Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make Coffee Filter Sunflowers

Tutorial Tuesday: How to Make Coffee Filter Sunflowers

As we bid farewell to summer and welcome September, it's the perfect time for an exciting and easy craft project designed especially for kids! Today, we'll show you how to make vibrant coffee filter sunflowers that will brighten up your space and keep the summer spirit alive. This craft is perfect for weekends and after-school adventures. So, gather your art supplies, and let's embark on this sunny journey!

Materials You'll Need (for one flower):

  • 3 white coffee filters
  • Plate
  • 2 Small Cups
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Cooling racks
  • Safety scissors
  • 1 sheet of light blue construction paper
  • White school glue
  • Cinnamon

Step-by-Step End-of-Summer Adventure:

Step 1: Prepare Your Craft Haven

Lay down some old newspapers or a plastic tablecloth to keep your crafting area clean, and don't forget to put on a smock or those comfy old clothes to protect yourself from any colorful spills!

Step 2: Mix Your Petal Paint

Set up two small cups, your potion-making stations! In one cup, mix 10 drops of sunny yellow food coloring with one tablespoon of water. In the second cup, conjure a magical blend with 7 drops of yellow food coloring and 4 drops of fiery red food coloring, all in one tablespoon of water. Stir them well to create your sunshiney petal paint!

Step 3: Paint the Petals of Late Summer

Place one of the coffee filters on a paper plate, your canvas of creativity! Dip your paintbrush into the golden potion and let your imagination run wild as you paint the coffee filter from top to bottom. After your masterpiece is complete, carefully transfer your petal to a cooling rack to dry. Repeat these steps for the other two coffee filters. Paint one with the fiery shades of orange, and for the third one, mix up your own unique blend of yellow and orange water. Let your creativity shine like the late summer sun!

Step 4: Shape the Petals into Blossoms

Once your petal paintings are dry, it's time to give them the shape of a flower! Fold all three coffee filters in half, then in half again. And guess what? Fold them in half two more times to make four layers of petal power! Use your safety scissors to round the edges, shaping them into perfect petals. When you open them up, they'll look just like late summer blossoms.

Step 5: Assemble Your End-of-Summer Masterpiece

Now, it's time to bring your late summer sunflower to life! Grab your light blue construction paper and create a circle of glue in the center. Place one of your coffee filter petals on the glue. Layer the other two petals on top, turning them a bit to create a fuller and more vibrant sunflower. To make the sunflower's golden heart, sprinkle a touch of cinnamon on the glue circle in the middle. Once it's dry, shake off the extra cinnamon, and voilà – your late summer masterpiece is complete!


You did it! You've crafted a beautiful coffee filter sunflower that captures the spirit of late summer and the warmth of sunny days. This creative project is perfect for kids of all ages, making it an ideal weekend or after-school activity. It's a fantastic way to bring the beauty of nature into your home as we transition into fall. So, get ready to display your colorful sunflower and celebrate the end of summer with creativity and sunshine!

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