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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Watercolored Coffee Filter Flowers

Yesterday, I shared my Spring mantle decor and you saw a glimpse of the watercolored coffee filter flowers I created. 
 These were a totally random idea. I was sitting in my craft area, trying to figure out what to add/make for the mantle and I wanted to use materials I had on hand and these came to mind. 

I was eager to make them and once the first one was complete, I was SO excited with how it turned out! 

They are SUPER easy to make as well. 
Here is how you can make your own.

-Coffee Filters
-Watercolor Paint (I bought this set for Miss P and borrowed them before she used them.)
-Glue Gun

First, take a coffee filter and flatten it out.

With the color of your choice, paint the edge of the coffee filter.
Let dry.

You will need 7 to 10 normal sized coffee filters for a large sized flower.

For the main part of the flower, you will paint a coffee filter as is, then fold one in half and in half again and cut the edge off about a 1/4 in., and for the last filter, fold the same way and cut more off so you have three different petal sizes.

I then cut out the very center section of a filter to make the center "eye" of the flower.
I painted the outside the same as the petal color and then painted a few different colors to make the center of the flower to give it some depth.

 Once all the filters are dry, it is time to glue them together.
Layer each of the cut filter on top of each other. Only place the glue in the center of the filter.

Then, you will take 3 more filters for the next set of petals. Glue them equally around the main flower section.

Continuing gluing the rest of the petals layering them as you go.
The more petals you add, the bigger your flower will be.

Time to add the texture.
To start, fold in and scrunch the eye layer and the next two layers.
Then just take the flower in your hand and scrunch it into a ball. 

Release the flower and let it open on it's own.
For the inner layers, gently pull back the petals until you see the center "eye" layer.

If you don't like what the flower looks like, you can rescrunch it.

Here is the flower complete! 

I made a few different sizes and placed them around the mantle.
The yellow and purple flowers, are the large 10+ petal flowers.
The pink flower on the mantle is only created with 7 petals.
The two flowers on the wall are only the main 4 petals.

I love the center peaking out from within the bright colorful petals. 

They are the perfect pop of color on my mostly white mantle and defintely helped get me more into the spring time spirit since it is still pretty blah here in CO.


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