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Coffee Filter Sunflower Craft

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This coffee filter sunflower is the perfect summer craft for kids to make at home, daycare or camp. 

This craft project is ideal for kindergarten and elementary age children. Preschool age children can also complete this craft with some assistance. 

This sunflower craft is fairly easy to make, inexpensive and has so much decorating potential!

Kids will love spraying the coffee filters with water and watching the colors blend too.

I love how this method of coloring the coffee filters makes it look like watercolor painting!

Looking for more projects like this? Don’t miss our Coffee Filter Poinsettia Flowers as well as our book of 15 cute coffee filter crafts.

White text with black outline says Coffee Filter Sunflowers above two completed coffee filter sunflower crafts glued to blue construction paper with green pipe cleaner stems.

Sunflower Coffee Filter Craft

This coffee filter sunflower craft uses just a few common craft supplies and only takes about 20 minutes to complete (plus additional drying time).

Do this craft at home, as a family, or at a school or summer camp. It’s a quick and easy craft to include in an art center.

Making these coffee filter sunflowers are a fun fine motor activity for preschool and kindergarten children that provides coloring, tracing, cutting and gluing practice.

Older children will also enjoy this craft that they can complete mostly independently. 

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

It’s important to protect your work surface by placing the coffee filters on top of a craft mat, parchment paper, zippered plastic bag, or even a paper plate before spraying.

If prepping for a large group or if crafting with younger children, I suggest pre-cutting the 2-inch circles (used for the center of the sunflower) out of brown construction paper ahead of time.

One finished coffee filter sunflower on blue paper with green stem and leaves. Center of flower is a brown construction paper circle with a glitter glue swirl.

For older children, it may also help to have an item ready to trace nearby. We used a cup that had a 2-inch bottom for tracing.

When your sunflower is completely dry, you can create a lovely picture by gluing them on to blue construction paper and adding green chenille stems and green construction paper for the leaves and stem.

You could also glue many sunflowers on a larger poster board for a camp or classroom to display the kids’ artwork.

If you don’t have glitter glue or sequins on hand, you could also use pom poms, beads or even real sunflower seeds to decorate the center of the flowers.

You could also color the centers with markers or crayons, or simply leave them blank.

Various colors of construction paper, coffee filters, green chenille stems, sequins, glitter glue, scissors, orange, yellow, and green markers, and liquid glue on table.

Coffee Filter Sunflower Craft Supplies:

How to Make Coffee Filter Sunflowers:

Start by flattening out round coffee filters. We used two for one flower. 

Draw on them with yellow (or a combination of yellow and orange) washable markers. Lightly color the entire area.

Coloring a coffee filter with yellow washable marker.

Tip: Coffee filters bleed color because they are so thin. Placing your coffee filter on top of a piece of construction or printer paper while coloring will help protect your work surface.

Spritzing yellow colored coffee filter with water.

Place the colored coffee filters on a paper plate, sheet of parchment paper, craft mat or large zippered baggie and spray with water. Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

Once your coffee filter is dry, now it is time to make the petals!

First, begin by folding your coffee filter in half, then in half again and again and again until you have a total of 4 folds (see picture).

Collage showing the steps of folding the colored coffee filter and cutting it to look like sunflower petals.

Next, make two rounded cuts to create a “petal”-like look.

Finally, begin to unfold your coffee filter, one fold at a time, to cut about half of the way down each of your previous fold lines.

Once all of your cuts are made, complete this process with your second coffee filter.

Next, use your liquid glue to attach both petal-blossoms together, setting them on top of each other and offsetting the petals slightly.

Yellow dyed coffee filters with petals cut, brown paper circles, green paper leaves, sequins, glitter glue, green pipe cleaners, and glue.

Again, because the coffee filters are so thin, I recommend placing something under them while gluing. 

Gluing brown construction paper circle to center of coffee filter sunflower petals.

Once the coffee filter blossoms are glued together, take a 2-inch round circle of brown construction paper and glue it onto the center.

Set aside to dry.

Gluing gold sequins to center of coffee filter sunflower art project.

Now you can begin to decorate the center. We used gold glitter glue and sequins.

Allow to dry.

Lastly, if you would like to add a stem and leaves, gather a green chenille stem and a green piece of construction paper. Cut leaf-shapes out of the construction paper and attach both with liquid glue.

Completed sunflower made with coffee filters, construction paper, chenille stem and sequins glued to blue construction paper.

More Summer Craft Ideas:

two completed coffee filter sunflower crafts on blue paper.

Coffee Filter Sunflower Craft

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5 or less

Make a pretty coffee filter sunflower for an easy summer craft for kids.

Materials

  • 2 Round White Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers
  • Construction paper
  • Liquid school glue (white)
  • Glitter glue or sequins (optional)

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Cup (or other item for tracing)
  • Paper Plate, parchment paper, ziploc bag or craft mat
  • Water Spray Bottle (for color blending)

Instructions

  1. Start by flattening out round coffee filters. We used two for one flower. 
  2. Draw on them with yellow (or a combination of yellow and orange) washable markers. Lightly color the entire area.
  3. Place the colored coffee filters on a paper plate, sheet of parchment paper, craft mat or large zippered baggie and spray with water. Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.
  4. These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.
  5. Once your coffee filter is dry, now it is time to make the petals!
  6. First, begin by folding your coffee filter in half, then in half again and again and again until you have a total of 4 folds (see picture).
  7. Next, make two rounded cuts to create a “petal”-like look.
  8. Finally, begin to unfold your coffee filter, one fold at a time, to cut about half of the way down each of your previous fold lines.
  9. Once all of your cuts are made, complete this process with your second coffee filter.
  10. Next, use your liquid glue to attach both petal-blossoms together, setting them on top of each other and offsetting the petals slightly.
  11. Again, because the coffee filters are so thin, I recommend placing something under them while gluing. 
  12. Once the coffee filter blossoms are glued together, take a 2-inch round circle of brown construction paper and glue it onto the center.
  13. Set aside to dry.
  14. Now you can begin to decorate the center. We used gold glitter glue and sequins.
  15. Allow to dry.
  16. Lastly, if you would like to add a stem and leaves, gather a green chenille stem and a green piece of construction paper. Cut leaf-shapes out of the construction paper and attach both with liquid glue.

Notes

Coffee filters bleed color because they are so thin. Placing your coffee filter on top of a piece of construction or printer paper while coloring will help protect your work surface.

Before spraying, place the coffee filters on top of a craft mat, parchment paper, zippered plastic bag, or even a paper plate before spraying.

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

Did you make this project?

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