Coffee Filter Flower Tutorial

A few weeks ago my husband was in charge of a dinner for 300 people for our church. Which meant that I was half in charge of a dinner for 300 people. :) One of my jobs was to make centerpieces. For 33 tables. For not a lot of cash. The first thing I thought of was my Coffee Filter Roses. But I needed over 100 of the suckers, so I wanted something even easier. I found a few tutorials online for  coffee filter peonies, but they involved floral wire, and I could not get them to work.
After much trial and error, and possibly a couple of swear words, I came up with my own method. It is by far easier than any of the other ways I tried. With the help of a few friends, we cranked out over 100 of them in just an afternoon. Sweet!
Wanna make some for yourself? Here is my method for making them:

Coffee Filter Flower Tutorial

-Coffee Filters
-Bamboo Skewers
-Hot Glue Gun and Glue
-Piercing tool or nail
-Spray paint and paper towel tube (if you want any color other than white)


1- Make a stack of about 6 coffee filters. Draw a dot in the center.
2-Use a piercing tool or a nail to poke a small hole through the middle. Make sure you go through all the layers.
coffee-filter-flower-tutorial3-Poke the sharp end of the bamboo skewer through the hole about 1/2″. Cover the whole tip with hot glue.
Note: I painted my skewers by lining them all up in a shoe box, then shaking it while I applied spray paint. You can do the same, or
just leave them unpainted.
coffee-filter-flower-tutorial4-Now quickly scrunch the first coffee filter around the tip, pressing tightly to make sure it attaches well to the hot glue. This forms the center of your flower.
coffee-filter-flower-tutorial5-Flip your flower upside down and place a ring of hot glue around the entire skewer. This will hold your flower in place so that it won’t wobble on the stem.
coffee-filter-flower-tutorial6-To form the flower, take one layer at a time and scrunch it up around the center of the flower. I thought it looked the best to squeeze it together at the bottom, but for a more carnation look, just squeeze it up in your fist.
coffee-filter-flower-tutorialWhen you have all the layers squeezed together, it should look something like this:
coffee-filter-flower-tutorial7- At this point you can leave them white, or spray paint them any color you like. To stop the spray paint from getting on the stems, I put my flowers into an empty paper towel tube. Worked perfect! Just make sure you use a light touch, it doesn’t take much paint to do the job.
coffee-filter-flower-tutorial-diyI put my flowers into  pint sized mason jars because I have a ton of them. I bought clear and blue glass marble thingies at the dollar store to fill the jars. You can leave the jars as they are, but I think it looks pretty to embellish them.

For this one I wrapped burlap around the jar, then added ribbon for a pop of color.
diy-coffee-filter-flower-tutorialAnd for this one, I used the colored flowers, so I just wrapped the jar with white ribbon.
There are endless possibilities! I’ve also made a Halloween version which I will be sharing later. I hope you will give them a try! They are so easy, and so pretty!


  1. Marci Maloney says:

    Excellent tutorial. THANKS!


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