Coffee Filter Roses

March 5, 2011 39 Comments by Sharyl@Thelittlebrownhouse
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I am convinced, that we could probably solve many of the worlds problems with coffee filters..

I mean seriously – is there no end to what you can do with them?

Here I am with yet another coffee filter project today – and I can’t believe how pretty it is!

I saw a post  for these flowers at Craftberry Bush-

Craftberry Bush – A Rose Tutorial

She has a beautiful blog and a great tutorial :)

I decided to try making these this weekend – cause you know I am always up for

coffee filter projects! They were so easy to make, and I was very pleased with the results!

And, the pink roses give me a little reminder that spring really will come eventually!

So – let’s get started!

Start by mixing some food coloring in a bowl of water to the desired shade.

Next time I make these, I plan on using less red dye so they are a lighter shade of pink.

Soak a stack of white coffee filters in the water for a few minutes. I can’t remember the exact

time I left them in there, but it wasn’t more than 10 minutes. Then take them out and put them

on paper towels to soak up the excess liquid. Separate out each filter and lay

them all on a cookie sheet. Turn on the oven for about 3 minutes, then turn it

off and put the cookie sheet in it. Leave them in the oven about 30 minutes to dry.

Now you should have a stack of nice pink coffee filters- you could stop here and just use them to make

coffee when you need to get in touch with your girly side.. or not..

Take one and fold it in half. Then fold it again so it is in quarters.

Now cut a circular section off of the bottom point of filter.

The other supplies you need for this project are Floral Wrap Tape and Wire Stems.

I bought both at Michaels – the store that could singlehandedly break the bank for me…

( I am due for a nail appointment next week…)

Take one edge of the cut coffee filter and begin to wind it around the end of the wire.

Keep this up, turning wire as you go, and keeping the edge tight around the wire.

It might take a few tries to get the hang of this. It took me awhile, course, I’m old too…

When the whole filter is wrapped around the wire, use the floral tape to fix

it tightly on the end of the wire. And you have made the center (bud) of your rose!

Now you can begin to wrap on the outer layers of the rose!

For the outer sections, you fold the filter one extra time -so that it is in 8ths rather than quarters.

Now you are going to cut the circle in the bottom again, and then slightly scallop the outer edges.

Open up and cut one side, and you are ready to wrap. Or rap… depending on your mood..

Continue to wrap around the wire that has the bud on it. Use the stem tape with each new filter.

It is up to you how many to use, it depends on the final look you are going for. I believe I used 4

filters total for each flower, including the initial one for the bud. When you have finished wrapping the

last filter, be sure you use the floral tape over all of the layers, and go a ways down the wire with it.

Just one last step and you are done! This last step is optional,

but it does make the rose look a little more realistic.

Mix a little bit of yellow and red food color together with water to make an orange wash.

I took a small paint brush and painted the orange lightly on the center of the roses.

Once it dries, it gives the differentiation in the flower color that adds to the realism.

And here is the finished product!

I love them in my glass Snapple bottle!

I encourage you to give these a try – I would love to try them again in some other color too.

I adore cream colored roses, but I am not sure how to dye the coffee filters for that color.

Maybe tea-stain them? If you have any ideas let me know!

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34 Comments

  1. wendy-lou
    1276 days ago

    Love these! I think I saw the original tutorial and reall liked them. You did a great job on your tutorial too. Thanks. I think that I will have to try these. As for cream colored – yummmm I think that I would try coffee diluted maybe…Tea can be so orangey…I’ll be watching to see which you try. Have a super Sunday!

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    Hey- staining them with coffee is a great idea!

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  2. the lumberjacks wife
    1276 days ago

    What if you used cupcake liners?

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    Ooohh!! You might be on to something!

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  3. Lina
    1276 days ago

    So pretty! Good idea!

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  4. Joy
    1276 days ago

    Very pretty, love the soft color! It’s amazing what you can do with a coffee filter!

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  5. Lucy
    1276 days ago

    L-O-V-E …they turned out wonderful ! thank you so much for linking back and for taking the time to let me know ! I hope to see you again soon! have a wonderful weekend !
    Blessings!
    Lucy
    (craftberrybush.blogspot.com)

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    Thank you so much for your tutorial!!

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  6. Sandy
    1276 days ago

    Love these Sharyl!! They are so pretty!! Can’t wait to try them myself!

