We love rainbows at our house, so as we were experimenting with coffee filter art this past week, rainbows were one of the first projects we attempted! This coffee filter rainbow craft was so simple to make, and yet turned out so cute! We tried making the rainbows a bunch of different ways, but here we’ll share the method that worked the best. Feel free to experiment beyond these directions though; it’s so much fun you won’t be able to stop!
Coffee Filter Rainbow Craft
Part One: Coloring the Coffee Filter
1. Cut a coffee filter in half. Then cut out a small semi-circle from the side with the flat edge so that you have a rainbow shape. For brighter results, use a small stack of 2-4 coffee filters and leave them stacked together for the whole project from start to finish.
2. Set up your colors. I used 3 small cups and put a small amount of water in each (1-2 tablespoons). I put about 10 drops of food coloring in each of the cups to make one red, one yellow, and one blue. Less added water will result in darker/brighter colors and more added water will result in lighter colors.
3. Set up your work space. I used a plastic tray and lined it with a flour sack towel to absorb the extra colored water. Be sure to use an old rag as it may stain.
4. Use the nasal aspirator, medicine dropper, or pipette to squeeze up some red color. Gently squeeze out an arch of red color along the top of the rainbow shaped coffee filter. Squeeze any extra color back into the red cup. This next photo was taken after several rainbows had already been made, so that’s why you can see colors already on the towel underneath.
5. Repeat with blue except this time squeeze an arch of blue along the bottom of the rainbow shaped coffee filter.
6. Repeat with yellow except this time squeeze an arch of yellow along the middle of the rainbow shaped coffee filter. The colors should mix at least a little bit to create some orange between the red and yellow and some green between the yellow and blue.
7. Fill in any white spaces with additional color and add color as needed to get the colors to mix a little.
8. Lay the colored rainbow coffee filter onto a dry towel to air dry.
Part Two: Assembling the Rainbow Craft
- Rainbow Coffee Filter (from part one above)
- Blue or White Card Stock or Construction paper
- Cotton Balls
- Glue Stick
- White glue
1. After the rainbow painted coffee filter is dry, you can glue it onto blue or white card stock or construction paper using a glue stick. If you’ve painted a small stack of coffee filters, you can use the glue stick to carefully adhere each layer together and then glue the entire stack to the paper. Press down firmly or place under a heavy book to press for a few moments.
2. Use white glue to attach cotton ball clouds to the ends of your rainbow.
This is such a cute and simple rainbow craft to brighten anyone’s day. It’s a really great project for all ages, from toddler on up to adults! It can easily be framed, or modified to make a card. I just love ours!
We did even more with rainbows and coffee filters this week, so stay tuned for more!
Here are some other coffee filter and rainbow projects you might like:
- Coffee Filter Art 3 Ways
- Mosaic Rainbow Art
- Fun with Rainbows: Color & Writing Play for Kids
- Cotton Ball Rainbows
- Coffee Filter Heart Art
If you make a Coffee Filter Rainbow Craft, be sure to share it on the Parent Teach Play Facebook page! We’d love to see!
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