crafts with us.
One day we’ll actually get around to turning our ideas into a book, but for now, we’re just going to share this super simple coffee filter craft with you. We actually decorated all of the conference tables with vases full of them and the parents couldn’t get over how cute they were.
In our session, we had the parents partner up with their neighbor and make a painted coffee filter flower together. As they chatted and crafted away, they were able to see that not only was this craft a pretty decoration for their child’s room, but it took just enough time to make that they could really have a nice conversation while doing it.
The idea was that if parents can set aside some time to craft with their children, their children will become engaged in the crafting projects and hopefully let their guard down a bit. When this happens, family conversations will too.
Although this painted coffee filter flower craft was the crowd favorite, our painted rocks were a big hit too.
PAINTED COFFEE FILTER FLOWERS CRAFT
- Coffee filters
- Paint, assorted colors
- Paint brush
- Pipe cleaners, green
Step 1: Flatten out the coffee filters and paint them a variety of colors. Allow to dry completely.
Step 2: Crumple the coffee filters up into tight little balls.
Step 3: Flatten the coffee filters back out again. Stack 2-3 coffee filters on top of each other and poke a pipe cleaner through the middle of them. Make a “knot” in the center of the flower to secure the pipe cleaner and fluff the coffee filters up a bit. Twist the bottom of the pipe cleaner a bit to make it look more like a stem. That’s it!
What are some of your favorite low cost, recyclable crafts to make withy our kids? We would love to see them. Leave us your link or comment below!