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  7. Rachel
    1276 days ago

    Beautiful and with a few modifications you could make peonies.

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    Great idea!! I love Peonies! I bet I could use white filters and then stain the center ones with pink!

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  8. Erin @ Carolina Country Living
    1276 days ago

    Sharyl!! These are gorgeous! I’ve been arranging some new fake flowers I picked up at Hobby Lobby this week so I have flowers on the brain. Can’t wait to make these–thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  9. Bella Michelle
    1276 days ago

    So pretty! I think they would be adorable on hair clips!

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  10. Donna
    1275 days ago

    I’ve seen lots of coffee filter projects, but never pink roses! Love them! And a great tutorial, too! I liked the idea of using cupcake liners, too! I wonder if you took brown coffee filters, and soaked them in a very, very weak bleach solution how that would work? Just a thought:)

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  11. laurie
    1275 days ago

    What a darling idea! They look so real in your photos!!! These would be so much fun to use at a birthday or anniversary party or even a rehearsal dinner! Great job and great tutorial! Happy MM!

    xoxo laurie

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  12. Sue
    1275 days ago

    They are beautiful. I’m not that crafty, so who knows how mine would look…but, I think I’ll give it a try!

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  13. Michelle
    1275 days ago

    I, too, am obsessed with coffee filters. I university of Kentucky wreath using white coffee filters dyed blue (I used Rit dye. Of course, I still haven’t written the blog for it. ;-) I can’t wait to make these beautiful flowers.

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  14. Laura Ingalls Gunn
    1275 days ago

    What a great metamorphosis! Well done.

    I am having a hilarious Linky party with prizes this Wednesday. Details are on my blog today.
    I hope you’ll join in on the fun.

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  15. Leasa
    1275 days ago

    I love making things with coffee filters also. These roses are absolutely gorgeous! I just found you and am a new follower.

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  16. Teri
    1274 days ago

    These are gorgeous! :)

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  17. Mary
    1274 days ago

    What gorgeous roses!! Your nails are so pretty too! Mine never look like pretty like that.

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  18. Michelle
    1274 days ago

    Super cute! What a wonderful way to use coffee filters! Visiting from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff and I am a NEW follower!
    Hope you had a great Monday,
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  19. SouthernScraps
    1274 days ago

    These are so pretty and lifelike!

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  20. Harriett Anderson
    1274 days ago

    These are gorgeous! Who knew!

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  21. Lisa Murphy
    1274 days ago

    Love,love, love those. I was thinking of making a wreath for spring out of something like that. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Lisa
    1274 days ago

    Wow… just WOW. They are so delicate looking .. just fabulous!

    Beautiful work.

    Lisa

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  23. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    1274 days ago

    These are just the cutest thing ever! I made a coffee filter wreath last Christmas and swore off the hot glue gun. I am glad to see I don’t need it for these. Love your style and I am now following.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  24. Deneen
    1273 days ago

    This looks so good! I am going to try it! I am your newest follower. Would love for you to follow me too!
    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  25. Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes
    1273 days ago

    I’ve seen these coffee filter roses before, but the tutorial always looks so complicated and I wonder why anyone takes the time to make them. Thanks for breaking them down into simple steps. Yous are very pretty in the vase!

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  26. kara
    1273 days ago

    I LOVE this!! I would love for you to share it at my Linky Party!

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  27. Kim
    1273 days ago

    Those are so pretty. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  28. Vicki V
    1267 days ago

    Oh.my.goodness. These are just GORGEOUS!

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  29. Amanda - Girl in Pink
    1266 days ago

    Lovely pink roses and what a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing! I must give these a try!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  30. kara
    1266 days ago

    Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

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  31. Cindy
    1252 days ago

    Can’t wait to make some of these! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m a big scrap booker and have a lot of Maya Mists; wondering if I can spray those on for the color?

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  32. Niki
    1137 days ago

    i’m trying to dye some with vanilla extract as we speak. i love the color and the smell :)

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  33. Kayla
    821 days ago

    I made these following your directions! The only different thing I did was instead of putting them in the oven I put them in my dryer. I was freaking out, but sat and watched it like a hawk. I set it on the air dry (no heat) for the majority of the dry time…about 2-3 minutes total.
    Using the dryer worked WONDERFULLY!

    Just thought I would pass along!
    Kayla

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