Coffee Filter Art 3 Ways

We did our very first coffee filter art this past week.  I didn’t look up any tutorials before we began, so what we did was all in the name of experimenting.  We came up with 3 different methods for creating coffee filter art, and each one makes the end product a little different!  My kids begged to make these for days!  One of the best parts about coffee filter art is that it is so incredibly cheap to make, so if your child does fall in love with creating this type of art, you won’t go broke buying craft supplies! 🙂

coffee filter art

To save money, I bought the jumbo pack of 600 coffee filters using our club warehouse membership.  If you buy in bulk, the price is typically around $1/100 filters.  Here are two decent deals I found on Amazon: 100 coffee filters or 700 coffee filters.

Coffee Filter Art:

All 3 of the techniques we used to make coffee filter art start with these materials and directions.  The variances will be described after these basics are covered.

Materials Needed:

  • Coffee Filters
  • Food Coloring

Basic Directions:

1.  Set up your work area.  We did our art on a plastic tray so the excess water wouldn’t get on the table.  We laid our coffee filter on top of some old flour sack towels to help absorb the excess colored water.  The towels may stain, so be sure to use towels designated as rags.

2.  Prepare your colors.  I used 3 small cups and put about 10 drops of food coloring in each, followed by approximately 3 tablespoons of water.  If you want darker colors use less water; if you want lighter colors, use more water.  Mix well.

Now choose one of the techniques below to continue!

Coffee Filter Art: Technique #1

Additional Materials Needed:

  • Nasal Aspirator, Medicine Dropper, or Pipette

Additional Directions:

Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.

3.  Use the nasal aspirator, medicine dropper, or pipette to squeeze up one color at a time and squirt it onto the coffee filter in whatever pattern you want.  Squeeze any excess back into the same cup.  Choose a different color and continue.

Notes:  It helps to choose colors that mix well for this technique.  For example, we used the primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.

coffee filter art

coffee filter art

coffee filter art

 

Coffee Filter Art Technique #2

Additional Materials Needed:

  • Cotton Swabs

Additional Directions:

Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.

3.  Put one cotton swab into each of the colors.  Use one cotton swab at a time to draw, make patterns, or make dots on your coffee filter.

coffee filter art

coffee filter art

 

Coffee Filter Art Technique #3

No Additional Materials Needed

Additional Directions:

Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.

3.  Fold the coffee filter in half.  Fold it in half again.  And again.  And again.  There should be a total of 4 folds.  When finished, you should have a skinny triangle shape.

4.  Dip one tip of the folded coffee filter into one of your colors.  Less is more as it will actually absorb the color and spread through your filter.  Turn the filter and dip another tip into a different color.  You can repeat with a 3rd color if you wish.  Each time let excess color drip back into the cup.

5.  Carefully unfold the wet filter without tearing it.  Lay it out to dry on your towel.

coffee filter art

coffee filter art

coffee filter art

coffee filter art

 

Of all the coffee filter art techniques, I think our favorite was #3 as we got the neatest patterns and brightest colors that way!!  While this is amazing PROCESS art, you can check back later this week as I share some of the finished art PRODUCTS we made with our coffee filter art.  You can really do so much with these!!

coffee filter art

In the meantime, check out these alternate methods for doing coffee filter art from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.

Have you tried coffee filter art?  What’s your favorite technique?


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  • Nina says:

    A while back we made some coffee filter crafts. We made ours by coloring a coffee filter with washable markers then gently spraying them with a squirt bottle. You can find pictures of our project here: http://jumpingbeansoup.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-few-days-off.html

  • Kristen B says:

    This is great! My 2 year old and I just did it. Eventually he just dumped all the colors into the bin so we used coffee filters to soak up the colors out of the towel and that also made cool patterns.

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  • misty says:

    I have done coffee filter art with my girls. we done ours with markers and spray with water bottle. then made them into flowers. they were very pretty. gave them to grandmas for mothers day. 🙂

  • Linda says:

    This is neat kids could this n u can put in frames for them, they will love this , hang on the wall

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    My daughter and I created the illustrations for Mabell’s Zoo with coffee filters, an interactive children’s picture book, to be released September 2013 for iPad and Android devices.

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