Hello Dear Friends!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We headed north to do some skiing. A very dear friend had given us their family condo for the weekend! (thank you so much!) Truth be told, I did not ski. I brought my mom and we went spa-ing, as the rest of the family bundled up and hit the mountain ski-ing. Let’s just say, my mom and I were exhausted after our day of
Today’s blog post is something I have wanted to try for a long time…dying coffee filters and creating paper flowers from them. Sounds fun, right? It is all over Pinterest and I have pinned it a million times. Of course you can dye the filters any color you like. Mine are going to be pink. (I know, big shocker!)
It requires only a few supplies but does take a lot of time to complete.
Today I will show you Part I….How to dye the coffee filters.
Next week I will show you Part II… How to create beautiful flowers using them.
All you need are coffee filters, a plastic tub, paint or dye, rubber gloves, cookie sheets and an oven. I purchased (2) packages of 150 coffee filters for .99 each. Being the first time at attempting this project I was unsure of exactly how many filters I would need, so I dyed all of them. This is such an expensive project to create! (#sarcasm #justkidding)
I added 2-3″ of water to the plastic tub. (I used room temperature water. I do not think the temperature of the water affects the outcome) For my first attempt at dying the filters, I added about a teaspoon of dark pink craft paint to the water. Using a whisk, I mixed it until it was completely dissolved. (After my first batch of filters dried, they had only a tinge of pink. I wanted more color. I dumped that bin of water out and tried again, this time using red food color dye. The color was much deeper and the filters dyed to a perfect shade of pink…just what I was hoping for)
I put on my rubber gloves and submerged stacks, of about 10 coffee filters, into the water. After a few seconds I squeezed out as much water as I could and then placed them on a kitchen towel. I rolled up the towel to remove even more water. (the filters are quite durable, so do not worry about tearing them)
I then flattened them out with my hands, trying to smooth them out as much as possible.
How to dry the coffee filters?
On the internet there are many different ways to dry them. I decided to use my ovens and be vigilant about watching them and not burning down my home! I read that you can simply separate the damp filters and place them in a sunny spot of your home, but I think that would take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. (I am all about getting the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible.)
So I set each oven to 250 to preheat them. I placed the stacks of damp filters on a cookie sheet, trying not to overlap. I set the timer for 20 minutes and watched the oven closely!! This would not be the time to start a load of laundry or go and take that morning shower.
I needed to “dry” 300 filters so I experimented with a few different techniques to dry them. I found what worked best for me was to place a wire rack directly on the cookie sheet.
Then place the damp stacks of filters on the rack, again, careful not to overlap.
As I removed the cookie sheets from the oven there were always a few filters that needed to “cook” a little longer. I would put them back in the oven for only another minute or two. I am fortunate to have (2) ovens so I had (2) cookie sheets in each oven, making the process a little quicker.
Once all the coffee filters were dry, I had stacks and stacks of them. Don’t you just love the color?
I am a little persnickety and did not love that the filters were “wrinkle-ly.”
So, yes, I pulled out my iron and flattened all 300 filters. It did take time but I like them smooth and knew I would appreciate the time it took when it came to creating the flowers!
Below is my first coffee filter flower! I think it is simply beautiful! Doesn’t it look just like a real rose?
Although I know….”A rose is a rose is a rose….”
I do think it almost looks like the real thing. What do you think?
I am off to create about 1000 more flowers because I am hoping to put them all together for a spectacular Valentine’s Day Wreath!!
Enjoy your day. I will be back on Thursday with another DIY Valentine’s project and next week I will share my rose wreath. (I will need the weekend to complete it!)